As July draws to a close, we are already six months in to the Turner Sims internship. We caught up with Sabine Russell to get her thoughts on her time here as an intern so far….
As someone who is aspiring to work in arts administration or marketing, Southampton was an attractive choice due to the prospect of this internship and I have really valued the fly-on-the-wall experience of working at Turner Sims. Facing new challenges regularly has given me a broad understanding of a variety of tasks that go on in the Turner Sims offices. One of my favourite tasks has been putting together programmes and more specifically, designing the adverts, allowing me to use some creativity. I have found this to be a very satisfying process as the programme helps aid the concert experience for our audience. Later this year, I would like to explore designing a new programme template — improving current features and overall, providing a little refresh.
The release of the 2017/18 Autumn Season was very exciting. Putting all the brochures into to envelopes could be seen as quite a mundane task but with an efficient assembly line process, it was fun with the help of all the lovely staff. The Autumn Season sees a wide variety of artists, and there is something for everyone. From cutting edge Jazz artists to fantastic classical performers and innovative folk and world groups, I’m sure this season will be very successful. I am particularly excited about Värttinä, performing on 8th December. This quirky group of three female singers combines contemporary styles like close harmony singing with the traditional Nordic melodic lines of Finnish music. This fresh and innovative approach is bound to be a very enjoyable evening for all. Working closely with Kevin Appleby and others, the management of this concert hall is both exciting and ever-changing. I have loved being a part of the process here so far and find it to be incredibly rewarding to see it all come together. The internship has definitely been a highlight of my second year at university and I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months bring!
As a first study singer and passionate chorister, I am excited to be taking part in my first Eton Choral Course this summer in Eastbourne. I’m really looking forward to seeing what repertoire we will be singing, professional master classes and I’m especially excited to be singing an Evensong at Westminster Cathedral. I shall also be visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with my family this year — I always thoroughly enjoy the vivid atmosphere and the range of fantastic shows on offer. I’m sure it’ll be another fantastic year, despite the very possible Scottish weather!