I thought it was about time I updated the blog with some news. It’s been quite busy – the kitchen is being refurbished next week so all hands have been on deck to provide cakes and get to grips with making a pretty damn good coffee. We were treated to a coffee making workshop with Cavetti and it was really fun to learn about the science behind the bean and how to get the best results. The beans we use are so fresh they are sourced as a green bean and are a three blend variety. We were able to taste the three stages of espresso mix.
I’ve got to say, confidence has grown across the board and 120 ladies from the WI for the anniversary broadcast did not phase us! We are looking forward to opening our fully-fledged café with welcoming faces, tasty pastries and amazing coffee on Thursday 25 June. It has been fun playing café!
My name is Maddy and I am the new ‘Arts Marketing and Administration Intern’ here at The Witham. I’m a graduate from The University of Huddersfield with a first class honours degree in music. I specialised as a pianist in theatre and classical music but now I am interested in developing my arts business and creative development skills. It’s true to say that being an arts graduate in the world of work today is very tricky. Nevertheless, I was lucky enough to be offered the role as arts marketing and administration assistant here at The Witham and I can now begin to develop my ‘real-world’ vocational experience alongside the creative and commercial development of The Witham.
I was fortunately the perfect fit for a trainee position – a position to develop over time alongside the forward drive of The Witham itself. Katy really pushed for a trainee to be ‘arts/music’ focused rather than ‘marketing/business’ focused. I couldn't agree more. For an arts venue to thrive, you need people working behind the scenes who are passionate about the productions and reaching out to the community to offer them the opportunity to experience new shows and events which may have not been so easily available before.
Anyway, I am just becoming to the end of my first three weeks here at The Witham and I have already gained an initial insight into the daily operations of running such an exciting project, from managing an evening front of house, marketing shows online, organising logistics for an event and creating printed media. I have already witness delightful children’s theatre, folk gigs (my favourite!) and classical and jazz evenings and I can’t wait to learn a lot more over the next 12 months! I am especially looking forward to the exciting networking opportunities in the world of folk music and children’s theatre coming up with the opportunity to attend training and shadowing days at regional venues across the North East.
I envisage to update this blog with news and to track my learning so hopefully it can be useful to other arts graduates who seek to work in the world of arts marketing, administration and live performance.
That’s all for now – I am in the office on my own this week so have lots of emails to write and pass on to people!