OAE Projects Manager Megan Russell is a keen photographer and took some great pictures from the Luxembourg and Paris legs of the tour – here are a selection:Read More
‘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?).Read More
So, after reading all about the OAE’s last week in Europe it was now my turn to join the tour for the last few days. Once again the orchestra found themselves on a charter plane, this time to Karlsruhe from Stanstead airport. Having the charter plane was a sheer delight with a very smooth check-in and no other passengers within a mile of our boarding gate! (The rest of Stanstead was chaos!). The Christmas turkey meal we were served on the plane was not so much of sheer delight, but filled a growling tummy all the same!
After a short transfer to our hotels, in Baden-Baden an hour to check-in and rest (?!), we were picked up and taken to the Festspielhaus for the rehearsal & concert.
It was dark by now, so didn’t get to see much of Baden-Baden ( so good they named it twice? Sorry had to get that in somewhere….) en route to the concert hall, apart from lots of white Christmas trees!