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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.11

Fri 27 Apr 2012

The last of this week’s teaser pictures is rather athletic…

Just a few of these left now. Next week we’ll be releasing a little video about the new pictures and how we got on finding audience members with a ‘strong look’.

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.10

Thu 26 Apr 2012

Entering the final stages both of our teaser pictures and of our brochure production, with last changes being sent off to the designers today or tomorrow. So here’s today’s teaser. After we posted it on Facebook we realised that maybe it wasn’t the best crop of the larger picture, but anyway…

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.9

Tue 24 Apr 2012

Here is today’s teaser picture…it’s actually related to a previous teaser we put up. Can you guess which one?

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.8

Mon 23 Apr 2012

Here’s today’s little teaser picture. Find out more about the forthcoming Not all audiences are the same marketing campaign here.

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.7

Fri 20 Apr 2012

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!

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.6

Mon 16 Apr 2012

Here’s today’s pic for you…just a few weeks now until we reveal the full pictures!

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.5

Thu 12 Apr 2012

For today’s photo teaser we have a little bit of muscle…

Part of our new photo campaign for the 2012-2013 season, with the full pictures being revealed in May.

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.4

Wed 11 Apr 2012

A double dose of pictures today! Here’s the latest teaser from our new photoshoot for the 2012-2013 season brochure…

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.3

Wed 11 Apr 2012

And here’s another sneak preview of our new pictures for you! Another coming this afternoon…

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2012-2013 pictures. Teaser No.2

Tue 10 Apr 2012

Another little taster of our new pictures for the 2012-2013 concert season…

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2012-2013 London concerts: now on sale

Tue 14 Feb 2012

Our 2012-2013 Southbank Centre season is now on public sale. It all starts off on 30 September when Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington returns to us to conduct a programme of Haydn, Cherubini, Gluck, Berlioz and Bizet that not only starts our season but also our 5-event series celebrating strong female roles in opera, Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers. The season continues through until June 2013 with artists appearing including Sarah Connolly, Sir Simon Rattle, András Schiff, Marin Alsop and William Christie. Also during the year our new The Works series continues and we greatly expand our OAE TOTS series of events for those aged 6 and under, with 6 events thoughout the year. The Night Shift will also continue, with performances being announced later.

Details of all performances are now online on our site, or you can alternatively browse the ‘virtual’ concert diary below.


Concerts can be booked through Southbank Centre online or on 0844 847 9922

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2012-2013 Season – sneak preview

Wed 25 Jan 2012

As you may have read in a previous post, this Monday we launched our 2012-2013 Southbank Centre season to the press at the Royal Festival Hall. So it’s now time to give you some highlights and tell you what’s in store. Public booking for the season opens on 14 Feb, but you can book NOW if you join the Friends of the OAE. Alternatively members of our Priority Mailing List can book from next Wednesday. All the concerts will be added to our website shortly.

Season Highlights:

Queens Heroines and Ladykillers: A 5-event series celebrating strong female characters in opera. Including:

30 September 2012 Sir Roger Norrington is joined by Anna Caterina Antonacci to sing works by Cherubini, Gluck and Berlioz.
8 November 2012 Sarah Connolly sings Purcell, Rameau and Charpentier.
3 June 2013 A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson – William Christie directs an all-Handel concert.

By Jupiter, that’s the last of Mozart!
29 January 2013 – Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mozart’s last 3 symphonies.

Four Seasons
8 February 2013 A brand new collaboration with choreographer Henri Oguike with a world premiere of a dance dance work set to Vivaldi’s seminal Four Seasons, with OAE leader Kati Debretzeni as soloist.

Mozart’s Eroica
25 February 2013 Legendary pianist András Schiff makes his OAE debut with Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos 9 & 24


The Works, our new concert series giving you a guided tour of selected pieces continues.

OAE Tots returns with 6 events throughout the year for the youngest of music lovers.

