In the classical era, composers such as Mozart and Beethoven often included passages called cadenzas towards the end of their concertos. These were either improvised or pre-composed, and gave the soloist the chance to show off the full range of her or his skills.
For Nicola Benedetti’s performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with us, she’s worked with composer Petr Limonov to write a new cadenza premiered on this tour, for which she’ll be accompanied by our Principal Timpani, Adrian Bending.Read More
Today we’re announcing the concerts in our 2018/19 season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.
It’s called Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and it’s the second in our Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.Read More
Classical music hasn’t always been about sitting silently in a concert hall, glugging down a pre-poured glass of wine in the interval and polite applause.
With The Night Shift, we take classical music back to its lively, informal roots with gigs in pubs, night clubs and other venues where you like to spend your time. Enjoy two half hour sets of classical music, played by some of the finest players in the business, without the usual rules.Read More
Professor Tara Shears came to talk to us about antimatter as part of our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place. We learnt there is more connecting Bach and particle physics than you might imagine.Read More
It’s been a while, but the time has come for you to put your musical thinking caps on for a our traditional ‘name a concert’ feature.
We need a name for the following concert coming up in 2018. Think Handel, Telemann, organs and, possibly, feasts.Read More
West London Synagogue is one of London’s unexpected gems – an architectural beauty with a brilliant acoustic for music.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Mozart: Master of Deception concert with Rachel Podger on Monday 27 November at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
As well as the programme notes, in this issue:
Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue asks ‘Is seeing believing?’ We take a look at the eventful London life of Johann Christian Bach.
If you can’t see it, just click here.Read More
What exactly is a Cantata?
Bach wrote over 200 of these mini-operas in his role as Cantor at various churches. Their sheer volume and unfamiliarity might seem overwhelming, but don’t let that put you off. Our co-principal keyboard Steven Devine explains all as he accompanies soprano Rowan Pierce in Bach’s Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows) BWV202.
Violinist Kinga Ujszászi gives us a peak behind the scenes on our current tour of Australia.Read More
We’re returning to Peckham’s CLF Art Café on the 24th October, but it won’t be your typical Night Shift. We caught up with clarinettist Katherine Spencer (also known as ‘Waffy’) to explain a bit about what’s in store.
Could you talk a bit about the theme behind this Night Shift?
We’re exploring folk music and the folk that it was written for, through an OAE lens, so we’re going to be playing the music on a variety of early instruments. It’s an experiment in musical diversity and not being in a box.Read More
“I think there’s a fine line between healthy love and manic obsession, so perhaps she’s crossing into it..” Soprano Louise Alder chats about her role as Semele in Handel’s provocative opera.
Handel’s Semele, Wed 18 October 2017
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Here’s the programme for our performance of Handel’s Semele on Wednesday 18th October at Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it, just click here.Read More
Is love what you think it is? Ahead of our performance of Handel’s Semele at the Royal Festival Hall on Wed 18 October, 2017, we asked social philosopher Roman Krznaric how audiences would have viewed Semele’s story differently through the ages.
Roman Krznaric is joined by the OAE’s Martin Kelly for the pre-concert talk from 6pm in the Level Five Function Room.
Roman is author of The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained – see romankrznaric.com.Read More
Below is the programme for The Judas Passion concert on Monday 25th September at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it click here.Read More
Earlier in the year we invited schools to participate in a creative writing competition inspired by The Judas Passion. We asked pupils and teachers to submit new writing on the theme of forgiveness in any form and received many wonderful entries from across the country. We are delighted to present our winners on the following pages.Read More
What is right and what is wrong? Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? There are two very different visions of the Easter story in our 2017/18 season.
The Judas Passion
St Matthew Passion
Here’s Sir Mark on Donizetti’s Les Martyrs.Read More
After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.
New and old favourite venues will return, including our favourite Victorian boozer, the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. If you’re more inclined towards goings on south of the river, we’ve got you covered – Peckham’s CLF Art Café will be hosting a clarinet and klezmer themed evening. We also hear great things about their newly re-launched kitchen. Finally, we’ll be descending on The Camden Assembly, scene of many a Brit-pop bust-up, where you’ll find tasty pale ales and burgers aplenty.Read More
Her Times: Born in 1956, Sally Beamish studied Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving lessons from notable composers Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Berkeley. When she first tried break into composition during the late 1970s, many institutions favoured the more difficult, unforgiving end of modern classical music. A move to Scotland afforded Sally with the opportunity – and the audience, which she needed. The premiere of her work Commedia with the Hebrides Ensemble enjoyed widespread acclaim, and a flood of commissions from symphonies to solo works soon followed. Now busier than ever, Sally is frequently sought after for commemorative works, and has expanded her scope to include compositions for film, theatre and ballet.Read More
Who called who a nanny goat bassoonist? Our Co-Principal bassoon Peter Whelan tells all as he introduces the baroque bassoon.Read More