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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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Introducing the Baroque Trumpet

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s much longer and doesn’t have any valves whatsoever.’

OAE Principal Trumpet David Blackadder introduces the Baroque trumpet, including the instrument Bach only ever wrote one piece for.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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The Brandenburgs playlist

Mon 1 May 2017

Our landmark recording of the Brandenburg Concertos from 1987–88.

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The Brandenburgs programme

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our concert, The Brandenburgs, on Tuesday 2 May at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Faust and the Mozart Concertos programme

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our Faust and the Mozart Concertos concert on Tuesday 18 April at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 2

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Part 2 of Steven Devine’s blog from our Musical Landscapes education tour, starting in Durham.

Friday 3 March 2017

Early breakfast and back to Durham Johnston school for the first concert.  This featured students from Durham Johnston and nearby St Leonards alongside the OAE.  One of the highlights of the concerts on this day was a film that the OAE visual guru, Zen Grisdale, had put together of landmarks in the area – High Force waterfall to Durham city centre and much in between.  I’m having to rely on what people told me about this as I was sat under the screen playing every time it was shown so I never actually saw it!  The soundtrack, played live by students and us, was written by the GCSE students from the two schools and scored for OAE and them by James.  A really interesting collaboration and great music to play.

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Steven Isserlis and Haydn’s cello concerto in C

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis shows us his Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello and chats about Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C which he will be playing next week at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert programme

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 1

Thu 16 Mar 2017

Our Co-Principal Keyboardist Steven Devine gives us a peek behind the scenes as we kick off our nationwide education tour in Durham.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

A lot of OAE heading up to Durham today ready for early start TOTS concerts tomorrow.  I’m not needed so I’m squeezing in some teaching and checking my harpsichord over for broken strings, etc – it’s a single-strung instrument so a broken string means that the note doesn’t work.  Also there’s a lot of moving around to be done over the next couple of days and little time for repairs.  I’m using this particular instrument as it’s very easy to move by myself and takes 4 minutes to tune (that single-strung thing again) – very useful when a whole school is arriving in the hall before a concert…

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Sarah Connolly on Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été

Mon 20 Feb 2017

“It’s evocative of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, that sense of foreboding and drama..”

We caught up with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in between rehearsals for Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle ‘Les nuits d’été’.

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Sarah Connolly’s Nights of Summer concert programme

Thu 16 Feb 2017

nights of summer

Here’s the programme for our Sarah Connolly’s Nights of Summer concert on Monday 20 February at the Royal Festival Hall.

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“Contribution to the whole is shared equally throughout the orchestra”

Thu 16 Feb 2017

If you attend our concert with Sarah Connolly next Monday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll notice there’s a big Orchestra, but no conductor.

Instead, our Leader Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra from the violin.

How does that work? And why are we attempting this musical high wire act? Kati explains.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seaons pt4

Fri 10 Feb 2017

The final film by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni taking an in depth look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi concert at Kings Place.

This time Kati explores how different violinists and ensembles interpret Vivaldi’s notation differently to make The Four Seasons their own.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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Turning Points: Vivaldi concert programme

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our first concert in Kings Place’s Turning Points series – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Saturday 11 February. You can also pick up a copy free of charge on the night itself.

The programme includes the sonnets Vivaldi wrote to accompany each of the four concertos, and director Kati Debretzeni’s notes on how to play them.

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