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Listings Release: Ale with Amadeus

Wed Feb 20 2013

Hailed as London’s most intimate classical experience, The Night Shift from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) returns to its Southbank Centre home on 25 October, to explore the casual side of classical music.

Violinist and director Magaret Faultless will play alongside OAE Principal Horn player Roger Montgomery, to take on pop culture’s most referenced composer; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  In a relaxed environment, audience members will be able to enjoy a pint while listening to some of Mozart’s original show off pieces.

For further information please contact Katy Bell or Matthew Grindon on 07834 603 444/020 7239 9373 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/matthew.grindon@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Ale with Amadeus Listings release

Press Release: Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: OAE celebrates birth of the prima donna

Sun Sep 9 2012

‘Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers’: Strut on stage for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s series celebrating feisty female roles in opera, the singers who perform them, and some of the most astounding music ever written, in five events from 30 September 2012 at Southbank Centre.

Stars such as Anna Caterina Antonacci and Sarah Connolly, and up and coming singers Emma Bell, Stéphanie D’Oustrac and Anna Stephany, cover gargantuan roles from ‘Ladykiller’ Medea (both Cherubini’s and Charpentier’s versions) who murdered her own children and her rival lover, to the great love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage who dies for her man.

The series launches with Anna Caterina Antonacci on 30 September playing a queen, a heroine and a ladykiller including the self sacrificing Iphigenia’s famous lament from Gluck’s opera, and the lesser known Berlioz version of Dido.
Sarah Connolly makes a welcome return (8 November) with rising star Jonathan Cohen conducting, and soprano Emma Bell performs Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, conducted by the extraordinary Marin Alsop on 8 March 2013.
The final tribute concert on 3 June 2013, to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is conducted by Baroque legend William Christie, and sees Stéphanie d’Oustrac performing Sesto’s aria from Giulio Cesare; Renata Pokupić with a scene from Hercules (Dejanira) and Anna Stephany singing Ah! Whither should we fly…As with rosy steps the morn from Theodora.

For further information contact Katy Bell on 020 7239 9375 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release Queens Heroines and Ladykillers

Listings release: Spirits and String Quartets

Thu Aug 30 2012

The pub tour is back: after a sell-out concert in January this year, the no-rules Night Shift from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) returns to the legendary Old Queens Head in Angel on 25 September for one night of mingling, music and martinis.

Four OAE musicians will be taking to the boozer’s stage for two sets of music by the 18th century superstar Haydn, where the audience will get to hear some of the ‘best bits’ from his string quartets, as well as a full performance in the second half.  They’ll also be able to grab a drink from the bar, clap when the mood takes them and possibly even meet a celebrity or two.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Listings release Spirits and String Quartets

Press release: Night Shift at the Greenwich Festival

Tue Jul 17 2012

The Night Shift: the rules-free classical night where the audience can talk, come and go with drinks and clap when they like during the performance, plays the Greenwich Summer Festival on 2 and 9 August in the Little Top in the beautiful setting of the Old Naval College gardens.

On 2 August four musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) will be joined by a guest vocalist for an evening of baroque music rooted in London, appropriate this year when all eyes are on the city. The concert will include pieces by Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, John Blow and Thomas Arne, who found lasting fame as the composer of Rule, Britannia! The programme on 9 August features Mozart, Haydn and Boccherini whose string quintet evokes the street scenes of Madrid with a vivid evocation of bells, beggars, drums and sunshine, guaranteed to brighten up a British summer evening. Both events are presented by the BBC’s Jon Jacob.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release Night Shift at the Greenwich Festival

Press Release: World leading orchestra takes Tots on a musical journey at the Greenwich Summer Festival

Fri Jul 6 2012

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) brings its ever popular TOTS concerts to the Greenwich Summer Festival for a special event on 4 August.

Meet the musicians from the Orchestra, be entranced by the music and instruments, and of course have lots of chances to join in, as the orchestra take children on a journey around Europe with music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other fantastic music by Handel, Telemann and Purcell.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release World leading orchestra takes Tots on a musical journey at the Greenwich Summer Festival

Preview and listings release: The Night Shift 1 August

Thu Jun 28 2012

The Night Shift: the rules-free classical night where the audience can talk, come and go with drinks and clap when they like during the performance – comes to Blackheath, in the beautiful surroundings of a wooden Spiegeltent on 1 August as part of the Lewisham Big Screen and Sampler series.

It then travels down the road to the Greenwich Summer Festival for a repeat performance on 2 August in the Little Top, a brand new addition to the festival this year which will also feature cabaret, theatre and spoken word performances.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Preview and listings release Night Shift 1 August

Press Release: Rattle conducts The Night Shift

Mon May 28 2012

For the first time in his illustrious career Sir Simon Rattle, one of the world’s most famous conductors, will abandon concert formalities at The Night Shift: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s rules-free classical night.

