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What is a Cantata?

Fri 24 Nov 2017

What exactly is a Cantata?

Bach wrote over 200 of these mini-operas in his role as Cantor at various churches. Their sheer volume and unfamiliarity might seem overwhelming, but don’t let that put you off. Our co-principal keyboard Steven Devine explains all as he accompanies soprano Rowan Pierce in Bach’s Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows) BWV202.

 

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Sarah Connolly on Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été

Mon 20 Feb 2017

“It’s evocative of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, that sense of foreboding and drama..”

We caught up with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in between rehearsals for Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle ‘Les nuits d’été’.

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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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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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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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Schumann’s Violin Concerto

Mon 25 Jan 2016

A Ouija board, the Nazi party and Hungarian violinist Jelly D’Aranyi: Jessica Duchen, Laura Tunbridge and John MacAuslan discuss the rediscovery of Schumann’s violin concerto in the 1930s.

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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

In the second film from our Watercycle residency in Brighton we look at our work with local primary schools, where our fundraising efforts for Wateraid have been incorporated into the music making.

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Behind the scenes at our Birthday photoshoot.

Fri 7 Aug 2015

Photoshoot

A little glimpse behind the scenes as we shot the pictures for our recently released 2015-2016 concerts brochure.

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Stevie Wishart on her new composition

Tue 12 May 2015

New Music for Old Instruments: Composer Stevie Wishart talks about her new commission for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment entitled “The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre”.

The piece was performed on 12 May 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

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David Kempster talks about Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

Thu 23 Oct 2014

‘He finds out that Pauline is now shacked up with a new guy, and he’s not happy about that’

Baritone David Kempster sings the part of Sévère in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November. He chatted to us about the character of Sévère, and some of the joys and difficulties of performing Donizetti.

Find out more about Les Martyrs.

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In rehearsal: Sir Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz

Wed 13 Aug 2014

Berlioz Video

Last autumn we went on tour with our Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, with some pretty unusual repertoire for us – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Indeed, this was only the second time we have ever programmed this piece.  Here’s a clip of the Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington rehearsing the piece at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels ahead of performances there, and in Warsaw and Helsinki.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014

Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014

Watercycle

We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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Video Vault: 10 minutes with OAE Music Librarian Colin Kitching

Wed 16 Jul 2014

Colin Kitching Video

We had a rummage through our archives and found this gem from back in 2008 which we thought was worth sharing with you all. Then intern Nick Cooke traveled out to deepest Chesham to meet up with OAE Librarian Colin Kitching. The video includes rare footage of the OAE’s legendary music shed…

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Rameau’s Zaïs

Sun 27 Apr 2014

We catch up with conductor Jonathan Williams, as he and the cast prepare for the UK premiere of ‘Rameau’s Zaïs’ at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sunday 27 April.

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The OAE rehearses Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, ‘Great’

Sat 5 Apr 2014

The OAE rehearse Schubert’s Symphony No.9 ‘Great’

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How to make a hosepipe horn

Fri 21 Feb 2014

OAE

OAE Horn player Martin Lawrence demonstrates how to make a working horn, using only a hosepipe and a few bits from around the house.

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At home with Clare Connors

Mon 4 Nov 2013

Clare Connors

Last week we premiered composer Clare Connor’s new piece, Corelli Leaves. We spoke to her in her North London home about her music and composing – as well as delving into her record collection

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