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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 2

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Part 2 of Steven Devine’s blog from our Musical Landscapes education tour, starting in Durham.

Friday 3 March 2017

Early breakfast and back to Durham Johnston school for the first concert.  This featured students from Durham Johnston and nearby St Leonards alongside the OAE.  One of the highlights of the concerts on this day was a film that the OAE visual guru, Zen Grisdale, had put together of landmarks in the area – High Force waterfall to Durham city centre and much in between.  I’m having to rely on what people told me about this as I was sat under the screen playing every time it was shown so I never actually saw it!  The soundtrack, played live by students and us, was written by the GCSE students from the two schools and scored for OAE and them by James.  A really interesting collaboration and great music to play.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 1

Thu 16 Mar 2017

Our Co-Principal Keyboardist Steven Devine gives us a peek behind the scenes as we kick off our nationwide education tour in Durham.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

A lot of OAE heading up to Durham today ready for early start TOTS concerts tomorrow.  I’m not needed so I’m squeezing in some teaching and checking my harpsichord over for broken strings, etc – it’s a single-strung instrument so a broken string means that the note doesn’t work.  Also there’s a lot of moving around to be done over the next couple of days and little time for repairs.  I’m using this particular instrument as it’s very easy to move by myself and takes 4 minutes to tune (that single-strung thing again) – very useful when a whole school is arriving in the hall before a concert…

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OAE TOTS playlist

Thu 6 Oct 2016

Some of you have asked for an OAE TOTS playlist. So here’s what we played at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton on Saturday 1 October 2016.

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Watercycle – the charity single

Tue 21 Jun 2016

We’ve just released what we think may be the world’s first charity single recorded on 17th century instruments.

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Beverley: The Age Old Story

Fri 27 May 2016

OAE Education Director and oboe player, Cherry Forbes, updates us on what’s happening up in Yorkshire. 

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The Cycle Goes On

Mon 29 Feb 2016

For Watercycle, we travelled to nine towns and cities across across the UK, collaborating with local communities and bringing unique musical experience to people of all ages and backgrounds. With our final residency coming to a close at the beginning of 2016, here’s a look back at our previous years of Watercycle touring.

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Watercycle – We’re going on the ferry!

Wed 23 Dec 2015

Our last Watercycle residency is on the horizon and after a series of workshops in Southampton primary, secondary and special needs schools during the Autumn Term we’ll be returning in late January to perform five concerts in two days with over 800 primary children, 30 secondary students from Southampton and the Isle of Wight and a group of special needs students.

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A cello of one’s own

Tue 1 Dec 2015

You know what’s really hard? Learning to play an instrument but never really getting a chance to play it.

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Down the sewer, in the pub and into the community – Watercycle in film: Part Three

Fri 30 Oct 2015

The 3rd and final part of our film on OAE Education’s Watercycle residency in Brighton.

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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

In the second film from our Watercycle residency in Brighton we look at our work with local primary schools, where our fundraising efforts for Wateraid have been incorporated into the music making.

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“Our most spontaneous audience” Watercycle in film: Part One

Tue 11 Aug 2015

Watercycle

We’re mid-way through our most ambitious education project to date, Watercycle – visiting 9 towns and cities across England and reaching more than 10,000 young people. So, a good moment to take stock and see what’s been happening to date.

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OAE in King’s Lynn – pictures

Thu 7 May 2015

Last week we were in residence in King’s Lynn – the second leg of our Three Town Tour, which also incorporates part of our Watercycle Education tour. While we were in town we performed no less than 6 concerts, including 2 schools concerts and an evening Community Concert.

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Ay up me ducks: the Orchestra crawls north

Wed 29 Apr 2015

Our intrepid Deputy Director of Development, Harriet Lawrence, followed the Orchestra to Chesterfield. Here she reports back on what she found…

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OAE TOTS: What we played

Mon 23 Mar 2015

We recently performed Pitter Patter Raindrops, the latest incarnation of our OAE TOTs concerts at Southbank Centre and The Anvil, Basingstoke. To those that came: thank you. We had great fun and hope you did too.

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A Concert for all Weathers: ‘Pitter Patter Raindrops’ at Purcell Room

Fri 27 Feb 2015

© Anna D'Emilio

On Saturday 21 February the OAE Education team was back in the Purcell Room for its second set of OAE TOTS concerts of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened.

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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed 17 Dec 2014

The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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The Three Town Tour and more

Fri 14 Nov 2014

And they’re off…

The OAE is going on tour. Not a tour of the glamourous concert halls of mainland Europe or those of our cousins across the pond, but of local, accessible venues such as pubs and leisure centres.

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Watercycle at Southbank Centre

Thu 13 Nov 2014

On Sunday October 19, we set up shop in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for a mammoth day of concerts, all part of our education and outreach programme, Watercycle. Children and families were welcomed by OAE staff armed with stickers, crayons and water-themed colouring pages.

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3 years, 17 cakes, Farewell OAE

Mon 8 Sep 2014

I can’t quite believe it but I am leaving the OAE 3 years to the day after I started.  The past three years at the OAE have been a complete whirlwind with the brilliant, vast and varied projects that we undertake here in the education department and the fantastic concerts that the Orchestra offer.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014

Watercycle

We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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