Sir Simon, who left the UK ten years ago to head up the Berlin Philharmonic, will be chatting to the audience – 80 per cent of them under 35 and a third students – from the stage – where he’ll be welcome to show up in his jeans with a beer, whilst the crowd come and go with drinks, clap when the mood takes them and cough and sneeze without any danger of a ticking off.

The maestro forms part of The Night Shift line up at the Royal Festival Hall  which includes a band in the foyer beforehand, and if he fancies it Sir Simon can boogie to the DJ set afterwards until midnight.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 07834 603 444/020 7239 9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk /natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Preview and listings release Sir Simon says relax here.

Listings release: The Night Shift 10 June

Wed May 16 2012

The Night Shift: the rules-free classical night where the audience can talk, come and go with drinks and clap when they like during the performance – makes a special appearance at the Royal Festival Hall on 10 June 2012 with an 80-piece orchestra and one of the classical world’s biggest stars, Sir Simon Rattle.

There’ll be a full performance at 10pm of Debussy’s beautiful and evocative depiction of the sea, La Mer, and his famous Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune with chat between the conductor, OAE players, and the audience.

Beforehand, from 9pm, there’ll be music in the foyer, and afterwards a DJ set until midnight (acts to be confirmed).

For further information contact Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9374 or email natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Listings release Night Shift 10 June here.

Press Release: Local Children Embrace Olympic Spirit through Music

Tue May 1 2012

Children from Richard Cobden and Argyle Primary School in Camden will be joined by three other schools and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), to perform two specially commissioned anthems on Friday 11 May at Kings Place in King’s Cross.  The concert is part of the Orchestra’s most ambitious education project to date, Anthem for a Child.

One of the newly commissioned pieces, Twangling Instruments, also uses Caliban’s ‘Be not afeard’ passage from Shakespeare’s Tempest, which is at the heart of the Isles of Wonder themed Olympics Opening Ceremony taking place in July.

For further press information contact: Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9374 or email natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release Local Children Embrace Olympic Spirit through Music here.

Press Release: 5000 children, 5000 miles – Orchestra takes music to the nation

Wed Mar 14 2012

Players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) are embarking on their most ambitious education project ever, Anthem for a Child in this Olympic year, passing on the baton in sound to over 5000 children across the country, in an exciting year where music and sport come together.

Working across the country in 9 different locations from Devon to York, the OAE will bring a series of teacher training, workshops and concerts to thousands of children and students of all ages.  Building partnerships, the programme has been specially tailored to each area and is focused on musical engagement as well as the creation of a musical legacy within the community long after the Anthem project has finished

The Anthem for a Child project will also be touring schools in a series of concerts from 19 to 27 March, giving children and their families across the country the chance to join together to perform a fanfare and an anthem with OAE musicians, specially commissioned pieces written by composer James Redwood and learnt over the term in class by the children.

For further press information contact: Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9374 or email natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release 5000 children, 5000 miles- Orchestra takes music to the nation here.

Press Release: Bacardi and Bach: Orchestra creates classical cocktail

Thu Mar 1 2012

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) are launching their very own cocktail ahead of the Night Shift concert on 4 March at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

The exclusive Night Shift cocktail has been created by Skylon bar manager Nebojsa Kutlesic, and contains Bacardi rum infused with hibiscus, Himalayan goji berry liqueur and fresh lime juice in a martini glass, and of course, is in the trademark Night Shift magenta pink.

The late-night series returns on 4 March for a full performance of Bach’s Suite No.3, famous for including Air on a G string, as well as his hugely popular Brandenburg Concerto No.5 with chat between director Laurence Cummings, the players, and the audience who can come and go with drinks and clap at will.

For further information contact Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9374 or email natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release Bacardi and Bach- Orchestra creates classical cocktail here.

Listings release: The Night Shift 4 March

Tue Feb 21 2012

Leader of the casual classical movement, The Night Shift blazes into its fifth year, returning to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 4 March at 9pm after a tour of London pubs and opening the Roundhouse Reverb festival.

There’ll be a full performance of Bach’s Suite No.3, famous for including Air on a G string, as well as his hugely popular Brandenburg Concerto No.5, with chat between director Laurence Cummings, the players, and the audience who can come and go with drinks and clap at will.

Beforehand, from 9pm, eclectic band Silvermoths play the foyer, and afterwards a DJ set from Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne until midnight.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 07834 603 444/020 7239 9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk /natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Listings release Night Shift 4 March here.

Listings Release: The Works – the antidote to the formal concert – explores Air on a G String

Mon Feb 20 2012

The Works – an antidote to the formal concert – returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 6 March, offering a way into some of the world’s greatest music in a relaxed and informal night out.

