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OAE at the Austrian Embassy

Mon 16 Mar 2009

I am new to the OAE and have been planning to write on this blog for some time now. I have had a wonderful time with the OAE so far and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many new people from players to audience members.

Recently I have been focusing on our Haydn Series and have been busy preparing for a Haydn event which took place last week at the Austrian Embassy. The event was a huge success and we were delighted with the beautiful surroundings and welcoming hostess – the Austrian Ambassador. There was great buzz all night with everyone appearing to enjoy the food, wine and beautiful music. We were really pleased that so many people at this event were completely new to the OAE– it was a fantastic way to introduce new people to the Orchestra. We have had a very positive response from many who attended and I am looking forward to start planning our next one! There are a few pics below of the beautiful Embassy building.

Claire Lenyk, Development Manager

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Haydn in Oxford: Times review

Fri 13 Mar 2009

Click here for a more ‘official’ review from The Times.

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Haydn in Oxford: audience review

Fri 13 Mar 2009

An audience members review from our concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 10 March:

I am not really qualified to pass comment on the performance of the OAE as I am a very amateur musician (I pay to be allowed to play the trumpet and as far as my wife is concerned, the best present she ever gave to me was a practice mute), however, I was at the concert so here goes……

A few gripes first:

My seat had been sold to someone else as well as me! The other person let me have the seat (thank you) and was then re-seated in a much better position (a just reward).

The QEH was a bit on the warm side.

The stage was very squeaky under the foot of one of the soloists as she stood up to play.

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