by Emily Revill, Community Officer
7.3 questions with
RNCM BOX OFFICE
Tell us about your job! What’s your role?
We are a team of six (Ann, Rog, John, Mel, Ellie and Bex), and in between handing out store keys, we are collectively responsible for all aspects of ticketing and greeting visitors to the RNCM. This includes setting up the sales for over 300 performances a year, both through Box Office and our website, providing and analysing data, looking after a members scheme and the software we use, managing the switchboard, the car park intercom, the fire alarms, ordering taxis, and anything a customer might need, from information, to tracking down staff, to looking for lost scarves! There is a mass of work behind the scenes in order to keep the office running, especially with managing so many performances.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give to students?
Collectively we would advise – shows do sell out! Please book early, don’t come running through the doors needing a ticket 1 minute before a performance starts!
Also, our office counter isn’t a drum. (We’re looking especially at you, percussionists!)
Throughout your time working at the RNCM, are there any particularly funny stories that stand out?
We get asked for some odd things. Rog keeps a running list of fictional departments which people have called to speak to, we get almost daily cold-calls for “the owner of the business” and have also been asked if we provide everything from stamps to china to flu-jabs to tennis lessons! Seriously.
Rog: There was the customer who left us their front teeth, having placed them on the carpet under their seat during a show! Or the Jazz pianist whose improvisations overran so long, he eventually found himself playing to an empty hall – he had his eyes closed, so no one could signal him, and everyone just quietly slipped out!
What was the show you most wanted to get tickets for yourself?
Rog: We had a charity show headlined by Jarvis Cocker a few years ago. That’s a favourite of mine. In terms of missing out, nothing recently, but in the years before I worked here both Bill Hicks and Amy Winehouse appeared at the RNCM. I’d love to have been at those!
Bex: It was before I started, but Adam Buxton did a show here once and I’d have liked to have seen that. And I didn’t see the show but it was pretty exciting having David Duchovny in the building recently.
John: I saw the last Session Orchestra performance and was amazed at the talent; I’m going again next time.
What’s the one thing students don’t know about your job, but you wish they did?
John: I’m not just reception, I’m Box Office too!
Rog: If you don’t sign the sheet when taking the store key, we’re not allowed any biscuits.
What’s your favourite thing about working at the RNCM?
Rog: The people. I’ve met so many close friends here.
Ann: Definitely the variety of characters that you meet here. I’ve made many friends here, and I met my husband!
John: My colleagues, interacting with the students, and the meeting of many artists who perform here, including Nigella Lawson and Mathew Kelly.
Ellie: I like walking through college and hearing the mixture of sounds, especially when having lunch on the roof garden!
Would you rather have toes for fingers or fingers for toes?
Unanimously, we’d rather have fingers for toes – although, who’s to say we don’t already! Have you ever actually seen us out of the Box?
Rog: Although I would be concerned about where I could purchase comfortable running shoes.
With thanks to the Box Office team for their time!
Performers sought to take part in charity variety show, Stockport
Saturday 29th June 2019, 7.30pm
An opportunity has become available for performers to appear as part of a variety show in aid of The Wellspring Stockport. The event will be held at the Stockport Plaza on Saturday 29th June 2019 at 7.30pm, and organisers are looking for short acts.
For further details or to register your interest, please email Tom at email@example.com
Performers sought for ‘Sounds of the Summer’, Stockport
Last year was very successful (the heatwave helped!) with c. 400 people at each one. This year I am using a better sound system and we will have street food and a face painter. I am looking for an RNCM act for a set, (1-1.5 hours). There are a few dates available and I can pay £100. See www.facebook.com/summersoundscalegreenpark/ for more details.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Small group sought for performance at charity event, Lowry Hotel, Salford
Saturday 4th May 2019, from 8pm
A small group is sought to perform jazz or upbeat music as part of an event for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, to be held at the Lowry Hotel in Salford on Saturday 4th May 2019. You would be asked to play from around 8pm for up to two hours, with exact timings to be confirmed. Refreshments will be available for performers.
For further details or to register your interest, please email Kim at email@example.com
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She’s trying to raise money through her JustGiving page which is: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/izzysskydive
If anyone could spare £1 it would be incredible!
Ollie West has an album launch on Friday 26th April at the Edge Theatre in Chorlton. Doors are at 7, Anna McLuckie is supporting.