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OAE Patrons in Eisenstadt

Mon 28 Sep 2009

Earlier this month, I travelled with a group of our patrons to Austria for a performance by the OAE in the Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt. Haydn worked in the Esterházy for over 30 years and it seemed a perfect time for this trip to celebrate Haydn’s Bicentenary.

Day One
After a hassle-free flight to Vienna we travelled to Eisenstadt, which is approximately 1 hour from the airport. That evening we dined outdoors at a lovely restaurant directly opposite the Schloss Esterházy. We sat outside to make the most of the balmy evening but blankets were a nice touch as the night turned cooler.

Day Two
Morning walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, Haydn Mausoleum and Schloss Esterházy, along with hordes of other tourists. The patrons then spent the afternoon in Hungary and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Eszterháza.

We were all very excited about hearing the Orchestra perform in the Haydnsaal. As always, the Orchestra played beautifully and the acoustics were simply superb. Following the concert, Laurence Cummings and some of the other players from the OAE joined us for a hearty feast. We enjoyed a seasonal dinner, starting with pumpkin soup, which was the best I have ever had!

Day Three
Back to London with long delays checking into Heathrow…

Claire Lenyk, Development Manager, Individual Giving

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OAE at the Austrian Embassy

Mon 16 Mar 2009

I am new to the OAE and have been planning to write on this blog for some time now. I have had a wonderful time with the OAE so far and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many new people from players to audience members.

Recently I have been focusing on our Haydn Series and have been busy preparing for a Haydn event which took place last week at the Austrian Embassy. The event was a huge success and we were delighted with the beautiful surroundings and welcoming hostess – the Austrian Ambassador. There was great buzz all night with everyone appearing to enjoy the food, wine and beautiful music. We were really pleased that so many people at this event were completely new to the OAE– it was a fantastic way to introduce new people to the Orchestra. We have had a very positive response from many who attended and I am looking forward to start planning our next one! There are a few pics below of the beautiful Embassy building.

Claire Lenyk, Development Manager

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