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The pick of the season: OAE Staff

Thu Oct 1 2015

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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:

Development Director Emily Stubbs selects:

Royal Festival Hall, 12 April 2016

I’m really looking forward to the Mahler 2 concert.  I love his work but have never heard any of his pieces on the instruments for which they were written so I am hoping it will be a revelation in terms of the sound the orchestra produces.  It is always a treat to hear Sarah Connolly and I think the combination of her and Adriana with Vladimir and the orchestra will make for a really exciting evening.
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Projects Manager Laura Sheldon selects:

Bach’s Double, Bach’s Single
St John’s Smith Square, 24 November 2016

Because all our leaders are going to be playing together and I think it will be joyous!
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Education Office Louise Malijenovsky selects:

Baroque TOTS
Royal Festival Hall, 27 February 2016

Because this is a new setting where orchestra and audience will be seating on the RFH stage (quite astounding!) to explore the baroque era (the essence & speciality of the OAE) through an interactive concert. An amusing way of learning about instruments and baroque music on a Sunday morning!
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Compulsive lyres and fowl play
Royal Festival Hall, 14 February 2016

I’m looking forward to hearing the OAE play Haydn Symphony No 83 in G minor La Poule because it is such an unmissable piece (a classical music hit really!) and an entertaining way to spend Valentine’s day, alone or accompanied.
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Development Officer Jo Harvey selects:

Royal Festival Hall, 12 April 2016

Mahler 2!
While Handel, Vivaldi, Mozart and other composers frequently performed by the OAE all sound captivating on period instruments, I think it will be really fascinating to hear Mahler as it would have sounded when premiered. With Mahler – especially with the scale of the Second Symphony – it is all too easy to rely on the volume of sound to impress audiences. However, with period instruments, I have no doubt the OAE will bring a unique intensity that can sometimes otherwise be missing in modern performances.
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Finance Officer Daniel da Silva selects:

30th Birthday Gala Concert: Der Freischütz
Royal Festival Hall, 7 June 2016
Der Freischütz. Do you remember the last time it was sung in London? Exactly.
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Outgoing Communications and Creative Programming Director William Norris selects:

Rattle’s Bruckner
Royal Festival Hall Friday 22 April 2016
If anything were to draw me back across the Atlantic for a concert and a weekend in London it would be this (with Mahler 2 a close second). I’ve always wanted to hear the OAE play Bruckner (of course, it happens after I leave). Why? Well on a modern orchestra it can sometimes feel a bit heavy handed and dense, a little bit like wading through mud. But I reckon the period instruments of the OAE are really going to make a huge difference and give it a lightness and vibrancy that is often missing. Can’t wait.
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