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Sarah Connolly on Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été

Mon 20 Feb 2017

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“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

No conductor pic

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

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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

Turning Points programme cover

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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Méhul: The First Romantic concert programme

Thu 9 Feb 2017

Mehul programme cover

Here’s the programme for our Méhul: The First Romantic concert on Friday 10 February 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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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt3

Wed 8 Feb 2017

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Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.

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

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Lost in the post: undiscovered Méhul

Tue 7 Feb 2017

Etienne Mehul

Six things you probably didn’t know about France’s revolutionary Romantic composer.

French composer Etienne Méhul was a musical innovator who helped drag music kicking and screaming into the 19th century. What’s more, his career spanned a remarkable time from the beginnings of the French Revolution to Napoleon.

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The Night Shift – back for 2017

Thu 2 Feb 2017

The Night Shift

New gigs

Since the last Night Shift of 2016 wound down in Peckham last November, we’ve been busy brewing up a storm for the New Year.

Throughout 2017 (ok, with a bit of a summer break), we’ll be back monthly rotating between the three venues you packed out for The Night Shift last year. That’s The George Tavern in Whitechapel (where we’re Resident Orchestra), the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the CLF Art Café at the taco-tastic Bussey Building in Peckham.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt2

Wed 1 Feb 2017

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In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.

Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.

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Is what you see really what you get?

Thu 26 Jan 2017

VID-THUMB

In 2017/18 we’re starting Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt1

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Turning-Points-pt1

Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.

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The Méhul on Sunday – Issue Three

Sun 22 Jan 2017

Méhul

The third in our series of Méhul playlists. A mixture of arias and overtures from this forgotten genius and his contemporaries. 

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The Méhul on Sunday – Issue Two

Sun 15 Jan 2017

Méhul playlist

The second Méhul playlist in our weekly series to get everyone in the mood for Mehul: The First Romantic next month.

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The Méhul on Sunday

Sun 8 Jan 2017

The Méhul on Sunday

To get everyone in the mood for Mehul: The First Romantic next month, we’re putting together a weekly Méhul-inspired playlist.

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Musical Landscapes Teacher Training – London

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Teacher Training

I have recently been appointed the position of Regional Marketing Officer; an absolute dream position for a music-loving, media-obsessed, flute-playing Londoner such as myself. When I was told by my new line-manager what my first week would consist of I thought ‘I could get used to this!’; Night Shift at Bussey Building, office Christmas party, and to start it all off, a music/drama workshop with all our Musical Landscapes musicians and teachers!

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Rob Howarth’s take on a 17th Century Christmas

Mon 19 Dec 2016

rob-howarth

We grabbed 2 minutes with director Rob Howarth in the back of a cab to tell us about his Christmas celebration of 17th Century German music at Kings Place, Monday 19 December.

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Co-Principal Viola 24 hr tour diary (3)

Mon 19 Dec 2016

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The last entry of Max Mandel’s tour diary from Brussels and Cologne on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.

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Behold the Baroque mince pie

Fri 16 Dec 2016

mince-pies

This is a mince pie recipe from a book called A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; For the Use of all Good Wives, Tender Mothers, and Careful Nurses. It was published in 1714. 

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Co-Principal Viola 24 hr tour diary (2)

Fri 16 Dec 2016

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Our co-principal viola, Max Mandel, blogs his tour diary from Poland on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.

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