Jochem van Ast – Finance Manager

What do you do?

I pay the wages, invoice the invoices and balance the books.

Why do you do it?

I love the variety: it sounds like a cliché, but every day really is different.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I like to sing. This isn’t as silly as it sounds. I divide my days between Quietroom and my life as a professional opera singer. I sing at big places like the Royal Opera House or English National Opera. And small places, like Hatstand Opera and Opera a la Carte.

What do you knead for pleasure?

How can something that’s healthy be unhealthy? When you’re unnaturally obsessed with it. That’s my problem with sourdough bread. The process of taking a sticky, bubbly, smelly batter and turning it into a beautiful artisanal loaf is seriously addictive. My name’s Jochem, and I am a sourdough addict. There, I’ve said it.