25 August, 2009

Festival staff profile - Rob Conner

We chatted to Rob Conner, Finance Director of the Festival and The Hub, the home of the Festival.

What is your job title and what does your position involve?
Finance Director – management of the finance function for Edinburgh International Festival and its subsidiary company The Hub, also management of HR and the Edinburgh International Festival office and environmental policy.

How did you come to work for the Edinburgh International Festival?
I qualified as a chartered accountant in December 2000 and then worked in media, banking and utilities before joining Edinburgh International Festival in August 2002.

What is the best part of your job?
Working for Edinburgh International Festival and its subsidiary, being involved in the hospitality industry and the Edinburgh International Festival at the same time is a challenging and interesting work dynamic.

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Probably working for two very different organisations at once, and working with people from different professional fields from my own.

What has been your most memorable Festival experience so far?
Llyr Williams playing Chopin’s 24 Preludes at the Queen's Hall.

Which events are you most looking forward to at Festival 09?
Michael Clark for David Bowie
St Kilda – is it opera, theatre, dance or music?
Handspring's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria – great puppets
Peter & Wendy (see previous plus fantastic fantasy story)
Actus tragicus – Bach at Home
Faust – everyone is talking about it
Opera in concert – attending 5 of 6 I think – something I have not previously indulged in much
Emerson String Quartet – great musicians
The Enlightenments Lectures and Visual Arts programmes – think this scale of both programmes is exactly what we should be doing plus interesting themes
Elisabeth Leonskaja – need I say more?

What are your words of advice to those at the Festival this August?
Attend a few things you really think you want to see, attend an equal number of things you wouldn’t normally choose to see – then prepare to be surprised!

Describe the Edinburgh International Festival in three words?
Entertaining, exciting, enlightening.

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