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Reflections on the dream…

Tue 12 May 2009

I was hardly involved in the project back in 2005 (being merely the OAE’s office administrator at the time), but remembering how much I had hugely enjoyed watching the performance at the Royal Festival Hall I was excited that we’d be putting it all back together again.

The project was only confirmed a few months ago so it’s been a busy few months for everyone involved, not least for bottoms horn ears which have been to Sydney and back since February (No, not on little holiday, but to take part in the production with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra which was also care of the Tim Carroll/Jenny Tiramani team).

The performance was to take place in Middle Temple Hall, which it self brings multiple challenges – well out of the comfort zone of a concert hall, with no purpose-built auditorium, stage, ANY equipment or staff.  Cue the OAE team…

So, courtesy of our Production Manager Simon in came the stage, and making use of the chairs already at the hall, the hall was turned into an auditorium for 4 days.  Construction work started on Friday afternoon, and by Saturday afternoon the stage was built and ready for Philippa and myself to lay out the stage for the orchestra. 

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Pizza delivery!

Tue 5 May 2009

Emma Pask, our Projects Intern, is here seen modelling the latest on-trend fashion. A Domino’s Pizza uniform.
Why, you might ask?
Well, tonight we’re performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Mendelssohn’s complete incidental music) at Middle Temple, in Tim Carroll’s production which we premiered several seasons ago. And, it seems, a pizza delivery is an integral part of the production.  You’ll be able to find out whyand how because the performance is being recorded by the BBC and will be available to view on the BBC Red Button service and the BBC Radio 3 website from 10 May.

Thanks to Domino’s Pizza for donating the uniform, and to Emma for modelling it.

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