Hi, I’m John and I’m Director of Marketing & Audience Development at the OAE (saying all that is a mouthful I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to…)
I first saw OAE at The Night Shift in a crowded room above a pub in Islington in 2011. Jude Law was in the audience – he was on his own, keeping himself to himself – and I remember OAE’s Matt Truscott presenting the show from the stage like the charismatic front man of an indie band. The gig ended with a singalong of Purcell’s bawdy drinking songs. I learnt, as the OAE had promised, that not all orchestras are the same.
Before OAE, I was a theatre journalist and then worked at English Touring Opera, where we showed that, with the right price and the right attitude, you can encourage a wide range of people to attend opera, all over the country. I’m looking forward to continuing that with OAE who, of course, are real leaders at encouraging young people to think differently about classical music.