“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’.Read More
We grabbed 2 minutes with director Rob Howarth in the back of a cab to tell us about his Christmas celebration of 17th Century German music at Kings Place, Monday 19 December.Read More
‘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’.Read More
‘They are an inspiration to me.’ Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.Read More
OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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In this latest video, shot during rehearsals with violinist Richard Tognetti, Cellist Robin Michael and Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku talk about he’s like to work with.
We’re currently on tour with violinist Richard Tognetti, who is directing our ‘Lord of the Strings’ programme – which you can hear in London in full on Tuesday (parts of it also feature in Monday’s The Works and The Night Shift).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Katia and Marielle Labèque join us tonight for a concert of Saint-Saëns and Ravel at The Hexgaon in Reading, then tomorrow we’re at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for Fancy That!, our family concert at 11.30am and French Fancies at 7pm. They took time out from rehearsals to give us a taste of what we can expect.
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As they took a break from recording Offenbach’s Fantasio, we spoke with conductor Sir Mark Elder and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, about the challenges of reviving a lost opera.Read More
OAE violinist Margaret Faultless tells us one more thing that’s special about tonight’s concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall…Read More
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 collectionRead More
For the Pub Tour we’ve worked with three cutting-edge young composers to write short pieces for us, all composed with the pub environment in mind. On Monday and Tuesday of this week you get a chance to hear the first of them, Statice for String Quartet by Kate Whitley.Read More
In the second of two short films, lead Violinist Alison Bury talks to Jon Jacob about her instrument.Read More
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!Read More