As I end my three-month placement within the OAE as the Marketing and Press trainee, I have compiled a list of the 5 reasons YOU should apply for the position.Read More
If so, we want to hear from you. We’re currently recruiting a new Development Director, to head our fundraising operation.Read More
When I go to conferences and seminars and the like one of the recurring themes seems to be that of organisational structure and the need for successful organisations to break down the ‘silos’ that often occur within them – i.e. departments that work in isolation from each other, with little understanding of each other and what they’re up to – sometimes even being hostile to each other.
That such a situation occurs within big organisations is perhaps understandable, but its surprising that even in an office of just 18 people that we do sometimes have some small symptoms of this – not everyone realising that an education event is occurring, that the orchestra is that morning off on tour, being unaware of a Financial deadline looming, or that two people have been emailing the same person at the Southbank Centre the same question…. Little things.Read More
This week, we speak to Lucy Pilcher…
What’s your role in the OAE office?
Development Events Officer – I organise all of the events for people who support the Orchestra AND get to go to them, best job ever!
What does your typical day involve?
Anything from emailing corporates to arranging caterers to making pink tinsel name badges to going to drinks receptions…
Which mobile number do you call the most?
My sister – she’s one of my Magic Numbers and lives 200 miles away so we call each other a lot!
What – or where – is perfection?
A lazy morning spent in pyjamas with a tasty breakfast and the Guardian.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Belle from Beauty and the Beast, because of how much she loves her Father and risks and sacrifices for him.Read More
I am writing this on my final day here at the OAE. Firstly I should just explain the title ….on my second day here I got to accompany Megan to Glyndebourne to see Don Giovanni conducted by Vlad, and tonight on my last day is the fantastic concert in the RFH of Wagner, Liszt and Mahler again conducted by Vlad.
I have enjoyed my time here immensely, I was applying to the internship to find out all about ‘orchestra managing’, but have come away with knowledge about stage management, touring, visas, franking machines, rehearsals, lit stands, technical riders, Donor strategy, fixing, programming, recording, marketing, press interviews, the BBC, printing labels, playing the violin, making teas, folding music stands, running rehearsals, ordering bouquets, eating chocolates, evacuating Kings Place, and most of all un-jamming the photocopier.Read More
I wanted to say a huge thank you to you all for the last five fantastic years. As you may know I have been appointed Development Director of Future Talent and take up post there in the New Year. I am excited about my new role but I can hardly believe that I am leaving the OAE.
I feel I have “grown up” as a fundraiser at the OAE. I came here five years ago with a masters degree and a few lucky gifts raised but it is here that I have leant how to look after donors, to grow someone’s support and most importantly how to hold your breath and hope all goes how you planned.
I leave here with some fantastic musical memories. The Ian Bostridge Southbank Handel aria concert in 2007 has to be one of my favourite concerts seconded only by the amazing St Matthew Passion at Glyndebourne which I loved. Battling through a snow storm with the band in Washington DC to a dining club after the Library of Congress concert was probably not my best moment of organisation but it was certainly memorable. Watching Steve Thomas and Will Norris mimicking the dance in Julius Cesare on the lawn of Glyndebourne will always make me laugh.Read More