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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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Rob Howarth’s take on a 17th Century Christmas

Mon 19 Dec 2016

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.

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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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Vladimir Jurowski

Conductor

‘They are an inspiration to me.’  Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.

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Vladimir Jurowski on Mahler

Mon 14 Mar 2016

OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.

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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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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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Vladimir Jurowski on Boris Godunov

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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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“he’s an extreme violinist”

Mon 24 Nov 2014

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.

 

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“A dream come true”. We chat with Richard Tognetti

Sat 22 Nov 2014

Richard Tognetti

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).

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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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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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A chat with the Labèque sisters

Wed 19 Feb 2014

OAE

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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Sarah Connolly and Sir Mark Elder on Offenbach’s Fantasio

Wed 11 Dec 2013

OAE

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.

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Margaret Faultless on Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Tue 26 Nov 2013

OAE

OAE violinist Margaret Faultless tells us one more thing that’s special about tonight’s concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall…

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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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Video feature: Composer Satoko Doi-Luck

Wed 11 Sep 2013

Tonight at the Old Queen’s Head in Angel, Islington, we give the premiere of Satoko Doi-Luck’s The Flying of Fickle Time, as part of The Night Shift Pub Tour. In this new video interview we talk to the composer about how she got into composing and about the genesis of this new piece.

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Video feature: Composer Kate Whitley

Sat 7 Sep 2013

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.

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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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