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‘A Day in the Life’ with OAE Orchestra Manager Philippa Brownsword

Tue 16 Sep 2014

This didn’t look like the hardest assignment I’d ever been given – write an amusing piece about a typical day on tour with the OAE. 

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Rattle tour – Megan's pics

Mon 4 Jul 2011

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

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:

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Our intrepid van…

Mon 14 Feb 2011

As mentioned below, last week saw our Orchestra Manager Philippa travelling the country with our little van. Here are some pics of it, we think she got quite attached to it over the tour! Tomorrow we’ll be posting up Ceri Jones’ Green Diary, documenting her ecologically friendly week.

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One down, three to go!

Wed 9 Feb 2011

Last night saw the first of our From a dream to revolution concerts, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It kicked off our green tour, and also saw our very first live stream take place (let us know what you thought if you saw it). The concert got a great reception from a sold out hall, and today sees a slightly tired team back in the office, and the Orchestra speeding up to the Lake District on the train for tonight’s concert in Keswick. Up in Keswick David Zinman is replaced by Eduardo Portal, who some of you may remember was our Melgaard Young Conductor last season.

Below are some pictures from last night, plus Orchestra Manager Philippa with our hired in transit van. Usually, for players with large instruments, it’s up to them to get their instruments to the venue (oviosuly we do transport them for them when we tour overseas!), resulting in many cars being driven to Bristol, Birmingham or wherever it may be. As a small Orchestra we don’t have the luxury of a big truck like the symphony orchestras do! But this time, to save carbon emissions, we’re putting all the large instruments in one van, which Philippa is (at this very moment) driving up to the Lake District. We did joke about buying her some pink fluffy dice to go with her transit van…

Next stop: Sheffield

William Norris, Communications Director

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New Year review round-up

Thu 6 Jan 2011

New Years Eve and New Years Day saw us performing at our King Place Headquarters to packed halls for an all-Mozart programme. The 1 Jan performance was broadcast live by BBC radio 3 and kicked off their Mozart marathon – you can still listen to it here and here (two separate parts) for another 2 days.

The reviews are now in – links below, and our Orchestra Manager Philippa snapped the Orchestra in rehearsal.

Guardian

Financial Times

Independent (surely the wrong star rating?!)

Independent on Sunday

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My day as Philippa's legs

Mon 15 Feb 2010

OAE office mid morning Friday 29 January. Orchestra Manager arrives with a sprained ankle and a packet of frozen peas. Oh dear. Having been ordered to follow my GCSE P.E. anatomy and physiology advice of R.I.C.E. (that’s Rest, Ice, compression and Elevation) I quickly established that I would be acting as both Ceri Jones Projects Manager and the legs of Philippa Brownsword Orchestra Manager at the Roundhouse today… Given the general buzz and excitement of the event at the Roundhouse there was no way Philippa was going to go home and rest!  We all wanted to be part of it.

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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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Canaries architecture

Thu 19 Feb 2009

Our Orchestra Manager, Philippa Brownsword, captured some of the spactacular architecture of the Auditorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife whilst we were there the other week.

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Twin cities: ice sculptures, Bach and Biggles

Mon 26 Jan 2009

Today it’s official – this is the coldest place in the USA at -20C.

On Thursday we shared a concert with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, at Temple Israel in Minneapolis. We played Mozart, CPE Bach and Haydn in the first half and then they played a Shostakovich chamber symphony. Afterwards our hosts held a reception for us at Stella’s Fish Cafe where we were given a wonderful buffet meal and a real welcome. We presented them with a signed poster and a copy of the OAE’s 21st birthday book – it’s the SPCO’s 50th anniversary this year so we are still adolescent by comparison!

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Twin cities update

Fri 23 Jan 2009

We’ve been here for four days now, and are finding our way around.  It is not as cold as it was the previous week, so the large amount of clothing that we all brought with us has been sitting in our wardrobes.  However, it is forecast to be much colder this weekend, so maybe I will be able to treat you to my impression of the Michelin Man soon.

We’ve been rehearsing with Rachel Podger at the St Pauls’ Chamber Orchestra Center, which is inside a beautiful 1920s building a couple of blocks from the hotel.  It also contains an old fashioned post office, a mens’ outfitters and a pet shop!

Yesterday we spent a day rehearsing at Wooddale Church.  The audiences at American churches seem to be about as big as the ones we get for concerts, judging by the size of the car park!  The church is well outside the city, in the middle of a lovely snowy landscape and a freeway system.  I went out walking and saw a large hawk in a tree, and very little else.  Here are some pictures.

Today we give our first concert, in Minneapolis.  I’ll report on this tomorrow.

Philippa Brownsword, Orchestra Manager

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Twin cities update

Thu 22 Jan 2009

Our blogger Ceri Jones is now back from the twin cities, and the players who were there for the Heiner Goebbels piece have been joined by the rest of the OAE, and our Orchestra Manager Philippa Brownsword, who is taking over blogging duties. We’ll be posting about the actual performances of the Heiner Goebbels piece soon, and a post from Philippa is on its way very shortly.

Will, Marketing Director

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