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The Night Shift – Music for Folk

Thu 19 Oct 2017

We’re returning to Peckham’s CLF Art Café on the 24th October, but it won’t be your typical Night Shift. We caught up with clarinettist Katherine Spencer (also known as ‘Waffy’) to explain a bit about what’s in store. 

Could you talk a bit about the theme behind this Night Shift?

We’re exploring folk music and the folk that it was written for, through an OAE lens, so we’re going to be playing the music on a variety of early instruments. It’s an experiment in musical diversity and not being in a box.

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Soprano Louise Alder gives her thoughts on Handel’s Semele

Wed 18 Oct 2017

“I think there’s a fine line between healthy love and manic obsession, so perhaps she’s crossing into it..” Soprano Louise Alder chats about her role as Semele in Handel’s provocative opera.

Handel’s Semele, Wed 18 October 2017
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
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Handel’s Semele Programme

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Here’s the programme for our performance of Handel’s Semele on Wednesday 18th October at Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it, just click here. 

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Is love what you think it is?

Wed 4 Oct 2017

Is love what you think it is? Ahead of our performance of Handel’s Semele at the Royal Festival Hall on Wed 18 October, 2017, we asked social philosopher Roman Krznaric how audiences would have viewed Semele’s story differently through the ages.

Roman Krznaric is joined by the OAE’s Martin Kelly for the pre-concert talk from 6pm in the Level Five Function Room.

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Roman is author of The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained – see romankrznaric.com.

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The Judas Passion Programme

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Below is the programme for The Judas Passion concert on Monday 25th September 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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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.

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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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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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