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Being an intern at the OAE: 'Like every good boy scout, always be prepared'

Mon Jul 5 2010

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This Friday we’re going to be very sad to be waving goodbye to our intern Jo, who has been with us for the past year. Jo has mainly been working with the Projects team, but has also helped out with all the other departments too – helping out at String Club, helping the marketing team at Freshers Fairs and getting stuck in at fundraising events.  We’ll be reall sorry to see her go as she’s been completely brilliant. For the recent players newsletter she wrote a ’10 ten things I have learnt’, and here they are:

  1. Like every good boy scout, always be prepared – whether it’s with a schedule so you can answer players questions, or a map so you know where you’re going
  2. You will be sent all over London running errands, but your local geography and knowledge of the underground will improve greatly as a result
  3. It is always useful to be able to wrap a bottle of wine beautifully (a skill I never quite acquired)
  4. It really is far more interesting to watch the canal wildlife than it is to do your work
  5. Always take the opportunity to go to Development events hosted by supporters of the orchestra – their houses are beautiful!
  6. Never yawn when sitting at the front of an ABO meeting, you will get caught
  7. Keep some spare make up in your bag on Southbank Centre concert days, you never know if you might be needed to present flowers on stage
  8. You will never stop feeling star struck by all of the amazing people you meet, like Sir Mark Elder and Sir Charles Mackerras
  9. It hurts a lot if you drop a timpani on your shin
  10. Enjoy every second, because it will be over before you know it!

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