“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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“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.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
“It’s been really inspirational for the start of this project.”
Leader Margaret Faultless gets her hands on the original concert programme for the premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Gloucester Cathedral on September 6, 1910.
Hear us play it before Brahms’ Requiem with Marin Alsop:
Saturday 10 November, 2018, The Anvil, Basingstoke
Sunday 11 November, 2018, Southbank Centre, LondonRead More
Here’s the programme for our Brahms: A German Requiem concert at Royal Festival Hall on 11 November 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!Read More
Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?
These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.
Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.Read More
“Brahms’ Requiem is essentially humanist, less a prayer for the dead than a personal meditation for the consolation of the living.”
Ahead of our performances with Marin Alsop, we explore how Brahms’ German Requiem broke the mould.Read More
“For the same reason we are bound to believe that, as neither the beautiful neither the ugly is universal,” claimed the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1844. “Certain operas, which are every day represented and applauded (on Earth), will be hissed off the stage on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus.”Read More
Today members of the Orchestra are flying out to Singapore for a seven date tour of South East Asia, including our first ever concerts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei. We’ll also be returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we played with Iván Fischer and Steven Isserlis in 2006.
It’s all part of Toyota Classics, an annual classical music tour Toyota has promoted since 1990 to support charities across Asia.Read More
Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.
Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.Read More
The term ‘chamber’ is often used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestra. But what does ‘chamber music’ really mean? And where did it come from?
Our Chief Executive Crispin Woodhead explains.