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Our New Year’s Resolutions

Fri 4 Jan 2013

As 2013 begins to take hold, most people come up with a New Year’s resolution or two, but in reality only 1 in 10 of us will keep at it for the whole year…depressing isn’t it?!

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Let them eat cake…part 4

Mon 22 Nov 2010

There’s been a distinct lack of cooking going on in the office this month 🙁 so it was a real treat when Clare Norburn (our Deputy Director of Development) cooked up a huge batch of Butternut Squash and Roasted Garlic soup with crusty rolls for our lunch last Tuesday:

I know it’s not cake, but it was delicious and very welcome, considering how arctic it is outside at the moment!

We’ve got a few more entries to go (maybe with a Christmassy theme?) so we’ll be posting them soon, before deciding on the winner.

We’re also thinking of posting the recipes for each of our bake-offs on the blog…is this something you’d like to see?  Let us know by commenting!

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Get to know the OAE: Part 1

Thu 9 Sep 2010

Over the next few months, we’ll be speaking to the OAE office team to find out a bit more about what everyone does (some people don’t realise how much work goes on behind the scenes of an orchestra!) and what makes them tick.

First to answer the quick fire questions is Clare Norburn…

What’s your role in the OAE office?

I’m the Development Manager – Trusts and Foundations at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (You need a good intake of air to say that.)  I work part-time (3 days a week).

What does your typical day involve?

Most people think my job is probably one of the most boring in the office.  I disagree.  I’m actually a kind of matchmaker.  It is true that writing looms large in my typical day – I spend a huge proportion of my time writing to persuade people to give the Orchestra money.  Once that has been achieved, there is more writing to be done – I need to provide reports to demonstrate the good use we have put their money to.   I also spend a lot of time reading guidelines, researching who funds what and putting together budgets.

Above all, my job is like a big jigsaw puzzle – I have to tie up projects which need funding with funders interests.  I seek the perfect funder for the perfect project.  It’s sort of like match-making.  I need to pitch the application right too – I need to research how much they likely to give us and what timescale they work to – usually I need to apply at least 3 or 4 months before I will hear the outcome – so I have to be organised.    I also need details and feedback to make the case about why the project needs funding and the impact that it has had – so I also spend my time boring the other departments, Projects, Marketing and particularly Education with hundreds of questions that they don’t yet want to think about.   

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OAE in NYC – the hidden fundraiser is let loose!

Mon 12 Apr 2010

I love my job at the OAE – but I have what is probably considered by most of the Orchestra as the most boring job of all.  I spend my time writing funding applications and reports, grappling with budgets and dealing with outcomes, demographics, providing evidence etc.

None of this is considered exciting blog material by other people – so I’ve never been let loose on the OAE blog before.  But for the first time, here I am writing a blog about my time in New York with the OAE.

You might think that New York is about as far away from fundraising applications and report as you can get.  Except that the reason I get to go to America is central to my job.  Not only do we have a big American benefit dinner (at Times Square no less!), but we have US foundation contacts, donors and prospects attending the Orchestra’s two Lincoln Center concerts.

Arriving in the US (for my first time ever!) with the Orchestra, I have a short while to get my bearings before having to rustle up a 10 seater taxi come limo to whisk me and members of the Orchestra off to Thomson Reuters’ building at Times Square.  There we join my colleagues Duke and Claire and members of the Orchestra have been rehearsing and setting up our first American benefit.

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Top OAE moments of 2009

Wed 27 Jan 2010

With the end of another year just passed, we took the chance to ask members of the office team about their top OAE moments of 2009:

Stephen Carpenter, Chief Executive
“In August and September 2009, as part of the OAE’s year-long homage to Haydn in his bi-centenary year, we visited the composer’s two P(a)laces of Employment: Esterhaza in Hungary and Eisenstadt in Austria.  On a swelteringly hot day in Esterhaza we performed an all-Haydn programme in the same room in which most of Haydn’s symphonies were premiered.  We had a guided tour of the Esterhazy Palace and saw the room where the Empress Maria-Theresa stayed, and performed “her” symphony (No 48 in C) later the same evening.  In the front row of the audience sat Prince Paul Esterhazy, a direct descendant of Haydn’s Patron, Prince Nicholas Esterhazy.  A real connection with a golden period in music history.  It doesn’t get much better than that!”

Clare Norburn, Development Manager
The Haydn programme with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and especially the ambience in The Night Shift that night – it was electric!

On a personal note: the moment when I opened the envelope to find we had raised £100,000 from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for the development of The Night Shift over 3 years

Natasha Stehr, Marketing and Press Officer
My 2009 highlights: becoming part of our office’s Running Club and actually sticking with it- OAE marathon next year?!  We had so many great concerts this year, it’s hard to pick one as my favourite, but if I had to choose it would have to be Marin Alsop and the OAE playing Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question as part of our Deconstructing Mozart event on the 5 Dec…a once in a lifetime moment!

Ceri Jones, Projects Manager
An office one
“the first outing for the Kings Place running club back in April.  Little did I know it would be met with so much enthusiasm, and that 8 months later a small clique would still be up and running (not sure what I can say about those that have given up, but at least they showed some initial enthusiasm and perhaps they will be tempted again in the New Year…)

A tour-related but not musical one
Having fun experiencing American mid-west culture and the most extreme cold in my life with the OAE & London Sinfonietta in Minneapolis back in January.

An actual musical one
The Creation before Christmas.  Managed to blag a seat in the auditorium rather than marching around backstage, and was blown away by the sheer volume of the orchestra and choir in that ‘let there be light’ bit!  It will stay with me for a while…

& Not so top moments
Getting up at 4am to get home from Berlin on Good Friday – way less than 24hrs after leaving London the previous day.  Ouch.

The snow day in Feb last year.  Sitting at my desk helplessly trying to get an orchestra and choir to the canary islands whilst others in the world were skiving off work ‘unable to get to work and playing in the snow 

Megan Russell, Projects Manager
I’m not sure if it my absolute ‘top moment’ artistically speaking, but a very memorable moment was when the […]

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