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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016

Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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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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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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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016

‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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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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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016

‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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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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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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In depth: Marin Alsop on Schumann, madness and creativity

Sun 21 Feb 2016

Before our Marin, Music and Madness concert at the Royal Festival Hall in February, conductor Marin Alsop got together with journalist Jessica Duchen, musicologist Dr Robert Samuels and Director of Music at the Southbank Centre, Gillian Moore, to discuss whether madness and genius really do go hand in hand. Or does this notion misrepresent both creativity and mental health problems?

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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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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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You’re not going home, are you?

Thu 10 Dec 2015

Finishing around 8.30pm, our Kings Place concert is the perfect aperitif for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve in the heart of Kings Cross and Camden.

So, if you’re planning on sticking around after the chamber music and Viennese dances, here are our top local tips to keep you entertained to midnight and beyond.

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The Piano Tuner

Mon 23 Nov 2015

‘What I do now, for these concerts, is make the sound beautiful.’

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From deep within the OAE archive #1: Bach’s double violin concerto

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Margaret Faultless introduces a 1990 recording from BBC Scotland featuring the first movement of Bach’s double violin concerto.

Spot current OAE players Alison Bury (soloist), Cathy Weiss, Richard Tunnicliffe, Annette Isserlis, and Margaret Faultless.

We perform the same piece at St John’s Smith Square on 24 November (with Margaret) and the West London Synagogue on 22 November.

 

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The West London Synagogue

Tue 27 Oct 2015

We’re taking a break from our 30th birthday season at Southbank Centre to pay a visit to the stunning West London Synagogue, just off Edgware Road.

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Watch: 30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Fri 9 Oct 2015

The OAE archive is huge. In just 30 short years we’ve amassed a lot of stuff. Here at OAE HQ and at a secret warehouse location in Hounslow we’ve got boxes and boxes of OAE goodies.

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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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