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In depth: Marin Alsop on Schumann, madness and creativity

Sun 21 Feb 2016

Before our Marin, Music and Madness concert at the Royal Festival Hall in February, conductor Marin Alsop got together with journalist Jessica Duchen, musicologist Dr Robert Samuels and Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, to discuss whether madness and genius really do go hand in hand. Or does this notion misrepresent both creativity and mental health problems?

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Pre-Concert talk: Vladimir Jurowski talks about Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Vladimir Jurowski

It has to be admitted we’re very bad at posting our archived pre-concert talks! We promise to be better in future.

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Pre-concert talk: Stevie Wishart

Tue 16 Jun 2015

Susannah Simons talks to composer Stevie Wishart about her new commission for the OAE entitled ‘Rough with the smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre’. We performed the piece on 12 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 

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Pre-concert talk: Sally Beamish in conversation

Tue 12 Aug 2014

Back in May we revived Sally Beamish’s piece Spinal Chords, which we had premiered as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In this pre-concert event Sally talks to Nicola Christie about reviving her composition two years on from its first performances and the works’ genesis.

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The Aftershow: Annette Isserlis and Margaret Faultless in conversation

Wed 30 Jul 2014

Well we must admit we have been rather remiss in getting our pre and post concert talks up online this year. Apologies, but we’re now doing our best to catch up and post remaining talks we have on file up here.

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Kati Debretzeni: NCEM podcast

Thu 10 Jul 2014

This Sunday we’re in York for the Early Music Festival at the National Centre for Early Music. Directing the programme is OAE Leader Kati Debretzeni – and of this podcast she talks about the programme that the Orchestra has put together for the festival

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Fantasio – Pre-Concert Talk

Wed 8 Jan 2014

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In this podcast, Sir Mark Elder gives an introduction to our performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, which took place at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, 15 December 2013.

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Pre-concert talk: Julian Rushton – 29 January 2013

Tue 11 Jun 2013

Professor Julian Rushton takes a detailed look at Mozart’s last three symphonies, in a pre-concert talk given before the concert ‘By Jupiter, that’s the last of Mozart!’ on 29 January 2013 at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

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Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers – Podcast

Mon 20 May 2013

On 3 June, we return to Royal Festival Hall to perform A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the final concert of the season and the last of our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers series. 

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Pre-concert talk: Creation 9 January 2013

Thu 4 Apr 2013

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In this talk Richard Wigmore looks at the history and vivid descriptions of Haydn’s The Creation.  Was it ‘programme music’ before its time?

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Pre-concert talk: A Touch of Brass, 25 October 2012

Fri 22 Feb 2013

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Andrew Watts (OAE Principal Bassoon) discusses posthorns, hunting horns, sackbutts, clarino, hand-stopping, beer, harmonies, bandstands and the evening’s concert, with Martin Lawrence (Horn) and David Blackadder (Trumpet) from the OAE brass section.

This pre-concert talk was given before the A Touch of Brass concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre on 25 October 2012.

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Insiders podcast

Thu 1 Nov 2012

In this episode of Southbank Centre’s Insiders podcast, Ben Eshmade chats to our musicians about how the OAE started (in a surprising place!), to conductor Marin Alsop on why she enjoys working with the Orchestra and to our lovely office staff about their highlights for the season.

It’s your chance to get under the skin of the OAE – so have a listen!

You can subscribe to the Southbank Centre podcasts on iTunes here

 

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Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers Podcast

Thu 27 Sep 2012

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Here’s our brand-new podcast dedicated to our new concert series for 2012-2013: Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers, which starts this Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Who are Abel and Arne anyway?

Tue 22 May 2012

Another OAE Extras event from the vault. In this event, recorded back on 21 November 2011, David Vickers, from the Royal Northern College of Music talks about the little-known composers Abel and Arne, and asks why we don’t know more about them.

