25 years service for Symm Project Manager
Symm Project Manager Alan Harper was celebrating last week as he passed the milestone of 25 years continuous service at Symm. Alan first joined us at the tender age of 18 to complete the final year of his Carpentry and Joinery in Advanced Craft apprenticeship then, following a break to explore the world of being a sub-contractor he returned, becoming Site Manager in 1993 and in 2009, Project Manager, overseeing higher value projects.
Alan has amassed an enviable collection of Symm memorabilia over his 25 years, amongst which is a photograph on the front of a 1990’s Symm brochure of the young carpenter working on roof timbers.
Chairman James Axtell and Aidan Mortimer presented Alan with his award during a special site visit, toasting the occasion with a fresh builders’ brew!
Supporting young musicians at LMTO
We love to support young people and encourage them in their efforts to progress, and have done this at Symm for many years with our craft apprenticeships and training programmes.
We were recently approached by Freddie Tapner, Principal Conductor and Founder at the London Musical Theatre Orchestra – now established as an Arts Charity – to support a scheme to make £15 tickets available for one of their upcoming performances.
Freddie originally formed the LMTO to get together musicians and singers of all abilities for ‘play-throughs’ – opportunities to perform together without the pressure of an audience, which allows everyone to explore and build on their skills. This has attracted a number of leading musicians and vocalists from Musical Theatre, but the interesting thing is that a quarter of the performer places are given to up and coming young musicians to facilitate their development and assist their journey to professional status. Anyone can sign up to take part in the monthly play-throughs.
The orchestra also now puts on special productions for audiences, with two in 2016 and more planned for 2017. Symm will be sponsoring their performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair on 6 November 2016 at Cadogan Hall to enable 100 tickets, usually priced at between £24 and £50, to be offered at the flat rate of £15.
If you know anyone who would appreciate a discounted ticket to great musical theatre, they can book for State Fair by following the link.
Here’s a video about the LMTO.