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 […]
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
Here’s a few pics that I took of some recent activity in the office (I seem to be the resident photographer! – plus I have only recently caught up with everyone else in the world and got a camera with a phone…). A big brown box arrived in the office the other day, this was much more exciting than the mounds of marketing print that we normally get (!) so we were all very pleased to see that it was filled with lots of very tiny violins for our Kings Cross string project. We have a weekly string club in Kings
Cross that is led by OAE players, teaching local children to play a stringed instrument. Currently there are about 20 kids that come (including a double bassist!), but with our new violins we look forward to welcoming some more. Our Marketing Director, Will, showed off his violin skills on one of the quarter size violins (see picture).Read More