And of course our late-night Night Shift series also continues.


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Bryn, croissants and ladykillers: Launching the new season

Tue 24 Jan 2012

Yesterday morning much of the classical music press, together with famous musical names and a legion of Orchestra CEO’s and other behind-the-scenes staff gathered in the glamorously named ‘Level 5 Function Room’ at the Royal Festival Hall for the launch of the 2012-2013 concert season. As our regular attenders will know, the Southbank Centre is host to four Resident Orchestras: us (of course), the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia and the London Sinfonietta. For several years now we’ve worked together to coordinate the launch of our various seasons – together with the Southbank’s own series: Shell Classic International, the International Chamber Music Series and the International Piano Series. Coordinating it like this makes things a lot simpler for audiences, the press, and indeed all of us!

Getting everything ready on time is no mean feat – and there are some horrifying / amazing spreadsheets that timetable everything down to the last day – when we get our concert details over to the Southbank Centre, when we confirm ticket prices, copy and pictures for each concert (for Southbank Centre’s website and Classical Guide), what seats we need for sponsors, and so on. At Southbank’s end it means that 200 or so events have to be set up on their box office system and website – which is no mean feat. Especially when people like me make a mistake with the pricing structure I originally sent over…

Anyway – doing it all together like this also means we can have a big press launch and hopefully get the classical music press enthused as to what we’re up to in the next 12-18 months. So we all gathered yesterday morning for coffee and croissants and heard from various people about what’s in store. Jude Kelly, the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre kicked off proceedings and was closely followed by the Southbank Centre’s new Head of Classical Music Gillian Moore. Next up was Vladimir Jurowski who talked about the LPO’s new season (my personal highlight: two concerts with Marin Alsop with some very esoteric repertoire, and Vladimir himself combining the LPO and Russian National Orchestra) before rushing off to rehearse the LPO in the Festival Hall right next door. Next it was the turn of the Philharmonia and Principal Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who talked touchingly and amusingly about the composer Lutoslawski. His music is a feature of their new season – as is a performance marking the 100th anniversary of the Rite of Spring. I’m excited that they are also bringing back their excellent Re-Rite installation to London to coincide with this.

The London Sinfonietta, our office buddies here at Kings Place, were next (personal highlight – a new piece by Steve Reich based on songs by Radiohead) and then it was us in the spotlight! Vice-Chairman and viola player Martin Kelly did an excellent job in the three whole minutes that had been allotted to him, and our series title of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers even got a laugh.

Lastly we had a special guest – Bryn Terfel, who is not just appearing in several concerts but is also putting on a whole Welsh festival at Southbank Centre. Including a food market. Yum.

So, what do we have in store? Well I’m going to be mean and leave that for a post tomorrow…sorry!

William […]

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Star in our new brochure – final call for entries!

Mon 16 Jan 2012

As you may have seen, for our upcoming marketing campaign for our 2012-2013 season of concerts we’re putting audience members centre stage. We’re looking for people with an unusual or strong ‘look’ to star alongside OAE musicians in the ‘oae and me’ photographs for the season, and we’re now in the final few days of our hunt – with the deadline being the end of Wednesday 18 January.

We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with a really wide range of looks – Goths, Taekwondo black belts, David  Bowie-esq make up, tattoos, and others harder to describe! We want as many people to choose from as possible through, so don’t be shy in coming forward. Some have been worried their look isn’t ‘strong’ enough, but even if you’re not sure you should definitely give it a go. It doesn’t have to be as way-out as you might think. Even your work attire might be good – mechanics, doctors and soldiers step forward! Or maybe you have a hobby like ice skating, rock climbing, or cycling that makes you stand out? Perhaps you simply have a very individual dress sense. Whatever – drop us a line. All we need is a picture or two by the end of 18 January – and as an added incentive there’ll most likely be a little thank you for everyone who sends us a picture.

Help us prove that Not all audiences are the same!


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