With the new season fast approaching, we spoke with the OAE staff and players about what they’re most looking forard to…Read More
We’ve had a brief break in our series of audience / orchestra interviews, because we’ve had so much going on elsewhere with the Simon Rattle tour. However we’re catching up now, so here’s an interview with OAE viola player (and Vice Chairman of the Orchestra) Martin Kelly and audience member Ella.Read More
As I write this the OAE is downstairs in Hall 2 of Kings Place where they are in day three of rehearsals with Sir Simon Rattle. Sir Simon is one of the OAE’s closest collaborators and has worked with us almost since the Orchestras inception – his first concert was in 1987, just a year after the Orchestra was founded. Now one of the OAE’s three Principal Artists, (alongside Vladimir Jurowski and Iván Fischer) he works with us on a regular basis, with a tour most seasons. In the rehearsal yesterday we caught up with some OAE players in the break to ask them just what makes him such a special and exciting conductor to work with.
William Norris, Communications Director
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Our December podcast is now out. In this bumper edition we:
Talk to conductor Jonathan Cohen about his New Year’s concerts with us Find out how someone needing the loo led to the Royal Festival Hall opening its doors all day Talk to Duke Dobing from the office team to find out what a Development Director does Hear from violinist Roy Mowatt about his top CD picks Look ahead to our tour with legendary Beethoven interpreter David Zinman
– Staff picks of the new season
– A preview of the REMIX festival
– A profile of OAE Projects Director Ceri Jones
– OAE Viola player and Vice Chairman Martin Kelly picks out some of his favourite recordings.
OAE Podcast October 2010 by OAERead More
Ok, so I miscounted, and we still have four left! We’ll post two today as a special bonus. Here we have Martin Kelly, viola (and OAE Vice-Chairman).Read More
The violas have just had a very jolly lunch. All of us trooped off to “arco-wein”, a delightful restaurant run by two viola players! Needless to say the food was great and very cheap. Nick and Marina in our viola section speak fluent German so conversation flowed very naturally with the owners who were astounded to find the whole section present for lunch. Nick also found out that the owner was the son of someone he played in quartets with many years ago. Small world.
Tonight (Monday 15th) is our second concert. The acoustic of the Konzerthaus
is very different from Brussels and London. It was fascinating to see how Simon turned corners in a different way to take advantage of the more resonant space. I can’t wait to hear how the ‘Cologne Cathedral’ music in the ‘Rhenish’ symphony sounds in this wonderful hall tonight.
Another highlight of the trip for me was going to the Vienna State Opera with Cat and Koggie on our first night here. I had seen the French version of “Don Carlo” in London earlier this year so to see the Italian version which is quite different was a real treat. Again the wonderful Ferruccio Furlenetto was Phillip II and a very strong tenor, Johann Botha, sang the part of Don Carlo. In that fabulous acoustic with an open pit the orchestra were fab, especially the double basses. After playing Schumann so much the Verdi came as a real shock. What powerfully dramatic music. Wonderful stuff. A great evening.
Off to Madrid tomorrow…
Martin Kelly, violaRead More