Well, hello lovely PSO fans! Welcome to our shiny new blog!
This blog is being brought to you LIVE from Manchester with a large cup of tea by me, Rosy Moore, PSO’s summer intern!
The idea of this blog is to give all you wonderful readers a little insight into the world of Team PSO, both musically and from the admin side. We’ll not only be blogging about our day-to-day activities, but letting you know about awesome new projects and collaborations and starting a ‘Meet the…’ series which will focus on members of the PSO orchestra, guests and admin team.
So, a little bit about me before we get started. I’m a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I’m also pursuing ESM’s Arts Leadership Certificate Program (ALP) which is the reason why I’ve been able to take up this fabulous internship in the mothership of Manchester. I’m a harpist by trade and love to perform in any capacity whether it be solo, chamber, orchestral etc. I love to push the boundaries of my instrument and am particularly interested in combining music with theatre and commissioning EVERY composer that I meet along the way! In my spare time, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, running (training for a half marathon currently…must be crazy!), baking delicious things, learning new languages and feeding my shoe addiction with new Irregular Choice shoes!
So, the subject for our opening blog, is ‘why PSO?’. More importantly, why did I want to do an internship here?
Well, partly so that I could work close to home this summer – Manchester is a wonderful city with a great arts scene and I wanted to work for a group that was based outside of London. Importantly though, I wanted to work with a new group that’s still finding it’s feet and putting down roots. Many arts organisations, including orchestras, the world over are having a variety of issues such as drops in attendance to loss of funding. I felt that going into a new and growing organisation would be more beneficial to try and approach things from a different perspective with a younger orchestra.
Being part of a small team has also meant that I’ve been able to sit in on exciting meetings with the Arts Council as well as proposing different places in Manchester that PSO can perform in. Proving that we’re #notjustanotherorchestra!
PSO has started an incredible outreach program in Harpurhey in collaboration with MCA (http://www.manchestercommunicationacademy.com/) which aims to bring classical music to audiences who may never have considered going to a concert at the Bridgewater Hall just a couple of miles down the road. Our Musical Director, Tom Newall, is a passionate musician and conductor who enjoys breaking down the barrier between the performers and the audience and likes to talk about each piece that he is presenting. As much as this isn’t a new idea, it’s still refreshing to see young conductors engaging with their audience. On the outreach front, we just recently presented our first concert of PSO’s community choir to great acclaim!
Although the summer is technically the end of our season, we are very excited that PSO have been booked for some exciting concerts! These include Madame Butterfly at the Bowdon Festival and a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms which are BOTH this weekend!
Last but not least, Team PSO are GREAT to work with! My boss, General Manager Extraordinaire Rachel Cotton, is the enthusiastic brain of the operation who listens to all of our crazy ideas and helps to find ways of making them possible.
I think this is enough nattering from me for today. Let us know what YOU want to read about in our blog through Twitter (@PiccadillySO) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Piccadilly-Symphony-Orchestra/263438097140089?fref=ts)
Rosy x x x