Patrick McEntee, Tour and Stage Manager
Patrick joined the COE as their Tour and Stage Manager in April 2017 and is responsible for making life on the road and stage as comfortable as possible, allowing the musicians to focus on making world-class music together.
“I am so proud to be working with an orchestra which has one of the strongest artistic reputations in the world. The COE really is a family; some of these musicians have been working together for their entire lives, some met through the orchestra, got married and now have families of their own. Clearly the thread that binds everyone together and keeps world-class artists like Sir András Schiff, Bernard Haitink and Yannick Nézet-Séguin coming back time and time again is this closeness and bold entrepreneurial spirit.”
Patrick previously worked for arts organisations including the John Wilson Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Opera Holland Park and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. He studied viola at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2013 with a Master’s degree in performance.
In his spare time Patrick practises a form of highly esoteric silent meditation revealed to him by an elderly Shinto kannushi during a tour of the far east. He carries with him at all times a Japanese omamori from the Atsuta shrine in Nagoya, which protects the bearer from disaster during travels.