We’re excited to be starting our second season as the Anvil Basingstoke’s Orchestra in Association this Friday and to celebrate we are inviting local OAE fans to a special open rehearsal and drinks reception.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?”
First reviews and bloggers are in after our concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last night:
Independent (five stars!)
Also some coverage ahead of our debut concert in Sheffield:
Remaining concerts in this tour in Sheffield (10 Feb) and Basingstoke (12 Feb)Read More
Tonight sees our very first live stream of a concert, direct from the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre.
We’ll be ‘on air’ from 5.45pm, with the OAE Extras event when conductor David Zinamn will be interviewed by broadcaster Rob Cowan. This will be followed at 7pm by the concert itself: Mendelssohn’s Overture, Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No.1 (with soloist Antony Pay) and then Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.
We’ll be doing a repeat of the stream this Saturday live from Basingstoke’s Anvil, starting at 7.45pm, and straight into the concert.
There’ll be live chat during the show so feel free to ask us some (easy) questions! Ceri, Megan, Zen and myself (William) will all be answering your burning OAE queries.
View the live stream here
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