Theresa Qiu, Nuria Blanes, Anne Copeland, Joanne Stone, Philippa Rooke, Nini Aldridge, Sarah Dod, Alan Dod, Nigel Morris 2019
Anne can rarely be seen without a smile on her face! Her warm, friendly manner has welcomed many hundreds of children and adults to a tour of High House Production Park. She is always prompt, reliable and willing to support ROH activities, even at short notice, however busy she is. When not supporting tours in Purfleet, Anne can be found chatting to unsuspecting members of the public in Thurrock, inviting them to come and join the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus – with an enormous success rate!
Anne went ‘the extra mile’ and organised for a group of singers from the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus to perform at the Union Chapel in London, as part of a memorial celebration for a much-loved member of the Chorus who had sadly passed away earlier in the year. Her dedication, commitment and organisation skills were greatly appreciated on that occasion as well as many others.
Alan is a long-standing bass section representative for the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus. Alan takes the lead on communicating with those in his section, ensuring they are happy, confident and well-informed, and that their questions and feedback are heard and responded to. He is also part of a busy committee that liaises with ROH over the running of the Chorus, and his creative and thoughtful input, dedicated support and passion for the project make him a wonderful asset to this committee.
Alan also runs the internal ROH Thurrock Community Chorus social media group, keeping all Chorus members informed with upcoming performances and activities, and providing them with a space to share thoughts and news. Recently Alan has also volunteered to support the team which organises individual singing lessons for members of the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus – an opportunity which is hugely valued by those who take it up.
Sarah is a soprano section representative for the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus. This involves taking responsibility for a particularly large group of Chorus members, ensuring they are well informed and communicated with, and that their questions and feedback are heard and responded to. In this role she is also part of the section rep committee, which puts in considerable time ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure the smooth running of the project. Sarah’s tact and diplomacy when it comes to pastoral or sensitive matters is always appreciated, and she is always there with a listening ear when needed.
Sarah has shown particular dedication to supporting ROH Thurrock’s work with refugees and asylum seekers. Her passion and commitment in this area has been a real asset to the project. She has attended training and discussion events on behalf of the Chorus, and been instrumental in leading a Chorus-wide effort to support refugee choir ‘Sing for Freedom’ when their funding was in jeopardy.
Joanne is a dedicated volunteer who has been a great help within the Development and Enterprises Department at Covent Garden. In particular, Joanne has made a huge contribution to the Oral History project collecting memories from audience members and supporters, in particular the Baton Associates. Following her Oral History training, Joanne has put her skills to excellent use for this project. She has shown herself to be an outstanding Oral History interviewer who is warm and able to put interviewees at ease.
Nini has a long-standing relationship with the Royal Opera House, previously as a staff member and now as a ROH Volunteer. Her knowledge of the organisation is second to none and she engages with a variety of projects and provides useful feedback. As well as volunteering within the Development and Enterprises Department, Nini also offers her help within other teams across the ROH.
She has been a huge help with the Oral History project, collecting memories from audience members and supporters, in particular the Baton Associates. Her knowledge of the ROH enables her to fully engage with interviewees and she is able to help them to recall memories when they are unsure of some of the finer details. Nini is also a wonderful advocate of the ROH’s Baton Associates, helping them to spread the word about how legacy giving supports the work of the ROH.
Nigel volunteers at many of the Open Up events, including nearly all Family Sundays and frequent Crafternoons as well as at Schools’ Matinees. He is always reliable and so helpful, happy to get stuck in and assist with anything that he is needed for. Despite maintaining that he is no good at crafts, he is always great at helping with these activities as he is brilliant at encouraging others to get involved and is kind and reassuring with even the most anxious of participants.
Nuria has such infectious enthusiasm for the work that is done at Open Up, she has been a frequent and reliable volunteer, signing up for as many Family Sundays and Crafternoons as she can. She is always so keen to help and enable others to enjoy the activities. She is incredibly hard working and has a great attitude, coping with even the busiest of activities and encouraging young and old to join in.
Theresa is a dedicated volunteer, previously a student ambassador, she has continued to volunteer at Open Up events and Schools’ Matinees since graduating. She is calm, reliable and conscientious. She is always willing to help with whatever is needed.
Philippa Rooke has only been a volunteer with the ROH Collections for about a year, but in that time, she has made a noticeable contribution. After over 20 years of working at the ROH Philippa decided to return to study for a degree in history. Philippa was then asked to join a project the ROH Collections is running to catalogue and transcribe over 120 diaries written by Frederick Gye, (General Manager of the Royal Italian Opera from 1847 until his death in 1878) and his family. Deposited on loan to the Royal Opera House by current members of the Gye family, Gye’s diaries offer a unique insight into the organisation of a major 19th-century opera house.
Philippa has completed the transcriptions for key years relating in the history of the theatre. These transcriptions enable the ROH to access the diaries more easily and support the learning of audiences, including young people or adults, about the history of the ROH. The information Philippa has produced has already been used to assist academic researchers in the UK and abroad, the media and for public engagement events, with plans to make the diaries accessible through online resources.