It has to be admitted we’re very bad at posting our archived pre-concert talks! We promise to be better in future.Read More
If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.Read More
Back in May we revived Sally Beamish’s piece Spinal Chords, which we had premiered as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In this pre-concert event Sally talks to Nicola Christie about reviving her composition two years on from its first performances and the works’ genesis.Read More
Well we must admit we have been rather remiss in getting our pre and post concert talks up online this year. Apologies, but we’re now doing our best to catch up and post remaining talks we have on file up here.Read More
This Sunday we’re in York for the Early Music Festival at the National Centre for Early Music. Directing the programme is OAE Leader Kati Debretzeni – and of this podcast she talks about the programme that the Orchestra has put together for the festivalRead More
In this podcast, Sir Mark Elder gives an introduction to our performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, which took place at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, 15 December 2013.Read More
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.Read More
In this episode of Southbank Centre’s Insiders podcast, Ben Eshmade chats to our musicians about how the OAE started (in a surprising place!), to conductor Marin Alsop on why she enjoys working with the Orchestra and to our lovely office staff about their highlights for the season.
It’s your chance to get under the skin of the OAE – so have a listen!
You can subscribe to the Southbank Centre podcasts on iTunes here
Here’s our brand-new podcast dedicated to our new concert series for 2012-2013: Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers, which starts this Sunday at the Royal Festival Hall.Read More
Another OAE Extras event from the vault. In this event, recorded back on 21 November 2011, David Vickers, from the Royal Northern College of Music talks about the little-known composers Abel and Arne, and asks why we don’t know more about them.Read More
Here’s the latest of our pre-concert events to go online, from back in February this year. In it, our Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku talks to composer Sally Beamish (pictured) about her new commission for the OAE, Spinal Chords, set to text by Melanie Reid, which was performed that evening.
Don’t forget that you can listen to Spinal Chords on the BBC Iplayer until Saturday evening – 30 minutes into the programme.
Spinal Chords is part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music 20×12 commissions, and part of the London 2012 Festival.Read More
It’s time for the latest packed edition of the OAE podcast, this time with added snazzy intro music. In this edition we speak to Sir Mark Elder about Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, chat with Laurence Cummings about Bach, talk to composer Sally Beamish and writer Melanie Reid about Spinal Chords, a new piece for the OAE as part of the London 2012 celebrations, plus there’s a chat with OAE Digital Content Officer Zen Grisdale about his role at the OAE (including how he like his tea…) and lastly we talk on the phone to Double Bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer about her top CD picks. Phew!
The podcast can be streamed or downloaded below and will also be available on itunes from tormorrow.
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Here’s the latest of our OAE Extras events to go online, a pre-concert talk from back in September in which OAE Chief Executive and Mendelssohn enthusiast Stephen Carpenter talked about the composer and his Scottish Symphony.Read More
Back in May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall we performed a concert dedicated to Sir Charles Mackerras – who had worked with us almost since the Orchestras foundation and in latter years had been one of our Emeritus Conductors. At the pre-concert talk writer and journalist David Nice talked to OAE players about Sir Charles, and we’re happy that this pre-concert talk is now available to listen to online for those that couldn’t make it to the talk:Read More
Here’s our brand-new podcast for November. As ever, it’s a packed edition. First off we speak to regular OAE collaborator, violinist Rachel Podger, about her upcoming project with us – 1700s London and the Fab Four, a concert featuring music from Haydn, Abel, Arne and JC Bach that you can hear in both London and Bradford-on-Avon. Then we catch up with Education Director Cherry Forbes backstage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where we find out more about her role and what the OAE Education team gets up to. Next up is OAE Co-Principal Keyboard player Steven Devine who tells us about his favourite recordings, including a VERY unusual version of Handel’s Messiah (hear a more conventional one from us on 6 Dec at the Royal Festival Hall!). Lastlywe take a look back to September, when Robert Levin joined us to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 – in a special interview he tells us about the piece and his approach to it. Happy listening!
The podcast will soon also be available on itunes.Read More
Our run of Rinaldo at Glyndebourne is now drawing to a close, with just three performances left (tonight, Saturday 20th and Monday 22nd). If you’re lucky though you might just get a return, or be able to get a seat for the semi-staged performance of it at the BBC proms at the Royal Albert Hall next Thursday. Glyndebourne have a put together a series of podcasts for their operas this summer, and you can listen to them, including one on Rinaldo here.
The production has split opinion, to say the least… If you’ve seen it you can add your pennies-worth over on the Glyndebourne website here.Read More
We have a brand new podcast just out – in a jam-packed edition we talk to OAE Leader Alison Bury about our upcoming A celebration of Handel concert, take the train down to Glyndebourne to get Principal Oboe Anthony Robson’s top CD picks and then come back to London to find out what a day in the life of an Orchestra Chief Executive is like, when we talk to OAE boss Stephen Carpenter. Lastly, with our 25th Anniversary approaching in June, Helen Wallace (who wrote our 21st anniversary book, Spirit of the Orchestra) talks about the origins and history of the OAE. Happy listening!Read More
Here’s the latest in our series of pre-concert talks which we’re making available as podcasts. In this talk from our Baroque. Contrasted. Festival, Tom Irvine, a music historian from the University of Southampton, talks about Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and Purcell’s Fairy Queen.Read More
As ever, we caught up with some of the audience after Wednesday’s Night Shift performance to find out what people made of it – here’s what you said:Read More
We’re looking forward to our next Night Shift event on Wednesday (4 May), and ahead of it we’ve just released our latest podcast. In it we feature an in-depth interview with star pianist Artur Pizarro, talk to OAE violinist and Leader Alison Bury about what it’s like playing at The Night Shift, plus we look ahead to our June event in Shoreditch. First though we start off hearing from you, with audience reaction to our last event.
The Night Shift returns on Wednesday 4 May
The podcast will also shortly be available on itunes, just search for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment