On 27 April, 20 boys and girls were given the opportunity to have a sneak peek behind the scenes at the Elbphilharmonie. Following a welcoming introduction by the General & Artistic Director in his office, the school pupils were able to climb with the technicians to dizzying heights above the stage, welcome guests at reception and learnt what happens in the artistic planning office.
Lars (11) and Tobias (13) assumed the role of reporters on Girls‘ und Boys‘ Day. They visited each department, asked questions and set down their observations in writing. Their report on the day at the Elbphilharmonie:
Lars: 13:45: Two Elbphilharmonie employees are eating lunch. On the menu is vegetable broth from the cafeteria and homemade vegetable stir-fry and vanilla pudding with rhubarb.
Tobias: The personal assistant to the General & Artistic Director is called Philipp. He manages all the screens in the building, so when a monitor isn’t working he has to reset it. He also plans what performances take place at the Elbphilharmonie everyday.
Lars: 13:58: The Concierge Service tries to fulfil customer requests.
Lars: 14:06: Three mysterious helmets discovered.
Tobias: The ticket shop employees sell tickets. Although all the concerts are sold out, they’re happy to talk to visitors and give them advice.
Lars: 14:09: Every artist dressing room has a sign with a name on it. The Alsterspatzen, who are currently rehearsing, have been allocated two rooms.
Lars: 14:13: Dismantling of a production in the Grand Hall.
Tobias: All employee files are stored in the human resources department where Nicole Boeck works. In these files she makes note of how many holidays each employee has taken or what days they were off work sick.
Lars: 14:28: We’re off to buy a sandwich. Around 50 soups were sold in the cafeteria today.
Tobias: Alan Schuler from Artistic Planning coordinates schedules for orchestras, e.g. where the bus pick-up point is. He also has to add small but important details, for example when the musician’s instruments have to be tuned or how long the concerts are.
Lars: 14:42: There are biscuits on the table in the kitchenette.
Lars: 14:50: The reception is also giving away biscuits.
Tobias: The Stiftung Elbphilharmonie takes care of all patrons. Some even get to have their name printed on a sign for a seat. They also receive a newsletter.
Lars: 14:55: The window cleaners are cleaning the windows.