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Sun 21 Oct 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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J.S. Bach Was soll ich aus dir machen (‘How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?’) BWV89

Rowan Pierce soprano
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Newby bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dallas Campbell speaker

How to Leave the Planet 

Our pioneering series of Sunday morning music and science returns.

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Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Mon 26 Mar 2018

“It’s designed to disturb. It should get under the skin and worry us.”

Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and the advantages of performing it without a conductor.

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Performing the St Matthew Passion

Fri 23 Mar 2018

Leader Matthew Truscott tells us what it’s like to perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion without a conductor, but instead following the breathing of singer and director, Mark Padmore.

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Bach’s B minor Mass (1748)

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Following much-praised accounts of the St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, conductor Stephen Layton now turns to Bach’s mighty B minor Mass.

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Symmetry in music: Particle physicist Tara Shears

Thu 4 Jan 2018

Professor Tara Shears came to talk to us about antimatter as part of our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place. We learnt there is more connecting Bach and particle physics than you might imagine.

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What is a Cantata?

Fri 24 Nov 2017

What exactly is a Cantata?

Bach wrote over 200 of these mini-operas in his role as Cantor at various churches. Their sheer volume and unfamiliarity might seem overwhelming, but don’t let that put you off. Our co-principal keyboard Steven Devine explains all as he accompanies soprano Rowan Pierce in Bach’s Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows) BWV202.

 

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Introducing the Baroque Violin

Mon 5 Jun 2017

‘The gut strings make a more gutsy sound’

If you think a violin from the 18th Century is the same as one made yesterday, think again…

Violinist Huw Daniel reveals the differences between the baroque instrument and the modern one.

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Bach Goes to Prague

Wed 31 May 2017

This week Emily and Alex from our Development team took a bunch of OAE Patrons, some of the Orchestra’s most loyal supporters, to Prague. They discovered castles, stag dos, and a little bit of Bach. Emily tells the story:

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Introducing the Baroque Flute

Fri 12 May 2017

“The wood makes the sound gentler and more… woody”

Meet the flute that our principal Lisa Beznosiuk uses for playing Bach, Handel, Rameau and people like that.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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Bach: A Family Affair concert programme

Thu 27 Oct 2016

Bach: A Family Affair Programme

Here’s the Bach: A Family Affair programme. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge at the concert.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016

We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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From deep within the OAE archive #1: Bach’s double violin concerto

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Margaret Faultless introduces a 1990 recording from BBC Scotland featuring the first movement of Bach’s double violin concerto.

Spot current OAE players Alison Bury (soloist), Cathy Weiss, Richard Tunnicliffe, Annette Isserlis, and Margaret Faultless.

We perform the same piece at St John’s Smith Square on 24 November (with Margaret) and the West London Synagogue on 22 November.

 

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Pre-concert talk: performing the St Matthew Passion without a conductor

Wed 8 Apr 2015

If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015

Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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Speed Interview: Robin Blaze

Fri 27 Mar 2015

In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.

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Bach: Maybe not such a misery after all

Thu 19 Mar 2015

When asked to name their ideal dinner party guests, who would really say JS Bach?

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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Current Distractions

Thu 29 May 2014

Current Distractions

In this week’s Current Distractions – surreal dogs, fun chocolate and a dormant crust of planetary mass that hasn’t spewed out anything hot in years.

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