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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016

‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Martin Lawrence

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Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.

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How to make a hosepipe horn

Fri 21 Feb 2014

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OAE Horn player Martin Lawrence demonstrates how to make a working horn, using only a hosepipe and a few bits from around the house.

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OAE Academy

Mon 3 Feb 2014

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The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the OAE and receive ongoing mentoring from OAE musicians.

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

Fri 22 Feb 2013

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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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Day Six: Anthem in Bury

Thu 29 Mar 2012

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The Anthem bloggers have returned to normality, after an amazing tour ended with a sell out concert in York on Tuesday evening.  We’ll be looking back at the tour and the last concerts very soon but for now, Beni Weedon tells us about his day in Bury on Sunday 25 March:

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Crooks, Valves and the 'God of Horns'

Thu 13 Jan 2011

Next week at our Symphonic Enlightenment concert at the Royal Festival Hall, the horns of the OAE take centre stage. Martin Lawrence, from our Horn Section, here explains the difference between Natural and Valve horns, talks about how they are used in the music of Liszt and Wagner and how Mahler wants the best of both worlds…

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New podcast

Thu 14 May 2009

So we decided to dip our toes into the world of podcasts with this trial one, during which you can find out more about the music featured in our concerts with Robin Ticciati next week (20 May at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and 23 May in St George’s Bristol). Let us know what you think!

OAE Podcast No.1

If you are so moved as to book tickets for the concerts you can do so here for London and here for Bristol.

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Escalating Horns

Thu 26 Mar 2009

A couple of weeks ago (sorry, bit of a backlog here on the OAE blog) we had the second of two schools concerts here at Kings Place. The first, the week previous, was unfortunately disrupted by one of our all too frequent fire alarms, which necessitates the evaculation of the whole of Kings Place – thousands of people spilling onto the pavement, but this time with the added complication of over 400 children.

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Spain in Pictures

Fri 19 Dec 2008

Here’s a photogallery from our 2 days in Spain, thanks to Megan for being our resident paparazzi! Yesterday the OAE flew back to the UK for a days break and today they are off to Birmingham for a concert in the fabulous acoustic of Symphony Hall. Then tomorrow they fly to Germany for the final leg of the tour.

Some slightly fuzzzy heads in the OAE office today – we had our office warming and Christmas party last night. Pics to follow soon!

Will, Marketing Director

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