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Fri 22 Sep 2017

Kings Place Hall One

Christophe Coin: Galloping Galant

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Sammartini Symphony in D minor
Boccherini Cello Concerto in G
CPE Bach Symphony in A
CPE Bach Cello Concerto in A minor

Christophe Coin cello, director

Christophe Coin is period instrument royalty. Known for the luminous elegance of his playing, this cellist and viola da gamba superstar trained with the best, is celebrated as the cellist of the Quatuor Mosaïques and play-directs the finest baroque ensembles in Europe.

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Sun 24 Sep 2017

Saffron Hall

The Judas Passion

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Sally Beamish The Judas Passion

David Harsent libretto
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Brenden Gunnell Judas
James Newby Christ
Mary Bevan Mary Magdalene
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Co-Commission with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, we ask in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who sold him for 30 pieces of silver.

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Mon 25 Sep 2017

St John's Smith Square

The Judas Passion

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Sally Beamish The Judas Passion

David Harsent libretto
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Brenden Gunnell Judas
Roderick Williams Christ
Mary Bevan Mary Magdalene
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Co-Commission with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, we ask in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who sold him for 30 pieces of silver.

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Mon 2 Oct 2017

Old Queens Head, Islington

The Night Shift – Islington

The Night Shift
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We can’t do pub gigs without a regular trip back to the glamourous Islington pub where none other than Jude Law once came to see us play.

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Sally Beamish

Composer

Her Times: Born in 1956, Sally Beamish studied Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving lessons from notable composers Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Berkeley. When she first tried break into composition during the late 1970s, many institutions favoured the more difficult, unforgiving end of modern classical music. A move to Scotland afforded Sally with the opportunity – and the audience, which she needed. The premiere of her work Commedia with the Hebrides Ensemble enjoyed widespread acclaim, and a flood of commissions from symphonies to solo works soon followed. Now busier than ever, Sally is frequently sought after for commemorative works, and has expanded her scope to include compositions for film, theatre and ballet.

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The Judas Passion Programme

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Below is the programme for The Judas Passion concert on Monday 25th July at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it click here.

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All Words for Forgiveness

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Earlier in the year we invited schools to participate in a creative writing competition inspired by The Judas Passion. We asked pupils and teachers to submit new writing on the theme of forgiveness in any form and received many wonderful entries from across the country. We are delighted to present our winners on the following pages.

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What Is Right and What is Wrong? The Judas Passion and St Matthew Passion

Fri 15 Sep 2017

What is right and what is wrong? Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? There are two very different visions of the Easter story in our 2017/18 season.
The Judas Passion
St Matthew Passion

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Sir Mark Elder

Conductor

Here’s Sir Mark on Donizetti’s Les Martyrs.

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The Night Shift: back in your local boozer this Autumn

Tue 12 Sep 2017

After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.

New and old favourite venues will return, including our favourite Victorian boozer, the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. If you’re more inclined towards goings on south of the river, we’ve got you covered – Peckham’s CLF Art Café will be hosting a clarinet and klezmer themed evening. We also hear great things about their newly re-launched kitchen. Finally, we’ll be descending on The Camden Assembly, scene of many a Brit-pop bust-up, where you’ll find tasty pale ales and burgers aplenty.

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Introducing the baroque bassoon

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Who called who a nanny goat bassoonist?  Our Co-Principal bassoon Peter Whelan tells all as he introduces the baroque bassoon.

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Take a peek at our 2017-18 brochure

Tue 18 Jul 2017

It’s high summer. You might think it’s a quiet time for an orchestra. But not for us. Amidst our Glyndebourne, BBC Proms and The Night Shift performances, it’s also when we like to reveal our ‘look’ for our forthcoming Southbank Centre season.

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Bach goes to Paris programme

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Here’s the programme for our Bach goes to Paris concert on Tuesday 4 July at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

If you can’t see anything below, click here.

 

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Introducing our Night Shift summer festival

Tue 27 Jun 2017

What’s this? Three Night Shifts on three long hot summer nights?

Yes that’s right. This August we’re having a mini-Night Shift festival, with three different gigs at three different venues. Summer Night (Shifts) if you like.

Tell me more, tell me more

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Calling oboe and bassoon players of all standards

Thu 15 Jun 2017

oboe and bassoon

Calling all oboe and bassoon players! Join us for a unique opportunity to perform Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with a specially-created massed wind ensemble.

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All Words for Forgiveness

Wed 14 Jun 2017

writing competition

Hi there authors, poets and playwrights. We want you to enter a writing competition on the theme of forgiveness to accompany The Judas Passion, a new piece of classical music by composer Sally Beamish and British poet, David Harsent.

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Introducing the Baroque Violin

Mon 5 Jun 2017

‘The gut strings make a more gutsy sound’

If you think a violin from the 18th Century is the same as one made yesterday, think again…

Violinist Huw Daniel reveals the differences between the baroque instrument and the modern one.

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Bach Goes to Prague

Wed 31 May 2017

This week Emily and Alex from our Development team took a bunch of OAE Patrons, some of the Orchestra’s most loyal supporters, to Prague. They discovered castles, stag dos, and a little bit of Bach. Emily tells the story:

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Introducing the Baroque Oboe

Fri 19 May 2017

‘The lack of keys on this instrument should never be seen as a disadvantage.’

Our Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

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Introducing the Baroque Flute

Fri 12 May 2017

“The wood makes the sound gentler and more… woody”

Meet the flute that our principal Lisa Beznosiuk uses for playing Bach, Handel, Rameau and people like that.

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