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Get to know the OAE: Part 7

Tue 18 Jan 2011

This week, we speak to Ingrid van Boheemen in the OAE office about her time with the Orchestra (she’s leaving us this week :()

What’s your role in the OAE office?

The Intern (or The Office-Wide Resource)

What does your typical day involve?

Answering the phone, sending emails, updating the database, drafting schedules/contracts and pretty much seeing how everything works and helping out with everything!

Which mobile number do you call the most?

The musicians’….asking for E101 forms, sorry about that.

What – or where – is perfection?

Drinking riesling and eating fries at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland after a day at the beach.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

I really don’t have one, despite thinking about this for a very long time.

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All the fun of the fair… (freshers that is)

Mon 13 Sep 2010

It’s that time of year again, after the long sunny weeks of summer, where students must return to the daily grind of freshers balls, socials, parties and the annual freshers fayre. (By the way, does any one know why they still use the old fashioned spelling for fair?)

Anyway…every year the OAE venture out to various unis in London, where we promote our Attitude student scheme (concert tickets for £4!) by encouraging students to sign up to our free mailing list, as well as giving out flyers and free exciting stuff like badges, posters and sweets.

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Ingrid: One month in

Tue 17 Aug 2010

I can’t say I expected to have been to 3 such brilliant concerts within my first month as the OAE intern. The highlight of my first week here was trotting off to Glyndebourne to see how everything works backstage from the orchestra’s point of view. I had duly prepared myself by watching the recent BBC series about Gareth Malone putting together a youth choir for the Knight Crew opera, so I at least had an idea what it was all about. I had heard of Glin-de-born back in New Zealand (I purposely waited in my intern interview for Ceri and Megan to say it first) and knew it as one of the top opera places in the world, but didn’t realise it was in the country-side and in such a beautiful setting. Fortunately I was ushered into a free seat behind a tv camera about 10 seconds before it began and was able to watch the show.

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