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Le Malade Imaginaire, 3 and 9 Nov – Audience Feedback

Mon 10 Nov 2014

Last week we presented two performances of Charpentier’s incidental music to Moliere’s Le Malade Imaginaire.

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Preview: Le Malade Imaginaire at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tue 28 Oct 2014

Well, first off we’d like to state that we didn’t pay Bill Barclay, the Globe’s Head of Music, to say such nice things about the OAE. But he did, so that’s lovely. Anyway, here’s a preview of our forthcoming concerts at the amazing Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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Syringes, air lute, candles and slapstick – Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Tue 28 Oct 2014

Orchestral planning is a long-range business. Right now we’re planning projects in 2017 and 2018. So when a project that’s been in the diary a while actually comes around to happening it’s always exciting. Our collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe is actually a relative baby in the diary – we started talking about it a mere 14 months ago, but it’s still thrilling to be so close to it happening, especially with the project evolving so much in the last few months.

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

Composer

His times: Charpentier was born in an aristocratic France where music was predominantly heard in the church and stylistically influenced by Italian and German models. Well-to-do Charpentier found himself studying law in Paris and eventually music – or perhaps it was painting to begin with, we don’t really know – in Rome. There he was spotted by the composer Giacomo Carissimi, who became his mentor. Back in France, Charpentier spent 17 years as court composer to Marie de Lorraine before working in a similar post for the Dauphin, son of Louis XIV and then as music master for the Jesuit order in Paris. Eventually he directed music at the Saint-Chapelle, the gothic chapel at the Palais de Justice.

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Cast and director announced for Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Wed 8 Oct 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce the cast and director for our November performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Concerts announced at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 25 Jul 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce four concerts in the coming season at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, next to the Globe on the Southbank.

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French Exchange: Audience Reactions

Wed 12 Dec 2012

After last month’s performance of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: French Exchange at Southbank Centre, we spoke with some audience members to find out what they thought of the concert. 

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