Many Trinity Laban alumni work around the world, both as independent artists and on behalf of a number of exciting organisations. The Flash spoke to Assistant Orchestra Manager at the Royal Opera House and Trinity Laban alumnus Tim Davy about what his job entails and what the future holds.
What did you study at Trinity Laban?
"I studied tuba with George Wall and Oren Marshall and completed a BMus degree. I graduated in 2007 after four great years studying at Trinity Laban, including working in the Student Union alongside my tuba studies."
What influenced you during your time at Trinity Laban?
"My tuba professors were great influences while I was studying. The breadth of their experience and knowledge was a fantastic resource, and they both encouraged me to learn and play as much as I could both in Trinity Laban and aroundLondonwith various groups. I enjoyed playing with a range of ensembles, including my brass quintet and the Trinity Laban Big Band, as well as getting out and about in London to hear and see as many performances as I could. "
How did you get to your current role?
"From Trinity Laban, I went to Guildhall to study with Patrick Harrild and complete a PG Dip. I then went on to undertake a Music Animateur Apprenticeship with Spitalfields Music, as well as to develop a career as teacher, workshop leader and project manager.
"While I was at Trinity Laban, I worked for the Performance Department crew, setting up rehearsals and running concerts alongside my studies, and I continued to do this for orchestras such as the LSO, the RPO, ENO and the Royal Opera House after leaving. I drew this broad range of experiences and skills together when I applied for my position in the Orchestra Management department at the Royal Opera House."
Can you tell us a bit more about what you do?
"As Assistant Orchestra Manager I support the Orchestra Manager in managing the players' schedules, and am responsible for booking extra players for the huge number of opera and ballet productions and performances the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House perform in for each Season. At least one of our team is at the Royal Opera House for every performance, and as we do over 300 performances a season I work a lot of evenings and weekends. As well as other responsibilities, such as distributing schedules and paying players, I work closely with the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation Department, engaging our players in projects such as Side-by-Side days with Southbank Sinfonia."
What's next for your career?
"I really enjoy working at the Royal Opera House; each day is unique and presents different challenges. I also enjoy working on extra projects, such as taking the Orchestra to perform atBuckinghamPalace, and am continuing to learn and develop as an orchestra manager. The orchestra management sector is very competitive but eventually I hope to progress to a more senior position where I can consolidate my skills and experiences in both management and learning and participation, whilst finding a role in which I can positively contribute to the fantastic cultural landscape in the UK. "
Picture © ROH/ David Brownlie-Marshall