Life as a Buxton Festival intern

I returned to the beautiful town of Buxton after many years as a competitor at the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, when I was a teenager. To be able to return to the town, to work at the ‘other’ festival has been a huge joy.

I have had the opportunity to operate the surtitles for I Capuleti e i Montecchi which has given me lots of experience in an area I didn’t have any before. My quick music reading skills have improved dramatically even in a short space of time and that is an invaluable experience I now have.

I was also given the responsibility of running the Gardens Marquee venue, at times when the Venue Manager, Jean, was working in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Jean was wonderful and was very trusting to hand over the reins to me! I hope I did a good job and thank her for giving me this experience.

I also have learnt a huge amount about the development of the Festival – taking part in post-show drinks with sponsors and corporate partners. Of course, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of the Friends of the Festival on numerous occasions, many of which I have worked with as front of house at the PAC, the Gardens Marquee or at St John’s Church. Their commitment and dedication to the Festival is unparalleled and I have had the upmost pleasure getting to know some of them.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience as a Festival intern; one I will cherish forever.

Olivia O’Connell Festival intern 2016

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