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Sally Beamish in conversation with Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Thu 26 Apr 2012

Here’s the latest of our pre-concert events to go online, from back in February this year. In it, our Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to composer Sally Beamish (pictured) about her new commission for the OAE, Spinal Chords, set to text by Melanie Reid, which was performed that evening.

Don’t forget that you can listen to Spinal Chords on the BBC Iplayer until Saturday evening – 30 minutes into the programme.

Spinal Chords is part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 commissions, and part of the London 2012 Festival.

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February podcast: Roundhouse, Bach pushes buttons & Pod Idol

Fri 10 Feb 2012

Our latest Podcast is now out, and focuses our two upcoming big events at the Roundhouse and Southbank Centre.
We hear from top conductor Sir Mark Elder who tells us about Berlioz’s incredible version of Romeo & Juliet which we’ll play at the Roundhouse on 24 Feb, kicking off the Reverb 2012 Festival. Plus Roundhouse Head Honcho Marcus Davey tells us about this iconic building.

On 4 March we’re back at Southbank Centre for a Night Shift as part of the London 2012 Festival. We’ll be featuring Bach and director Laurence Cummings tells us why Bach will push your buttons…

Plus there’s audience reaction from the first pub gig at the George Tavern and information on the return of Pod Idol, your chance to the voice of the Night Shift podcasts.

Happy listening!
The Night Shift February 2012 Podcast by The Night Shift

(For those that prefer it the podcast will be available on itunes next week…)

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February Podcast: Sir Mark Elder, Laurence Cummings and frothy tea…

Thu 9 Feb 2012

It’s time for the latest packed edition of the OAE podcast, this time with added snazzy intro music. In this edition we speak to Sir Mark Elder about Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, chat with Laurence Cummings about Bach, talk to composer Sally Beamish and writer Melanie Reid about Spinal Chords, a new piece for the OAE as part of the London 2012 celebrations, plus there’s a chat with OAE Digital Content Officer Zen Grisdale about his role at the OAE (including how he like his tea…) and lastly we talk on the phone to Double Bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer about her top CD picks. Phew!

The podcast can be streamed or downloaded below and will also be available on itunes from tormorrow.

Full details of all our performances

OAE Podcast February 2012 by OAE

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January 2012 Night Shift podcast

Thu 26 Jan 2012

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Here’s our latest freshly minted and lovingly crafted podcast, previewing our upcoming pub tour.

In it we get audience reaction from the last pub gig, talk to violinist Matt Truscott about how it is performing in a pub and what to expect from the tour, and lastly talk to The George Tavern landlady Pauline Forster about the pub and its amazing history.

The Night Shift January 2012 Podcast by The Night Shift

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Remembering Sir Charles

Tue 6 Dec 2011

Back in May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall we performed a concert dedicated to Sir Charles Mackerras – who had worked with us almost since the Orchestras foundation and in latter years had been one of our Emeritus Conductors. At the pre-concert talk writer and journalist David Nice talked to OAE players about Sir Charles, and we’re happy that this pre-concert talk is now available to listen to online for those that couldn’t make it to the talk:

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November 2011 podcast now out…

Wed 16 Nov 2011

Here’s our brand-new podcast for November. As ever, it’s a packed edition. First off we speak to regular OAE collaborator, violinist Rachel Podger, about her upcoming project with us – 1700s London and the Fab Four, a concert featuring music from Haydn, Abel, Arne and JC Bach that you can hear in both London and Bradford-on-Avon. Then we catch up with Education Director Cherry Forbes backstage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where we find out more about her role and what the OAE Education team gets up to. Next up is OAE Co-Principal Keyboard player Steven Devine who tells us about his favourite recordings, including a VERY unusual version of Handel’s Messiah (hear a more conventional one from us on 6 Dec at the Royal Festival Hall!). Lastlywe take a look back to September, when Robert Levin joined us to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 – in a special interview he tells us about the piece and his approach to it. Happy listening!

The podcast will soon also be available on itunes.

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