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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Max Mandel

Viola

“One of the challenges of our art is that it happens over a given period of time and then disappears. That’s one of the reasons it’s so magical”

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Annette Isserlis

Viola

Annette Isserlis studied at the Royal College of Music, where she now teaches historical performance on baroque and classical viola. 

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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Apr 2013

A Viola player using the latest technology to create a musical composition, an artist based in Singapore that can create life-like images with just paint and resin – there’s so much to see here and all so culturally nourishing.  Plus, if you can make it to the bottom, there’s a picture of Haydn in hair curlers.

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Gaffer tape pics – No.14

Wed 2 Jun 2010

Ok, so I miscounted, and we still have four left! We’ll post two today as a special bonus. Here we have Martin Kelly, viola (and OAE Vice-Chairman).

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Gaffer tape pics – No.12

Fri 28 May 2010

Are we stringing this out too much?! There are just two left after this one.
Today’s pic is of Annette Isserlis, viola

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Gaffer tape pics – No.10

Wed 26 May 2010

Today we feature Matthew Truscott, violin and Tom Dunn, viola.

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Gaffer tape pics – No.6

Wed 19 May 2010

Today’s is of Nick Logie, Viola and Anthony Bailey, Clarinet.
Anthony is a participant of the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme

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Gaffer tape pics – No.2

Mon 10 May 2010

Today’s pic is of Jan Schlapp, viola.

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On tour with Sir Simon: Vienna, part 2

Tue 16 Dec 2008

The violas have just had a very jolly lunch. All of us trooped off to “arco-wein”, a delightful restaurant run by two viola players! Needless to say the food was great and very cheap. Nick and Marina in our viola section speak fluent German so conversation flowed very naturally with the owners who were astounded to find the whole section present for lunch. Nick also found out that the owner was the son of someone he played in quartets with many years ago. Small world.

Tonight (Monday 15th) is our second concert. The acoustic of the Konzerthaus

is very different from Brussels and London. It was fascinating to see how Simon turned corners in a different way to take advantage of the more resonant space. I can’t wait to hear how the ‘Cologne Cathedral’ music in the ‘Rhenish’ symphony sounds in this wonderful hall tonight.

Another highlight of the trip for me was going to the Vienna State Opera with Cat and Koggie on our first night here. I had seen the French version of “Don Carlo” in London earlier this year so to see the Italian version which is quite different was a real treat. Again the wonderful Ferruccio Furlenetto was Phillip II and a very strong tenor, Johann Botha, sang the part of Don Carlo. In that fabulous acoustic with an open pit the orchestra were fab, especially the double basses. After playing Schumann so much the Verdi came as a real shock. What powerfully dramatic music. Wonderful stuff. A great evening.

Off to Madrid tomorrow…

Martin Kelly, viola

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