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Fri 31 May 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Sibelius: States of Independence

States of Independence
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Elgar Serenade for Strings
Strauss Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Alina Ibragimova Violin

The definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

We round off our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

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Thu 20 Jun 2019

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Rachel Podger

Rachel Podger
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Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Corelli Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No 3
Manfredini Concerto Grosso in G major Op.3 No. 7
Geminiani Concerto in G minor, Op. 3 No. 2
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in A Major

Rachel Podger violin/ director
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord

They may be familiar, but Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are miracles of invention, wit and excitement.

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Fri 24 May 2019

NOSPR, Katowice

Ian Bostridge

Max Mandel, Co-Principal Viola
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Purcell Overture, arias and dances from The Fairy Queen
Blow Suite from Venus and Adonis
Purcell Suite from King Arthur

Ian Bostridge tenor

World-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge joins us to sing music from Purcell’s best-loved opera, The Fairy Queen.

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Wed 22 May 2019

Civic Theatre

Ian Bostridge

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Purcell Overture, arias and dances from The Fairy Queen
Blow Suite from Venus and Adonis
Purcell Suite from King Arthur

Ian Bostridge tenor

World-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge joins us to sing music from Purcell’s best-loved opera, The Fairy Queen.

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John Blow (1649-1708)

Mon 20 May 2019

John Blow/ The Man

Famous for teaching Purcell, being James II’s private musician and for landing his very first job as organist at Westminster Abbey, John Blow was born into humble origins in Nottingham in 1649.

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Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

Mon 20 May 2019

Purcell / The Man

Henry Purcell is often hailed as England’s greatest composer. Ever.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry Purcell

Mon 20 May 2019

The Night Shift

In honour of our upcoming concert with world-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge in Chelmsford, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.

Purcell’s interest in music began when he was a young child. It’s said that he began composing at the age of 9. His earliest work was an ode for King Charles’ birthday in 1670. (And for those of you who have written birthday songs for your dogs, you’ll know how hard they are to please).

He landed the impressive job as organist for Westminster Abbey at the age of 20. His final resting place is next to that organ.

The cause of Purcell’s untimely death at the age of 36 is unclear. One theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre to find that his wife had locked him out. Another is that he died from chocolate poisoning. Both are pretty unusual.

His music heavily influenced the work of Benjamin Britten, whose famous piece The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra is based on a theme from Purcell’s Abelazar.

5 Pete Townshend of The Who claimed that Purcell’s harmonies influenced many of thier most popular songs, including ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (1971), and ‘I Can See For Miles’ (1967). The 1969 classic ‘Pinball Wizard’ also features a very Purcellian intro.

7.30pm, Wednesday 22 May 2019, Civic Theatre, Chemlsford

 

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I know what you did last Summer…

Fri 17 May 2019

Richard Strauss had only just turned 18 when he composed his Violin Concerto during his school summer holidays.

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Exploring our SEN operas

Wed 15 May 2019

OAE Education reaches out much further than the concert hall.

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Bach: Toutes Suites programme

Mon 13 May 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Bach: Toutes Suites at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 14 May 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Toutes Suites NOT Toots Sweets

Thu 9 May 2019

Can you play Toutes Suites on a Toot Sweet? We asked our Principal flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, to give it a go.

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I’ve heard that before!

Thu 2 May 2019

It appears as though Bach’s Orchestral Suites aren’t only popular in the concert hall.

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Entering a World of Magic

Thu 25 Apr 2019

I was lucky on my very first day of work at the OAE to go on a ‘field-trip’ to watch a TOTS rehearsal for a brilliantly adapted production of The Magic Flute.

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Getting to grips with G&S

Tue 16 Apr 2019

This week’s Trial by Jury is our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s not something period instrument orchestras such as ourselves are really known for doing. So how did we approach it? Leader Margaret Faultless discusses her meeting with conductor John Wilson.

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Trial by Jury programme

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Trial by Jury at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 18 April 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Haute Savoy! Six essential Gilbert and Sullivan facts

Mon 15 Apr 2019

This week it’s Trial by Jury, our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan, the prolific Victorian-era standard bearers of English comic opera.

Are new to ‘G&S’? Then here are 6 essential facts about the wonderful world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Further Reading: Katherine Spencer

Tue 19 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our clarinet, Katherine Spencer (also known as Waffy), wrote about performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Further Reading: Martin Lawrence

Mon 18 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our horn player, Martin Lawrence, wrote about performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for 4 horns, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Monday 18 March 2019 at Royal Festival Hall.

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Not all pianos are the same…

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Bluther 1867, restored by Edwin Beunk

When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.

There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.

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Brahms Piano Concertos Programme

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Brahms Piano Concertos 1 and 2 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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