Director Laurence Cummings will give a guided tour of Bach’s ever popular Brandenburg Concerto No.5, complete with musical examples by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and also Suite No.3, famous for including Air on a G String. The musical tour will be followed by a performance of the two pieces.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 07834 603 444/020 7239 9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk /natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release The Works explores Air on a G String here.

Press Release: Bodybuilders and Beethoven

Wed Jan 11 2012

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is calling on members of its audience to take part in a radical new marketing campaign.

Tackling head-on the issue of who classical music is for, it will feature OAE fans whose image doesn’t fit the stereotype of a classical music buff, posing alongside the Orchestra’s musicians to publicise the OAE’s 2012-2013 season of concerts at the Southbank Centre.

Anyone with a ‘strong look’ is being asked to step forward, be they a bodybuilder, police officer, drag artist, nurse, pole dancer, or simply someone with an ‘out there’ dress sense.
The recruitment video can be found here.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 07834 603 444/020 7239 9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release Bodybuilders and Beethoven here.

Press Release: Sir Mark Elder conducts a super-size OAE in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet

Tue Jan 10 2012

  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • A 250-strong Chorus and Orchestra
  • Saturday 18 February 2012, 7pm
  • Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Sir Mark Elder conducting plus soloists Sonia Ganassi, John Mark Ainsley, Orlin Anastassov
  • BBC Symphony Chorus and Schola Cantorum

Sir Mark Elder will be conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) in a performance of Berlioz’s mammoth Romeo & Juliet on 18 February 2012 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Romeo & Juliet was one of Berlioz’s most ambitious projects – the first performance had an orchestra of over 100, a chorus of 101 voices, plus soloists. The OAE will perform his passionate, lush piece in a rare performance by a world renowned period-instrument orchestra.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release Sir Mark Elder conducts a super-size OAE in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet here.

Press Release: The Night Shift returns to the Roundhouse with the symphony of a stalker

Fri Jan 6 2012

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) takes its radical presentation of classical music – The Night Shift – to Camden’s legendary Roundhouse on Friday 24 February 2012 at 9pm, returning after a sell-out performance at the Reverb festival two years ago.

Sir Mark Elder will conduct orchestral extracts from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the composer’s most ambitious works.

The Night Shift throws out formal concert etiquette and offers a relaxed night out, where the audience are free to clap, cough, chat, clatter, and consume alcohol.  “Although we’ve found over The Night Shift’s six year history it attracts a hugely attentive audience, it appreciates not having to wear the classical music straight jacket,” says William Norris, Creative Director.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press Release The Night Shift returns to the Roundhouse with the symphony of a stalker here.

Press release: OAE takes centre stage in Cultural Olympiad with Sally Beamish work inspired by Times columnist

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has been chosen to take centre-stage in the Cultural Olympiad celebrations with a new commission by award winning composer Sally Beamish as part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12.

Spinal Chords, a piece of music set to a text written by Melanie Reid, a columnist on The Times who broke her neck and back following a horse riding accident, is given its London premiere on Friday 10 February at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.

For further press information contact: Katy Bell on 020 7239 9373/katy.bell@oae.co.uk or Jo Carpenter at jo@jocarpenter.com

For full information, please download the Press release OAE takes centre stage in Cultural Olympiad with Sally Beamish work inspired by Times columnist here.

Press Release: OAE appoints apprentice conductor

Fri Dec 16 2011

The OAE’s prestigious apprentice conductorship has been awarded to David Reiland, aged 31, from Belgium, who secured the prize after beating four other shortlisted candidates from across Europe.

The self governing OAE players judge the Melgaard OAE Young Conductor competition and the apprentice benefits from the Orchestra’s constructive criticism on their conducting skills over the coming year.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release OAE appoints apprentice conductor here.

Press Release: Celebrate the New Year with the OAE, Vivaldi and Telemann’s canary

Mon Dec 12 2011

  • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Saturday 31 December 2011, 6pm & Sunday 1 January 2012, 1pm
  • Kings Place, Hall One, London
  • A festive programme including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
  • Kati Debretzeni director/violin, Matthew Rose baritone

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) returns to King’s Place to celebrate the New Year with Vivaldi’s legendary Four Seasons, following sell-out seasonal concerts at the venue last year.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release OAE celebrate New Year at Kings Place with Four Seasons and a canary here.

Press Release: Sir Mark Elder appointed Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Mark Elder has been appointed a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

The appointment builds on Sir Mark’s association with the Orchestra which dates back to 1992 and has included landmark events such as Verdi’s Requiem in 2001 at the Royal Festival Hall; Creation the final concert of the OAE’s Haydn festival at the Southbank Centre in 2009; and most recently conducting the OAE in over twenty different symphonies for the BBC Four series Symphony.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Press release Sir Mark Elder Appointed Principal Artist of the OAE here.