24 February 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 18

Rebecca Hobbs, Wales Millennium Centre

Last week was a week of firsts: my first stab at a trust application, my first conference call with our London Marathon runner, my first active involvement in an education project, and my first cronut, a well-acclaimed treat in the office that combines a donut and a croissant and fills up your daily calorie intake.

One of the perks of working in such a diverse organisation is that no week is ever the same. There are so many opportunities to explore your interests and get involved with the amazing projects that are possible because of the money we raise. One of these projects that I’ve been steering my attention to is Land of Song. As a part of our Festival of Voice and the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, we’re joining forces with the Aloud charity to engage with 250 schools across Wales for a series of concerts inspired by Dahl’s children’s books. With the help of free online interactive singing resources for key stage 2 pupils and free teacher training, the project will culminate the beginning of June with three simultaneous bilingual celebrations at three venues across Wales. The schools will sing together the songs they’ve been learning, interspersed with Dahl’s most famous literary excerpts.

Last week, I had a lot of fun revisiting my musical routes by assisting with the Land of Song teacher training. Whilst it was invaluable to see how the project is coming together (as I have been working on an application to support an element of the concert), it was just as important to soak up the teachers’ enthusiasm for the project. Seeing for myself how grateful they were to be provided with accessible musical resources and training that they may not otherwise have the confidence to deliver really reinforced the need for such an event. It reminded me how valuable the work we do is but also how important it is to just step out of the office sometimes and take in everything that is going on around us.

Exactly a year ago, I wrote my first Young Critics review, discussing the performance of Richard III staged in the roof Void at the Centre. I knew at that point that I wanted to find a way into the arts in Wales. Tonight, I am going to see the very same company perform Henry VI in the very same space. Only this time, I am a member of staff at the Wales Millennium Centre, with a much clearer perspective about my career and my future in the arts. It’s all progress! 

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