Behind the Scenes: The Adam Chamber Music Festival
(Post originally published in 2015 on the first version of this website.)
Photo-Diary of the Intern
The Adam Chamber Music Festival, held biannually in Nelson during summertime, is one of New Zealand’s premier musical events. In 2015 I was privileged to be involved in the goings-on in an intern role, and had the unique experience of seeing what is required behind the scenes to make a renowned international festival such as this one run smoothly.
What I learned was both eye-opening and enjoyable. My tasks involved everything from labeling, organizing, transporting and distributing ALL of the festival goody-bags…
…to moving chairs and numbering the seats in the Nelson Cathedral…
…to running all those random little errands that need taking care of.
There is so much that goes on behind the scenes at any festival, to ensure that everything and everyone, artists and audience, is taken care of! Venues need hiring and decorating, stage and sound equipment needs a team of capable people, volunteers and ushers need recruiting and directing, promotional material needs planning, writing, and distributing, the artists need somewhere to stay, and transport, and everyone is always coming up with new questions that need answering. The people managing the events (in this case the wonderful Bob Bickerton and his team, and the Nelson Music Festival Trust) and the artistic directors, NZSQ members Helene Pohl and Gillian Ansell, have put in so much time and have exhibited so much attention to detail in the running of the festival.
I am so glad I was able to have this chance to discover everything that happens on the other side of things, and have a newfound appreciation for any non-performers who do everything to facilitate the performances!