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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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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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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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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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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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David Zinman talks about his life, career and recordings

Mon 28 Mar 2011

Here’s the lastest podcast of our OAE Extras pre-concert events. In this one, from our From a Dream to revolution concert back in February, broadcaster Rob Cowan talks to conductor David Zinman about his career, life and recordings.

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Pre-concert talk series: No.3 – Rob Cowan talks to David Zinman

Mon 28 Mar 2011

Before the ‘From a Dream to a Revolution’ concert on 08 Feb 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, David Zinman talked to Radio 3 presenter Rob Cowan about his career, life and recordings and how musical interpretations have changed over the years.

listen to the whole talk below:

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2nd installment in our pre-concert talk series

Fri 18 Feb 2011

Back in January before our Mahler/Wagner/Liszt Symphonic Enlightenment concert at the RFH, Robert Philip gave a pre-concert talk discussing what impact the onset of the ‘recording era’ in the early 20th century had in helping us to understand what Mahler’s sound-world might have been like.   Take a listen:

Pre-concert talk: Robert Philip – 21 January 2011 by OAE

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