We talk to audience member Rhys and OAE violinist Catherine Ford in the next of our audience/OAE player interview series…Read More
When I rang my Mum, Jennifer, (pictured right) at the eleventh hour and asked whether she would like to be in the OAE’s new season brochure – since we were looking for an older woman to complement the bodybuilders and other people with ‘strong looks’ that had already contacted the OAE – she completely astounded me by agreeing.
Mum was available for last minute photo shoots since she had given up work 2 years prior when she was diagnosed with Cancer – a terminal lung cancer called Mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lung cavity and had developed due to exposure to Asbestos as some undefined point in Mum’s life. Tragically Mum never got to see her picture in print, as she passed away before the last concert of the OAE’s season in June 2012, just a few days after her 62nd birthday.
I’ve worked at the OAE since 2003, and Mum had been a dedicated supporter since then. A month after I started work at the OAE she joined us last minute for the Theodora dress rehearsal at Glyndebourne and was as blown away with OAE and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson as I was. Every Summer since then she accompanied me to Glyndebourne. Choosing the perfect Glyndebourne outfit had become almost an obsession for us both – as well as the celeb spotting. I think we managed a news reader and a few actors. Heaven forbid that I ever ask someone else to accompany me. She regarded it as payback for all those years of clarinet lessons and ferrying me around.
Living in Surrey, Mum was also a regular at our Southbank Centre concerts. Like me, she had a particular love of the later stuff, but came to relish and enjoy the Baroque self-directed earlier stuff too. Though she could never quite get over her opinion that all Haydn Symphonies sound the same – there are just too many of them!
It has been a pleasure to share my OAE journey with her, a rather fitting tribute to see her smiling face immortalised in the brochure this year.
Ceri Jones, Projects DirectorRead More
Next in our audience/OAE player interview series, we talk to audience member Pascha and OAE Experience Trumpet player Hannah Bishop about their experience of the Season Brochure photoshoot.Read More
Here’s a set of pictures we meant to post a while back… But better late than never!
Thanks to our printers Cantate, some behind-the-scenes pictures of our 2012-2013 brochure being printed at their Coventry printing facility.Read More
We’re back with our audience/orchestra interviews. This time, OAE audience member Greg and OAE Viola player Annette Isserlis. Including, at the end, the photos that didn’t quite make the brochure…Read More
The latest in our series of interviews of audience and orchestra members featured in our campaign for the 2012-2013 season. This time with Night Shift audience member Gurpal and OAE cellist Jonathan.Read More
Here’s the latest instalment in our series of Orchestra / audience member interviews. This time, audience member David and OAE Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku.Read More
In our latest video we take you behind the scenes at the photoshoot for the 2012-2013 brochure, and also talk to designer Chris Harrison and photographer Eric Richmond about how the not all audiences are the same idea came about how how the shoot went.
View the season brochure.Read More
And here it is at last, our full brochure for the 2012-2013 concert season at Southbank Centre.Read More
We’re very excited to be able to now reveal to you the cover of our new 2012-2013 Southbank Centre concerts brochure. It features several of the audience members who star in the campaign, and you’ll notice we’ve turned our strapline around, so it now reads ‘Not all audiences are the same.’Read More
Earlier this year we put a call-out to members of the OAE audience, looking for volunteers with a ‘strong look’ to star in our marketing campaign for the 2012-2013 season of concerts.Read More
The very last teaser of pictures from our new brochure. Later today we’ll be posting a behind-the-scenes video trailer for the brochure, with the digital brochure going live this Friday…Read More
Lots of legs in the latest teaser…
New brochure, with full versions of these pictures and starring members of our audience will be revealed next week.
A slightly racy teaser pic for the end of the week…
We’re currently proof-reading the new brochure, it should go off to the printers next week. Next week we’ll be teasing you further with a little behind-the-scenes video…not long now until the full pictures!Read More
Here’s today’s pic for you…just a few weeks now until we reveal the full pictures!Read More