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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Dangerous Liaisons

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Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Campra, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Marc-Antoine Charpentier

John Butt conductor/harpsichord
Hubert Hazebroucq choreographer
Anna Dennis soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Les Corps Eloquents dance

The sights and sounds of Versailles – elegant 17th century dance meets the best of French Baroque music.

Recreating the sounds of Versailles, we’re blending elegant French dance from the court of Louis XIV with a greatest hits of French music from the era.

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: King Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: King Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Fri 29 Jun 2018

Glyndebourne

Giulio Cesare

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Handel Giulio Cesare

Conductor William Christie / Jonathan Cohen
Director David McVicar
Giulio Cesare Sarah Connolly
Cleopatra Joélle Harvey
Tolomeo Christophe Dumaux
Cornelia Patricia Bardon
Achilla John Moore
Nireno Kangmin Justin Kim

David McVicar’s much-loved production makes a triumphant return.

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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Pre concert: The science of attraction

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Professor Viren Swami

For our Dangerous Liaisons pre-concert talk, we’re doing something a bit different.

For this tale of love and myth, we’re exploring theories of romantic attraction through the ages with Professor Viren Swami from Anglia Ruskin University. From Cupid’s arrow to optical theory, hear the fascinating story of how we’ve changed the way we think about falling in love.

The pre-concert talk is free and takes place in the foyer at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, from 6pm to 6.30pm. 

Part of our 2017/18 season, Visions, Illusions and Delusions. 

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Dangerous Liaisons Programme

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Here’s the  programme for our Dangerous Liaisons concert on Tuesday 26 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a hard copy on the night for free!

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New violins!

Wed 20 Jun 2018

It’s always very exciting to have new player members joining the orchestra, and we’ve just appointed six new violinists to our violin section.

All six have already been playing with us in concerts for over 18 months and we look forward to having them perform with us over the course of many more seasons. They are:

Iona Davies
Dan Edgar
Alice Evans
Julia Kuhn
Henry Tong (pictured)
Kinga Ujszászi

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The Science of Attraction

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Is love what you think it is?

Our Baroque dance spectacular, Dangerous Liaisons, tells a classic love story. But in the Baroque era, composers were influenced by a very different theory of why people fell in love than we have now.

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Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about… The Mendelssohns

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The Carpenters. The Corrs. The Magic Numbers. Put a brother and sister together and get them to write music, and it doesn’t always turn out well.

But in the early 19th century things were different, when Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were changing the music world with their new Romantic sounds.

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Der Rosenkavalier Programme

Thu 17 May 2018

Here’s the programme for our performance of Der Rosenkavalier on Thursday 17 May at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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A lost art: music in silent film

Mon 14 May 2018

Why did silent films have music? How do orchestras perform to silent films?

We asked Ben Winters (senior lecturer in music at the Open University and expert on music in films) to explain.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Haydn

Fri 11 May 2018

The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.” 

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Introducing Haydn’s oboe

Fri 4 May 2018

“I always feel that playing these instruments is like doing a tight-rope walk without any kind of safety net…”

Our co-principal oboe Dan Bates introduces the instrument that composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) would have been familiar with.

Hear Dan perform at our next Turning Points event at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London:

Sat 12 May 2018
First and Last of a Great Genius
Haydn Symphony no. 1 Haydn Symphony no. 104 London

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Der Rosenkavalier

Fri 20 Apr 2018

We’re going to the cinema for a recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in London in 1926.

See the silent film version of the great opera Der Rosenkavalier, while we play live the soundtrack Richard Strauss wrote to accompany the film.

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Introducing Mozart’s Horn

Mon 16 Apr 2018

The first of a new series of videos exploring the instruments of the ‘classical’ era (1750-1820).

Principal Horn Roger Montgomery looks at the instrument that would have been used to perform Mozart’s horn concertos.

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Mozart’s naughty notes

Thu 12 Apr 2018

Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of naughty notes and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.

Read the notes as we perform it at Conway Hall with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery.

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Our Paston Footprints Project

Thu 29 Mar 2018

The Paston Papers are a collection of hundreds of letters dating back to 15th century Norfolk, which are a fascinating record of the life and times of the Paston family who lived there.

The earliest known Paston letter was written in 1408, and to mark the 600th anniversary our Education team is involved in a series of musical events. This is followed by a concert with the Orchestra at St Nicholas Church in North Walsham on Sunday 1 July, featuring a specially-commissioned piece by composer Sarah Rodgers.

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Bach’s St Matthew Passion Programme

Mon 26 Mar 2018

Here’s the programme for our performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Monday 26 March at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Mon 26 Mar 2018

“It’s designed to disturb. It should get under the skin and worry us.”

Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and the advantages of performing it without a conductor.

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Performing the St Matthew Passion

Fri 23 Mar 2018

Leader Matthew Truscott tells us what it’s like to perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion without a conductor, but instead following the breathing of singer and director, Mark Padmore.

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