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Mon Sep 3 2012

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It’s that time of year again: our new Southbank Centre series of concerts starts at the end of the month.  Here’s what some of the OAE office staff have picked as their highlights…

“The concert I am most looking forward to is the Lorraine Hunt tribute programme on 3 June 2013.
Wind back 10 years… August 2003 I arrived at the OAE as a rather excited Intern.  In my second week of work, rehearsals for Handel’s Theodora started, and I was invited along to the rehearsals to have listen – enter Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and her hauntingly beautiful rich mezzo voice.  I was literally blown away, not only by Lorraine’s voice, but also by the incredibly soothing tone of the warm string writing.  A little while later OAE recorded some of these arias with Lorraine, and when even now my I-player selects them at random, it brings a sad smile to my face.   I am very much looking forward to this concert – particularly ‘As with rosy steps the morn’, probably my favourite from Theodora.”
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Ceri Jones, Projects Director

“Like most people who will be attending the concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 29 January, I was not around the last time that Sir Simon Rattle conducted the OAE in Mozart’s last three symphonies in 2001, so I am greatly looking forward to hearing these masterworks which fall squarely within the Age of Enlightenment and which promise to be given unforgettable performances by Sir Simon and the Orchestra at the end of what will have been a major tour of Europe, taking in Cologne, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest in the preceding week.”
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Stephen Carpenter, Chief Executive

“I’m looking forward to the By Jupiter, That’s the Last of Mozart on 29 January 2013: Rattle + Mozart = Can do no wrong… as well as Mozart’s Eroica on 25 February 2013: Big fan of both András Schiff and Mozart (again) and if it’s good enough for Einstein…”
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Sophie Kelland, Graduate Intern

“The new OAE season is shaping up to be the most exciting one ever for me and it’s almost impossible to choose my favourite concert- but as I have to pick just one, I’ll go for the 22 November concert, conducted by John Butt. It’s going to be a real celebration of some great choral music and Handel’s Dixit Dominus is one of my all-time favourites- it was the first piece we performed as a choir at university and the first time I really appreciated what an amazing composer Handel was. There’s so many goosebump moments in it- listen to the fourth movement on our Spotify playlist to see what I mean…”
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Natasha Stehr, Marketing Manager (acting)

“I’m a big fan of dance so I’m excited for the OAE’s collaboration with choregrapher Henri Oguike in Four Seasons in February. It’ll be interesting to see how the dance aspect brings something new to such a well-known piece. (and to see which OAE players have moves like Jagger).
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Jodie Gilliam, Development Officer

“Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is often seen as being very mainstream and overplayed, but I’ve secretly always been an addict. There is something really amazing about the way this music does exactly what it says on the tin – it really evokes the Four Seasons for me, and leaves the little tunes and motifs going round in my head for days after. I can’t wait to hear Kati play these concerti, she’s such a virtuosic player, and the dance element is an added bonus! I was lucky enough to see the taster preview earlier this year and if this is anything to go by, the end result is going to be spectacular. I can’t wait!”
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Megan Russell, Projects Manager



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