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“Contribution to the whole is shared equally throughout the orchestra”

Thu 16 Feb 2017

If you attend our concert with Sarah Connolly next Monday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll notice there’s a big Orchestra, but no conductor.

Instead, our Leader Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra from the violin.

How does that work? And why are we attempting this musical high wire act? Kati explains.

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Méhul: The First Romantic concert programme

Thu 9 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our Méhul: The First Romantic concert on Friday 10 February at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

If you want info on all the concerts in our 2016-17 Southbank Centre residency in one handy place, we’ve just published our new brochure for next season.

Highlights include the return of Isabelle Faust to perform two of Mozart’s violin concertos, and international opera star Sarah Connolly tackling Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle, Les Nuits d’été. And we’re staging Bach’s mighty Christmas Oratorio over two nights at Cadogan Hall, performing for the first time with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki.

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What’s this? Not more concerts?

Thu 28 Jan 2016

Yes, more concerts. A whole season’s worth.

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The pick of the season: OAE Staff

Thu 1 Oct 2015

With our 2015-2016 Birthday concert season almost upon us, we asked OAE staff to tell us about what concerts they are looking forward to most:

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2015-2016 OAE Brochure online

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Phillip Bainbridge

Our 2015-2016 Southank Brochure now exists in virtual form for you to browse, and includes all events in our 30th Birthday  Southbank Centre season including newly announced OAE TOTS and Insight Morning events.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015

Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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“he’s an extreme violinist”

Mon 24 Nov 2014

In this latest video, shot during rehearsals with violinist Richard Tognetti, Cellist Robin Michael and Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku talk about he’s like to work with.

 

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Playlist: Lord of the Strings

Fri 21 Nov 2014

Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.

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Watercycle at Southbank Centre

Thu 13 Nov 2014

On Sunday October 19, we set up shop in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for a mammoth day of concerts, all part of our education and outreach programme, Watercycle. Children and families were welcomed by OAE staff armed with stickers, crayons and water-themed colouring pages.

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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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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Musicians and Staff pick their season highlights

Tue 7 Oct 2014

With our Southbank Centre season starting this Thursday we asked musicians and staff what OAE concerts in the forthcoming season they’re looking forward to most:

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Our 2014-2015 Brochure revealed

Thu 11 Sep 2014

Well, it’s been a little (actually quite a lot) later in arriving than usual, but we’d like to think it’s been worth the wait. Today we can reveal our brand new brochure for 2014-2015 – with all the details of our season at London’s Southbank Centre and, of course, a fresh new look for the year ahead.

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Steven Devine: Speed Interview

Tue 27 May 2014

OAE

On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?  Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect

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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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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Listen again

Wed 9 Apr 2014

OAE

Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9.  But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing.  So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Audience reactions

Wed 9 Apr 2014

OAE

Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.  Here’s what you had to say about it….

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