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Not all pianos are the same…

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Bluther 1867, restored by Edwin Beunk

When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.

There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.

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Brahms Piano Concertos Programme

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Brahms Piano Concertos 1 and 2 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Introducing the Oboe da Caccia

Wed 6 Mar 2019

“Its sound is very soothing, plaintive and I think slightly enigmatic”.

Our co-principal oboe Katharina Spreckelsen explores the mystery of the peculiar looking baroque instrument, the oboe da caccia.

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2019-20: Salvation and Damnation

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Today tickets go on sale for our new season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Salvation and Damnation. Why?

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Bach, the Universe and Everything Podcast 3

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Here’s the latest Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast taken from the series at Kings Place.

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Introducing the 19th Century Horn

Why play a new instrument when we make music for old instruments?

Our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery performs a section from Schumann’s showstopping Konzertstück for Four Horns, and introduces a new ‘19th century-style’ horn. This instrument has valves, which makes performing such challenging repertoire possible.

Hear it in our upcoming concerts with Sir András Schiff, also featuring Brahms’ blockbuster piano concertos.  Find out more

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Further reading: Lisa Beznosiuk

Wed 6 Feb 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, wrote about being the lone flute in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, as performed on Monday 4 February 2019 at Royal Festival, and on tour around Europe.

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Love and Duty programme

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Here’s the programme for our Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená, concert at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 4 February 2019. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Six things you (probably) didn’t know about Christoph Willibald Gluck

Thu 31 Jan 2019

What’s in a name? Admittedly, Christoph Willibald Gluck wasn’t blessed with the most inspiring of them – it’s hardly evocative like the great Italian opera composers or his 18th century counterpart, Mozart.

But don’t let that put you off. Often overlooked, Gluck is one of the great opera composers. He wrote 49 in total, evolving the genre from the extravagancies of the Baroque era to the more focused, storytelling genre it became.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about him.

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Introducing the Baroque Theorbo

“People complain a lot about the space that I take up”.

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it’s like to carry it around on the tube.

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Concerts for 2 to 5 year olds in 2019

Wed 2 Jan 2019

We’ve just announced The Worlds Around Us, our new Southbank Centre series of OAE TOTS, our concerts introducing children age 2 to 5 to the magic of classical music.

This year we’re exploring the weird and wonderful world around us.

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The best of Barbara Strozzi

Thu 27 Dec 2018

In January, we launch Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped series with a concert of music by 17th century Venetian composer, Barbara Strozzi.

If you’ve never heard her music before, we really think it’s worth a listen. So we’ve compiled some of the best of it into the Spotify playlist below.

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Introducing Mozart’s Clarinet

Fri 21 Dec 2018

“This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it.”

Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time – the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto best.

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Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast

Fri 7 Dec 2018

Lots of you have been asking for a listen again option for our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place, so here it is!

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Telemann – In Numbers

Sat 1 Dec 2018

We’re playing music by Telemann in our Pipedreams concert on Monday 3 December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Here is his life broken down into manageable, number-related facts.

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Introducing Handel’s Organ

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.

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Pipedreams Programme

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Pipedreams concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on 3 December 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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John Butt on Telemann

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt directs Pipedreams, a concert of music by great friends Handel and Telemann in Glasgow and London.

He explains why Telemann’s music is just as wonderful as that by Handel.

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Further listening: Simone Jandl

Mon 12 Nov 2018

So you’ve heard our Brahms: A German Requiem concert and you’re hungry for more Brahms. Our co-principal viola Simone Jandl recommends four unique pieces Brahms wrote after a eureka moment later in his life.

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