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Thu 3 Oct 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Mendelssohn Elijah

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Christian Immler baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Mendelssohn’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

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Further reading: Julia Kuhn

Fri 31 May 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our violinist Julia Kuhn wrote about our States of Independence concert on Friday 31 May 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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‘5 ways to live the good life’, with Edward Elgar

Thu 23 May 2019

If the famous English composer Edward Elgar had decided to take a back-seat in the music world, we think he could’ve written a very popular self-help book.

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Entering a World of Magic

Thu 25 Apr 2019

I was lucky on my very first day of work at the OAE to go on a ‘field-trip’ to watch a TOTS rehearsal for a brilliantly adapted production of The Magic Flute.

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Getting to grips with G&S

Tue 16 Apr 2019

This week’s Trial by Jury is our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s not something period instrument orchestras such as ourselves are really known for doing. So how did we approach it? Leader Margaret Faultless discusses her meeting with conductor John Wilson.

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2019-20: Salvation and Damnation

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Today tickets go on sale for our new season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Salvation and Damnation. Why?

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Love and Duty programme

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Here’s the programme for our Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená, concert at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 4 February 2019. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Concerts for 2 to 5 year olds in 2019

Wed 2 Jan 2019

We’ve just announced The Worlds Around Us, our new Southbank Centre series of OAE TOTS, our concerts introducing children age 2 to 5 to the magic of classical music.

This year we’re exploring the weird and wonderful world around us.

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The Corridors of Power programme

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Here’s the programme for our The Corridors of Power concert on Tuesday 27 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Marin and Nicola join our pre-concert talk

Fri 2 Feb 2018

If you’re coming to our concert with Marin Alsop and Nicola Benedetti at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Sunday, get there early for the pre-concert talk at 6pm.

We’re delighted both Marin and Nicola have agreed to join us for the discussion alongside our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk.

The talk is free in the Clore Ballroom from 6pm to 6.30pm.

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What does it mean to be free?

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Today we’re announcing the concerts in our 2018/19 season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and it’s the second in our Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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Take a peek at our 2017-18 brochure

Tue 18 Jul 2017

It’s high summer. You might think it’s a quiet time for an orchestra. But not for us. Amidst our Glyndebourne, BBC Proms and The Night Shift performances, it’s also when we like to reveal our ‘look’ for our forthcoming Southbank Centre season.

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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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