RSNO Takeover is an intensive two-day work experience project which took place at the RSNO Centre on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 June 2014. Thomas Kinney-Nicol, who has been working in the Presentation and Operations department, describes his experiences on the first day of the programme.
Thomas Kinney-Nicol – Balloch, Stilringshire
We started the day off in a large circle of 50 or more people, playing various games to make us feel more comfortable and to allow some time to get to know everyone. Before long I was in the office of Presentations and Operations department learning how everything worked. We started off by looking at the musicians contracted to work at the RSNO and who would be playing in the orchestra for the concert, which was happening on the Tuesday night. We filled out a sheet which confirmed every musician, and then took to the job of filling in the blanks; this meant getting in contact with a few freelance musicians to see if they would be willing to play with the RSNO.
After finding out the programme [repertoire] for the concert we attended an Operations meeting; this involved finding out more details regarding hall layout and the overall presentation of the concert. We finalised the list of musicians and paid a visit to the library to ensure that we had got the correct number of musicians that matched the orchestration of the pieces.
Thomas is part of the RSNO's Takeover scheme, arranged by the Learning and Engagement Department. All views expressed by Takeover participants belong to those of the individual and are not representative of the organisation. For more information, visit the RSNO website.