3 March 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 19

Sophie Potter, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

For me, a huge part of the internship so far has been learning about events organisation. For any sort of event, the management and organisation can be a complicated process, as every detail needs to be meticulously planned.

Hosted by the College’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, a recent event at Buckingham Palace celebrated the achievements of the College with a performance by students, as well as a piano recital from 9-year old Charlotte Kwok from the College’s Junior Conservatoire.

HRH Prince Charles meeting students after their performance at the Buckingham Palace Event

Taking part in organising such a prestigious event has been a real eye-opener, and has set me in good stead for any event organisation in the future! It has been such a positive experience to be able to work with the Development team at RWCMD organising this celebration of the College and its students at Buckingham Palace, and it has been rewarding to feel confident enough in my role to be able to contribute.

Research has been incredibly important whilst organising this event, and I continue to be surprised by the variety of work that fundraising entails. The event brought together a large number of supporters of the College, new and old, and so research and briefing became an aspect of that I was asked to work on. Researching, briefing staff, briefing the Prince on the students and their performance pieces (!), organising accommodation, working with the marketing team on the performance programme… It has been astounding to see just how much planning is involved in an event of this scale!

College Alumni and supporters Michael Sheen and Ruth Jones were among the guests, as well as Dame Shirley Bassey, who supports the College in a particularly innovative way. The funds for The Dame Shirley Bassey Scholarship were raised through an auction, where Dame Shirley’s trademark glamourous dresses were auctioned to support students here at RWCMD. This kind of innovative way of fundraising highlights how creative approaches to fundraising can be.

After all the build-up to and excitement during the event, it’s strange to see how quickly things return to ‘normal’. Now comes the equally important task of following up after the event, and ensuring that we keep guests updated on the amazing work that’s happening at the College.

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