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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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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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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt2

Wed 1 Feb 2017

In part 2, violinist Kati Debretzeni explores how Vivaldi uses the violin as a virtuoso instrument.

Hear her perform the Four Seasons at our Turning Points concert at Kings Place on 11 Feb.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt1

Wed 25 Jan 2017

Ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concert at Kings Place on Sat 11 February, Kati Debretzeni takes an in depth look at Vivaldi’s innovative writing for the violin.

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016

“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016

‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Irish flutes in Bruckner?

Wed 20 Apr 2016

Lisa Beznosiuk shows us the flute she is playing in Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.

Hear it this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall, London:

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner

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Philip Dale on the trombone in Bruckner

Wed 20 Apr 2016

Bruckner trombone? Beethoven trombone? Philip Dale takes us through the differences between the two and which one he’ll be choosing to play in Bruckner’s six symphony on Friday 22 April 2016.

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The horns in Mahler’s Second Symphony

Wed 23 Mar 2016

“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”

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Frances Kelly and her 18th century, single action pedal harp.

Fri 12 Feb 2016

Frances Kelly takes us through some of the basics of her instrument which she will play in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Sigsiwald talks about the Spalla

Mon 24 Mar 2014

Ahead of our last concert featuring the Violoncello da Spalla, tomorrow night at Southbank Centre, here’s a video with Sigiswald Kuijken talking about and demonstrating the instrument.

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Alison Bury: Her Instrument

Wed 14 Aug 2013

In the second of two short films, lead Violinist Alison Bury talks to Jon Jacob about her instrument.

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The evolution of the violin bow

Thu 8 Nov 2012

OAE violinist, Henrietta Wayne, gives us an insight into the history of the violin bow, from the 1500s to today.

Watch the video to find out about what a violin frog is and how you can make your own bow with a twig and string!

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Roger Montgomery in rehearsal

Tue 23 Oct 2012

Horn soloist for this Thursday’s Night Shift at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, OAE’s Roger Montgomery chats about his natural horn and Mozart’s ‘hunting-style’ Horn Concerto No.4.

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