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Messiah, 9 Dec – Audience Feedback

Thu 11 Dec 2014

We started the festive season on Tuesday with our performance of Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Not all audiences are the same – the last shout

Fri 28 Jun 2013

We’re really sad to say goodbye to our ‘Not all audiences are the same’ pictures. They’ve been a real hit, and we absolutely loved having our audience members involved in our photoshoot and brochure.

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Not all audiences are the same – Last Chance to See…

Fri 31 May 2013

Over the last year we’ve had the opportunity to work with some fantastic collaborators and what’s more, some of those collaborators were our very own audience.  At the start of the season, we put a call-out to members of the OAE audience, asking for volunteers with a ‘strong look’ to star in a marketing campaign highlighting the diverse range of people that attend classical concerts. 

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Not all audiences are the same: Steven and Susann

Fri 29 Jun 2012

Steven-Devine-and-Susann

Next in our series of audience / orchestra interviews is our chat with OAE co-principal keyboardist Steven Devine and audience member Susann.

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Not all audiences are the same: Ella and Martin

Thu 14 Jun 2012

We’ve had a brief break in our series of audience / orchestra interviews, because we’ve had so much going on elsewhere with the Simon Rattle tour. However we’re catching up now, so here’s an interview with OAE viola player (and Vice Chairman of the Orchestra) Martin Kelly and audience member Ella.

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Not all audiences are the same: Melissa and Cecelia

Wed 23 May 2012

Cecelia Bruggemeyer and Melissa

The second of our blog posts featuring an interview with audience and orchestra members featured in our new pictures. This time it’s the turn of audience member Melissa and Double Bass Cecelia Bruggemeyer.

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Not all audiences are the same: Greg and Debbie

Thu 17 May 2012

Debbie Diamond and Greg

So this is the first in a new series of blog posts springboarding from our brand new pictures which feature members of the OAE audience. In each we’ll profile both audience and orchestra member and also show a wider selection of pictures of each. First up is Greg, who posed with OAE violinist Debbie.

Greg (T) (as we have two Greg’s in the brochure!)


Tell us a bit about you, your work and hobbies.

I work as an Occupational Therapist in a Community setting.  My main role is to help increase people’s self reliance in daily activities and to to reduce risk.  This can be after an illness or accident or indeed at end of life to ensure safety, dignity and comfort.   A large part of what I do is reablement, working with improving self confidence and functional ability as well as adapting the physical “home” environment.  It’s a very rewarding job and I’m fortunate to have chosen a career with many areas of exploration and specialism.

I am also in my final year of training to become a Shiatsu Practitioner with the The Shiatsu College, London.  A wonderful treatment modality with a rich history that allows people to connect on deep levels.  In my spare time I practice Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga and am learning to play the Piano Accordion.

How did you hear about the Not all audiences are the same campaign?

I discovered the OAE were looking for fans to be part of the marketing campaign on Facebook.  Without much thinking I took a snap on my phone and that was that.  In for a penny, In for a pound I thought.  I was surprised and delighted to be chosen.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?

I had a fantastic time.  A sense of being plucked from one life and dropped into another – for a few short hours.  Then I was back at work writing reports and arranging appointments.  Surreal and terrific fun!  Everyone was very friendly.  Eric Richmond was the consumate professional and ensured the feeling in the room was light and creative.  My ego was well and truly massaged that day.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.

Not being a natural style icon, I decided to go for something that I wear a lot of the time because it’s what I feel comfortable in.   My very favourite jacket and a sturdy/robust pair of Australian “R.M. Williams” boots.

 How would you describe the OAE to a friend?

I would say the OAE have an integrity and an “honouring” about what they do.  They respect the composers and what has gone before, bringing well known (and not so well known) harmonies into the 21st Century in a way that is accessible, still retaining what is historic but keeping it vital and dynamic.

How would you say the OAE is different to other Orchestras?

The main difference for me is that when I listen to the OAE I always feel like I’m being transported back in time, and that what I am hearing is very precious.  It’s definitely a Zen thing.

If you’ve been to an OAE concert recently tell us a little about it.

I attended the Spinal Chords second performance (London premiere) in February.  I found the piece very moving and it was an honour to be present.   I have worked with people in my […]

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Fancy starring in our next marketing campaign?

Fri 6 Jan 2012

Followers of the OAE will know that we like to have a distinct ‘look’ to the marketing of each of our seasons, with every year’s campaign starring the people that make the OAE special – the musicians. For our 2012-2013 season campaign though we want to try something a little different. We want our audience to star in the photographs alongside the musicians.

So we’re on the look out for OAE fans with what might be called a ‘strong look’. You’ll get a sense of what we’re after from the video. You may be a bodybuilder, a competitive swimmer, a policeman, a medic, a ballerina, a drag artiste, a fan of ink, or just have a particularly ‘out there’ dress sense. Whatever – if you have a distinctive look we want to hear from you. We’ll be picking 4-5 people to be photographed alongside the Orchestra, and you’ll find yourself starring on our new brochures and marketing material. Who knows, you might find yourself on our Waterloo billboard!

With this campaign we not only want to celebrate something very important to us, our loyal audience, for without you there would be no orchestra, but also to question who classical music is for. You’ll often hear people say ‘oh that’s not for me’, ‘that’s for posh people’ or likewise…so we want to make people take notice of us, and perhaps challenge their assumptions. As you and we know, the music we play is for everyone.

We look forward to hearing from you. Drop us an email with a picture of yourself and telling us why you’d like to be featured.

William Norris, Communications Director

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The Night Shift: audience reaction

Fri 6 May 2011

As ever, we caught up with some of the audience after Wednesday’s Night Shift performance to find out what people made of it – here’s what you said:

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Night Shift vox pops

Wed 20 Apr 2011

After the last Night Shift back in January, where Vladimir Jurowski conducted us in music by Mahler and Liszt, our brave man-with-a-cam, Zen, asked the audience: ‘How was it for you?’

Here’s what people said:

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Symphonic Enlightenment – Vox Pops

Tue 1 Mar 2011

We’ve had a bit of a backlog of videos here, so these audience vox pops have been somewhat delayed. But they’re here now. After our Symphonic Enlightenment programme of Wagner, Mahler and Liszt at the Royal Festival Hall back on 21 January we asked audience members what they had made of the performance (with conductor Vladimir Jurowski and soloist Sarah Connolly). Here’s what they said:

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Abduction from the Seraglio – Audience reactions

Fri 26 Nov 2010

Lots of positive comments after our performance on Wednesday, what did you think of the concert?

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