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Exit Interview: Matthew Grindon

Thu 26 Jun 2014

Our Marketing and Press Officer, Matthew Grindon, responsible for a lot of the content on this website and on social media, left the OAE team last week for pastures new. We put our Exit Interview questions to him…

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Katy Bell

Press and PR Director

Hi, I’m the OAE’s first in house Press Manager, and I’ve been here since 2009, working Monday to Wednesday. 

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The Glam Factor. With Ceri Jones.

Fri 5 Aug 2011

Press Manager Katy Bell outside Mozart's House

When I tell people that I work for an Orchestra and occasionally get to accompany them on tour, they often get very excited and say, ‘ooh isn’t that glamorous’… Erm… well in a word, not always!  (editor – that’s two words!) This past weekend I was lucky enough to accompany the OAE on one of their 4 trips out to Salzburg to play in the festival’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. I definitely drew the short straw with this one – one of those blink and you’ll miss it 24 hour trips, but I did get to enjoy some stunning opera in one of the worlds classiest and distinguished music festivals so it can’t have been all bad. Do the negatives cancel out the highlight?  What do you think to this chain of events?? The glamour scale… Saturday morning aka usually my weekend.  Alarm fails to go off so I have approximately 5 minutes accompanied by sheer panic to get dressed and leave the house (minus). Arrive at Heathrow Terminal 1, along with the rest of the UK as it’s the first day of the school summer holidays.  Spend ages queuing to check in, then helping to sneak OAE players to the front of the queue and the bag drop so we don’t miss our plane (minus). Finally, through security and time for a coffee with our orchestra manager, Philippa, Press Manager Katy and the 2 Tony wind players (plus). Onto the plane, jam my bag in the overhead locker and settle in to my seat, with my free copy of the Daily Mail…(editor – double minus) I’m sandwiched in the middle of a 3. Surrounded by screaming children (minus). Offered a skanky egg sandwich (minus).

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New brochure: sneak peak!

Thu 28 Apr 2011

Yesterday we sent the final proof of our new 2011-2012 brochure back to the printer, giving it a final sign-off so that they can proceed with printing all 36,000 copies. Always slightly scary in case there’s a hideous mistake you’ve missed… To avoid that, it gets read by as many people as possible in the office. Here’s Press Manager Katy Bell giving it a final once-over.

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