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Pre-concert talk: A Touch of Brass, 25 October 2012

Fri 22 Feb 2013

© Joe Plommer

Andrew Watts (OAE Principal Bassoon) discusses posthorns, hunting horns, sackbutts, clarino, hand-stopping, beer, harmonies, bandstands and the evening’s concert, with Martin Lawrence (Horn) and David Blackadder (Trumpet) from the OAE brass section.

This pre-concert talk was given before the A Touch of Brass concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Southbank Centre on 25 October 2012.

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Gaffer tape pics – No.1

Thu 6 May 2010

Well, the 2010-2011 season brochure is almost ready and will be out in a couple of weeks. So I think it’s time we started revealing the final pictures to you! We’ll be posting one at a time over the next couple of weeks. Hope you like, do let us know what you think. All were taken by Eric Richmond, and the design/concept is by Chris Harrison. There will be a chance to find out more about the pictures and design in a future podcast.

Today’s pic is of David Blackadder – Trumpet.

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On Tour with Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Tue 10 Nov 2009

‘A vigorous work-out of Haydn symphonies’ is how The Times described OAE’s opening concert of the Southbank 2009-10 season.  At dawn, a couple of days later, the 42 players checked in at Heathrow for a repeat of the all-Haydn programme in Cologne, some still jet-lagged after recent flights from Montreal (Yannick), Sydney (Nancy) and Kathmandu (Jan).  Neal’s flute had disappeared after the London concert, but Lisa has kindly loaned him another instrument until his turns up.

In Cologne Yannick leapt onto the platform of the Philharmonie, sporting a new ‘Nightshift’ T-shirt (what on earth does the pink shrimp-like logo represent?). 

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Unenlightened in Edinburgh, buzzing in Esterhazy

Thu 3 Sep 2009

The summer is over, the new term is about to begin.  Our last events in August were the concerts with Sir Roger Norrington at the Proms, in Edinburgh, Grafenegg and Esterhazy.  They proved to be an enjoyable and exciting (perhaps a bit too exciting!) finale to the 2008-2009 season.

In Edinburgh we were looking forward to working in the newly refurbished Usher Hall, whose beautiful acoustic is ideal for the OAE’s sound.  We were joined by the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who had recently had an accident to her foot but gamely insisted on no fuss and certainly was a big hit with everyone in the orchestra.  The rehearsal in the morning went without a hitch and we dispersed to sample the delights of the Festival during the afternoon.  All went smoothly in the concert until we were just about to go on for the second half, when all the stage lights suddenly went out. (The wind players who were already on stage were plunged into gloom and looked most surprised!) 

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