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?!Read More
I’ve been lucky enough to see loads of the wonderful Education work we’ve been doing over the last few months: going to Hastings to watch a fabulous Anthem for a Child concert, taking part in workshops at a special needs school in south-east London and going on a journey with OAE TOTS at the Southbank Centre (as well as lugging children’s instruments to/from school and shepherding schools into Kings Place)!
And, I have to say, kudos to our Education team Cherry and Ellie- the logistics of organising so many different projects is exhausting to even think about and they’re still smiling after every event!
Tonight, they’re taking the Anthem tour to Old Spitalfields Market at 6pm with home-grown young musicians from Tower Hamlets and CM Sounds.
Then, they’ll be travelling across to the Southbank Centre on Sunday 24 June for two free OAE TOTS workshops at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Sounds Venezuela festival…
And on Monday 25 June, the Anthem tour will be on the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall for a free concert at 5pm, where children from across London will perform the two specially written Anthems by composer James Redwood.
Finally, the whole project comes to an end on Friday 29 June at Cecil Sharp House where OAE musicians will be joined by local London primary schools and groups from the nationwide Anthem tour for a final sing and send off.
Wow. Those girls deserve a medal, or at least a well-earned rest after all that!
For full information on what happened on the Anthem tour and to watch a video about the project, visit our Education pages.
Natasha Stehr, Marketing and Press Officer
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The girls of the OAE office lead a fabulous life. It’s full of glitz, glamour, shopping and gossip. And the occasional technical schedule, fundraising event or marketing campaign. In recent weeks though, the glamour factor has been somewhat upped by the girls getting hold of the ultimate lifestyle accessory, the OAE goes green mug. It’s not too much of an overstatement to say that this has transformed their lives. Even the dull, grey and boring-mug filled world of Communications Director Will has been radically changed, as you’ll see in the footage above.Read More
In what’s now become an annual feature we asked office staff here at the OAE which concerts in the upcoming season they are particularly looking forward to – and here’s what they said. Oh, and you can hear more of these from the horses mouths (so to speak) in our new Podcast.
“I’m very excited to hear the Mozart programme on 24 Nov. It has an amazing cast of singers and I am interested to see how the new narration that was written especially for this performance works.”
Isabelle Tawil, Development Manager, Individual Giving
“I can’t quite decide between these 2 which will be my top picks of the Season. I was immediately drawn to the Vladimir Jurowski concert (21 Jan) because OAE in this later repertoire is such an exciting occasion – it only tends to happen once or twice a year so is definitely one to savour. We already know that the orchestra sound fantastic and different playing Wagner from the Tristan project this Summer, and as I’ve never heard the OAE play Mahler OR Liszt before, that is something new to look forward to. I had super fun playing Les Preludes about 12 years ago and I can still remember all the tunes!
Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung will be a first for me also and I’ve spent so much time working on the details for it over the last few months I can’t wait to hear it all come together. The opportunity to hear the newly commission English narration by Simon Butteriss (which is currently sitting on my desk!) will I hope give it an exciting new dimension.”
Ceri Jones, Projects Director
“Think it’s got to be the 21 January 2010 concert with the legendary Vladimir Jurowski- I can’t wait to see what the OAE do with a bit of Mahler and Liszt! I also love Sarah Connolly’s voice after hearing her in our recent prom with Sir Simon Rattle :-)”
Natasha Stehr, Marketing and Press Officer
“I’m really looking forward to the Grand Tour of Italy programme on 20 October. Whilst I love the energy of the OAE on a massive scale, I have a soft spot for these smaller self-direct programmes. Being in the audience for these programmes is like being a member of the ensemble, they have a feeling of such intimacy that it feels like you are on the stage with them. As a cellist myself, I am also biased towards this programme as there is a cello concertos in it!”
Megan Russell, Projects Officer
View and book the whole 2010-2011 Southbank Season here
This week, we speak to Natasha Stehr in the OAE office…
What’s your role in the OAE office?
Marketing and Press Officer
What does your typical day involve?
I usually start my day looking through the previous day’s papers, then check my work emails. The rest of the day comprises of: updating our social networking sites and website, preparing programmes for the new season, compiling articles for our various newsletters/blog, updating our mailing list/database, writing and sending press releases, researching new media and community websites, talking to our student reps and finding new ways to attract a younger audience to our events. Over the next two months, I’ll be going to all the London uni freshers fayres to promote our student scheme- time consuming but a lot of fun, plus I get to pick up a lot of freebies!
Which mobile number do you call the most?
Either home or my boyfriend’s mobile.Read More
A few weeks ago, we were having a chat about food (a daily occurrence in the office) and that we always have far too much junk food lying around tempting people.
So, we decided to hold a baking competition, similar to the BBC’s Bake Off programme on at the moment (although I reckon that many of the bakers here in the office are much better at cooking than the people on TV!)
Each week, a member of the office team will be cooking up a delicious homemade treat, whether it’s sweet, savoury or just plain weird, as long as it/they are edible.
I was first to bake and decided to go for a French Apple Tart, as I’ve recently discovered how to make pastry fairly well (although my first attempt was a bit of disaster- crumbly and undercooked) and I’d just picked a load of Bramley apples from a relative’s tree.Read More
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.Read More
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 […]
I arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last Thursday, pretty exhausted from our concert the night before with Sir Mark Elder conducting the OAE in Haydn’s Creation, to help out at our schools concert based around the same piece of music. I had been told that there’d be 800 kids from various schools we work with in the local Camden/Islington area as well as some who’d travelled down from Suffolk, but I couldn’t imagine quite how noisy and packed the Front Room of the QEH would be! The aim of the day was to explore the links between music and science through activities in the foyer and then a concert in the main hall.Read More
It’s going to be a bumper day on the blog today, as I have rather a lot of stories and things saved up! I’ve hesitated posting this because of the sheer embarrassment, but, selfless as I am, I’ll do it for the good of the OAE. As readers of the blog will know we have an office running club – which has sprung out of Ceri’s enthusiasm for running and also from the Association of British Orchestras Healthy Orchestra initiative. Anyway, we go running weekly, though last week there were just three of us. Halfway through the run we all realised that we were wearing identical Night Shift T shirts, which may have explained some of the funny looks (well, better to assume it’s that than my painfully white legs!). A whole new marketing initiative, and it happened by accident…
(pictured, L-R Natasha Stehr, me, Natalie Chivers. I hope they will forgive me!)
William Norris, Marketing DirectorRead More