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
The last entry of Max Mandel’s tour diary from Brussels and Cologne on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.Read More
This is a mince pie recipe from a book called A Collection of above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick and Surgery; For the Use of all Good Wives, Tender Mothers, and Careful Nurses. It was published in 1714.Read More
Our co-principal viola, Max Mandel, blogs his tour diary from Poland on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour.Read More
Our co-principal Violist Max Mandel blogs from Rotterdam on the Bach Christmas Oratorio tour. A blow by blow account of the 1st 24 hours:
We’ve already had a week of rehearsals and concerts of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio so it doesn’t feel like the usual beginning of a tour where you’re not sure how it’s going to go. Instead we feel like quite a close group already, in part thanks to Maestro Masaaki Suzuki’s generous spirit. He’s the kind of director who is very insistent on what he wants from the music but the way he gets after it never feels like nagging. His humility and endless enthusiasm for the music has made the project a joy for everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group so eager to get on a plane first thing in the morning.Read More
Here is the Christmas Oratorio programme, covering concerts on 9 and 10 December 2016.Read More
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 ticketsRead More
Here’s the Bach: A Family Affair programme. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge at the concert.Read More
Milanese keyboard wizard Ottavio Dantone is the Filippo Inzaghi of the early music world, a Baroque expert who once brought his considerable heading skills to the youth teams of AC Milan.Read More
We need you, the audience, to help us come up with a title for one of our 2017–2018 concerts.
Just suggest a title for the concert. Then we’ll choose one, use it, and give you a pair of tickets to the concert (or another from next season if you prefer).Read More
Some of you have asked for an OAE TOTS playlist. So here’s what we played at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton on Saturday 1 October 2016.Read More
The concluding part of Bassoonist Halley Pullen’s Ryedale Festival Tour Diary.
Wednesday 14th September
We arrived at the Brunton Theatre for an orchestral rehearsal. Ian Tindale, our director on harpsichord, had a few new details and changes to cadenzas for us. For the most part, our ensemble felt comfortable and familiar, apart from getting used to the acoustic, which was surprisingly helpful for hearing orchestral detail but a bit dry for the singers’ tastes. Our bass player Hannah borrowed a baroque bass from a local player (for perhaps obvious reasons to those who have seen a bass flight case) and had to quickly get used to playing a totally new instrument.Read More
Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen continues her blog of her experiences on tour at the Ryedale Festival, performing Handel’s opera Alcina in Perth and Musselburgh, Scotland.
It had been several weeks since our group of OAE experience players performed together at the Oriental Club in London and almost two months since our debut outing at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire (see Tour Diary parts 1 & 2). Looking forward to joining my fellow colleagues for our final performances of Handel’s Alcina, I was a bit anxious about the journey up to Scotland by plane. Travelling with instruments (a theme threaded throughout this entry) can be a precarious business and I was immediately caught off guard at the start of the journey…Read More
Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.
Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).Read More
The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.Read More
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?Read More
Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.Read More
OAE Experience bassoon Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.Read More
Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:Read More
Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.Read More