Opera Holland Park is a small opera production company that stages 4 shows each summer on their temporary stage at Holland House in Kensington. I joined the company as an intern for three weeks; while they were in the midst of securing artists, stage crew and production team. It was particularly interesting for me, as a Creative Producing for Theatre MA student, to gain access and insight into contracts, interviews and negotiations. The benefits of working with a smaller company are that every department is located within the same office. Communication channels are short and it is easy to keep up with the progress of everyone around. I am able to gain a full insight into the entire workings of the company. My individual tasks included sending out contracts and music sheets, filing returned contracts, chasing up uncompleted documents and updating the database on the on-going progress. Other tasks included researching potential short operas for a specific collaboration project, as well as researching various different theatres and opera houses in Europe for a potential tour of their family opera of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland.
Opera Holland Park sets itself apart by making opera accessible to all audiences. They aim to change the perception of opera being prestigious and elite to something that is accessible and for everyone to enjoy. While working at the Opera Holland Park office, I found great interest in the Inspire programme they are running, which is an education program that aims to inspire and encourage all members of the community to experience, discover and actively participate in opera and classical music, developing their taste and knowledge and bringing the art from to as wide an audience as possible. I was very fortunate that I was able to attend one of their quarterly community concerts hosted at the St Cuthberts Church in Kensington. The event was organised by Age UK and as the host of the event explained importance of acknowledging loneliness within a community of elderly, it became clear to me that this valentine’s themed concert was more than just a display of excellent opera music.
This placement is a mandatory part of my course and my placement made me realise the benefits of completing a placement at this point in time. It enables me to make contacts in an industry I am aiming to work in shortly after I graduate and it opens doors at a perfect point in time. The University of Kent bursary scheme helps a great deal, while it is absolutely manageable to commute from Canterbury to London within an hour – it comes at a high price. The financial contribution towards my expenses enabled me to fully enjoy this placement and not worry too much about my bank account.
Please note that the Student Projects Grant Scheme will be opening on Monday, with £45,000 of funding available for grants of up to £5,000 per project. The deadline for applications is 16 December and applications are welcome from student groups, departments and schools.
If you are considering staying on to do a PhD in the School of Arts, you are encouraged to come to a PhD Information Event which will take place at
5-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2017 in Jarman Studio 5, with Maurizio Cinquegrani, School Director of Graduate Studies
The session will cover topics such as
- how to write a good research proposal
- how to find a supervisor
- how to apply for a place on the programme
- how to apply for scholarships and funding
We hope to see you there.
Estelle Rosenfeld is a mixed media and live artist, using puppetry, installation, live art, photography, film and animation.
Estelle is offering 5 individuals work placement opportunities – if this is something you would be interested in, please follow the link for more information:
A current postgraduate Law student here at University of Kent needs support with a short project she is working on that involves vlogs, podcasts and video shoots.
The v-log, or podcast, or video would be a way to lead people to go to the blog. It does not have to be very technical or graphic, but professional and well projected would be great.
If any student would be interested in working with Beattie to produce this project, please use her contact details below for more information.
Unchosen is a charity that uses film to tell people about modern slavery. We are running a short film competition which may be of interest to your students and contacts. Please, help us connect with people who are interested in film and who wish to make a difference.
Details of the short film competition can be found at http://unchosen.org.uk/films/film-competition-2017/
Submissions are made through Withoutabox https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=16190
The local Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Whitstable are looking for support to update their educational lifeboat DVD, which is presented to children in local schools. The members needs support with filming and editing the 10 minute DVD.
If you are interested, please contact the local institute:
An actor (male or female) is needed for an on-campus production of a short film, which will be supported by Kent Filmmakers Society.
The actor will need to portray emotions of anxiety and shock, and all the further details about the story will be revealed at the auditions. The rehearsals will take place at the end of next week.
The shoot is likely to take around 1-2 days during the first two weeks of October.
Please let me know if you’re interested as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
A local primary school to the University is working on a 2 week project to film high quality online safety videos, created by the school’s children. The videos will be submitted to the local council to hopefully be used to educate children and parents about their safety.
The project begins Monday 9th October.
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com
Channel 4 are now recruiting for their cohort of Work Experience!
The Work Experience will take place from the 23rd– 27th October, and will be available in teams such as Film4, Corporate Relations, Online and more!
Please note this opportunity is only for those who are 18+ and applications close on the 25th September and cannot be accepted after this date.
For more information: http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-experience