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Bach Goes to Prague

Wed 31 May 2017

This week Emily and Alex from our Development team took a bunch of OAE Patrons, some of the Orchestra’s most loyal supporters, to Prague. They discovered castles, stag dos, and a little bit of Bach. Emily tells the story:

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Rameau Anacréon (1754)

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On the surface it’s a charming tale of young love. But hidden beneath the love-triangle plot lie subversive messages that Dan Brown would be proud of. What can it all mean? And will love prevail?

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Your programmes last night…

Fri 10 Oct 2014

OAE Programme

As anyone who was at our concert last night will know, we had a slight mishap in that our programmes didn’t turn up…

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Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion to feature Baroque dance

Mon 8 Sep 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that our season opening concert on 9 October of one-act operas by Rameau is to feature Baroque choreography.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014

Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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Rameau’s Zaïs – Audience reactions

Mon 28 Apr 2014


Last night saw the UK premiere of Rameau’s Zaïs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, conducted by Jonathan Williams.  Here’s what you had to say about it…

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Rameau’s Zaïs

Sun 27 Apr 2014

We catch up with conductor Jonathan Williams, as he and the cast prepare for the UK premiere of ‘Rameau’s Zaïs’ at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sunday 27 April.

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7 Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About Rameau

Tue 22 Apr 2014

In preparation for the UK debut of Rameau’s Zaïs, here are 7 things you (probably) didn’t know about composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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Got hole punches? Win Zaïs prizes

Fri 4 Apr 2014


With our performance of Rameau’s opera Zaïs now just a few weeks away we’re about to send out the postcards to just about anyone who might be interested. This though, is a mailing with a difference…

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Zaïs – Cast your votes!

Wed 26 Feb 2014


On 27 April we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, with a British premiere of one of his most powerful operas – Zaïs.

We need an eye-catching image to go with the concert but which one is best? We’ve narrowed it down to our four favourite designs and now we need your help.

Each of the designs is based on the opera’s overture, which depicts the four elements emerging out of chaos.  You can also see that in two of the designs this is taken a step further with Fire, Earth, Air and Water each represented by a colour.

Vote for the image you like best at the bottom of the page. Voting closes Monday 3 March at 9.30am

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014


With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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Last night’s encores…

Tue 1 Oct 2013

Anyone who was at the Royal Festival Hall last night for our season opening concert with William Christie and Sandrine Piau will know that we had a bumper number of encores for you – four in total! So here’s what they were:

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Monday nights are about ironing, housework and working late. Right? Wrong.

Thu 26 Sep 2013

If your typical Monday night contains ANY of the things in the video above then we can help you.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013

Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Handel and Rameau

Fri 9 Aug 2013

On 30 September our new season kicks off with a musical explosion that brings William Christie to the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by the critically acclaimed soprano Sandrine Piau.  Many of you will already be familiar with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, but here’s some facts you may not know about the music and composers featured in the event.

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Going on a Journey

Tue 2 Jul 2013

Thanks to everyone who came along to TOTs on Saturday, we had a great time and very much enjoyed taking you on our musical tour of Europe.  Below you’ll find a full list of the music included in the concert.  See you next time!

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Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764)



The Man
Rameau was secretive about the first half of his life: it seems that he never imparted any detail of it to his friends or even to his wife. We know he was born in a family of musicians, that his father was his first teacher and that he worked as an organist in some churches, including the one in the Jesuit College where Voltaire was a pupil – a few years later he became the librettist of some of Rameau’s operas.

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French Exchange: Audience Reactions

Wed 12 Dec 2012

After last month’s performance of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: French Exchange at Southbank Centre, we spoke with some audience members to find out what they thought of the concert. 

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Feisty Females: Part 4

Fri 2 Nov 2012

Our guide to female opera characters returns, with a look at Phaedra…
The fabulous Sarah Connolly will be taking on the role next Thursday at our next Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie.

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