“This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it.”
Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time – the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto best.Read More
OAE musicians talk about the little known composer Myslivecek and his music.Read More
Antony Pay is our Principal Clarinettist, and he’s currently on tour with us, taking centre stage with Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1. There’s still a chance to catch the performance tonight in Sheffield or Saturday in Basingstoke. We put some quick fire questions to him:
What/when was your big breakthrough?
In January 1968 when the London Sinfonietta did its first concert. That led quite quickly to work with the LPO and the English Chamber Orchestra, and then to my being appointed first clarinet in the RPO under Kempe…I remember it being a golden year!
What do you fear the most?
I feel most terrified in the moments before throwing myself into a challenge; once I’m actually doing it, it isn’t so bad. On a more trivial level, I don’t like to feel as though I’m looking stupid, so answering questionnaires like this is difficult.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
I often call my wife; sometimes that’s just for a lift back from the railway station, but we speak most days when I’m away.
What – or where – is perfection?
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what’s a heaven for?”
As you might have gathered, we’re about to start our first fully fledged ‘Green Tour’ of the UK this month, kicking off with a sold-out concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall tomorrow night (8 Feb) conducted by David Zinman, followed by a trip up to Keswick in the Lake District, Sheffield, and then back down to Basingstoke. We’re very lucky to be able to provide a live streaming of both the London and Basingstoke concerts which will be featured on various different websites including Ustream, Youtube and Facebook (more details in our previous blog entry).
But that’s not all the eco-warriors at the OAE have been doing…Read More
Next week brings another OAE first – we’re doing our first ever live concert stream, in collaboration with IC247.
Our From a dream to revolution concert on Tuesday 8 February at the Queen Elizabeth hall will be streamed online live and free, starting with the pre-concert interview with conductor David Zinman at 5.45pm and then followed by the concert at 7pm.
It ties neatly into our green initaitive which accompanies next week’s tour (of which, more soon), enabling those unable to come to the concert to still enjoy it.
The concert will be streamed live here and if you use Facebook you can find the relevant event here.
The programme is:
5.45pm: OAE Extras Broadcaster Rob Cowan talks to David Zinman about his career and recordings.
7pm: From a dream to revoulution
Mendelssohn Overture, Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor
Beethoven Symphony No.7
David Zinman conductor
Antony Pay clarinet
You can download a free programme to accompany your listening here – this will be available from Monday 7 Feb.
Lastly, if you want to listen to this concert ‘in the flesh’ then it tours to Keswick (with Eduardo Portal replacing David Zinman) on 9 Feb, Sheffield City Hall on 10 Feb and Basingstoke’s Anvil on 12 Feb. London is now sold out but more tickets will be released at 12 noon on the day.Read More
This morning we have Antony Pay, clarinet and Roger Montgomery, horn.Read More