25 July 2013 at 10.45am | Comment on this article
Last month we invited those of you in higher education to apply to become a Royal Opera House Student Ambassador and we were swiftly deluged with hundreds of enthusiastic responses. We did our best to whittle down a shortlist for interview and since then have appointed our new Student Ambassadors for the 2013/14 Season.
A quick nod to last year’s group – they came up with so many ideas and helped us reboot the Student offering in such a fantastic way that the bar has been set very high for our new Ambassadors. Two of our 2012/13 Ambassadors, Beth Baker-Wyse and Dave Wilson, particularly impressed us with the effort they put in and both won week’s work experience at the Royal Opera House. Following the success of last year's scheme, three of last year’s Ambassadors have stayed on with us to show the new ones the ropes.
Our new Ambassadors are (in no particular order): Ben Seward (Exeter), Celia Beecham (Royal Holloway), Cheryl Agyei (UWE), Eleanor Gribbin (Leeds), Emma Digby (Warwick), Francesca Secola (Birkbeck), Greg Link (Nottingham), Imogen Truphet (Oxford), Jacqueline Pittwood (Circus Space), Jamie Wright (Royal Academy of Music), Julia Thomson-Smith (Durham), Justyna Siodłowska (Goldsmiths), Laura Barker (Open University), Lydia Spencer (Liverpool), Zoe Landau (Manchester Met) and Rosah Fitzhowle (Brunel). With Joanne Evans (Guildhall), Kizzie Burkett (Cambridge) and Dave Wilson (Bath) joining us again from last year.
This new group will pick up the baton and continue to help us shape our student-focused events at Covent Garden, around the UK in cinemas and on their campuses, and make sure that the ROH Student Scheme allows access to students from all over the UK.
The creation of the Student Ambassador scheme is not just a way of helping us reach more people in UK universities, but opens a crucial dialogue between the Royal Opera House and our student audience. We want to hear what students have to say and to act upon it so we hope to implement some new ways of communicating with us and so you can pass ideas to the new Ambassadors. We might even make them wear ROH Student Ambassador t-shirts so you can identify them at the special Amphitheatre performances!
It can’t go unsaid that we’re sorry we couldn’t take more of you on, as the hundreds of applications we received showed us how committed you all are to the Royal Opera House and its art forms and we are genuinely thrilled that so many of you put yourselves forward. In reality, if you are sharing your enthusiasm about opera or ballet, you are already an ROH Ambassador.
Our Student Standby scheme offers over 10,000 dedicated tickets to Students as well as £10 tickets for unsold performances to current students. Sign up to ROH Students.