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This week, we speak to Ingrid van Boheemen in the OAE office about her time with the Orchestra (she’s leaving us this week :()
The Intern (or The Office-Wide Resource)
What does your typical day involve?
Answering the phone, sending emails, updating the database, drafting schedules/contracts and pretty much seeing how everything works and helping out with everything!
Which mobile number do you call the most?
The musicians’….asking for E101 forms, sorry about that.
What – or where – is perfection?
Drinking riesling and eating fries at the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland after a day at the beach.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
I really don’t have one, despite thinking about this for a very long time.
Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
Maybe Stephen Fry, because he has managed to be a celebrity AND an intellectual…not to mention dealing with mental illness, quitting smoking and losing weight. (this may also be influenced by how much I like Jeeves and Wooster!)
What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I’d be pretty happy if I could play jazz piano.
What do you fear the most?
Spiders, by far.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
‘Just get on with it’, there’s a lot to be said be being utterly terrified of something and doing it anyway.
What was the first album you ever bought?
I think it was ENZSO, a collaboration between Split Enz and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
I have no idea as my taste in music is rather nomadic, but it’s probably something classic like the Beatles.
Which OAE concert are you most looking forward to in 2010-2011?
The Beethoven Symphony 7 concert at the QEH, as I’ve never heard it on period instruments and it’s amazing!
What’s been the highlight of your time at OAE?
Musically – watching Kati’s Tour of Italy project in rehearsal and in concert.
Administratively – getting the orchestra to Keswick, Sheffield and back in the “greenist” way possible (hopefully!)