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Tue 30 Aug 2016

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building)

The Night Shift – August 2016

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We’re back in south London’s creative heart, the Bussey Building in Peckham.  

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Sun 4 Sep 2016

Royal Albert Hall

Prom 68: Rossini – Semiramide

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Rossini Semiramide

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Albina Shagimuratova Semiramide
Daniela Barcellona Arsace
Ildebrando d'Arcangelo Assur
Levy Strauss Segkapane Idreno
Gianluca Buratto Oroe
Susana Gaspar Azema
David Butt Philip Mitrane
James Platt Nino's Ghost
Opera Rara Chorus

Sir Mark Elder conducts Rossini’s operatic tragedy, which pushes singers to the limits of expression in recounting the story of Semiramide, Queen of Babylon, and her entrapment in a web of incest and revenge at the behest of her long-lost son.

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Wed 24 Aug 2016


Le nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro)

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Mozart Le nozze di Figaro

Jonathan Cohen Conductor
Matthew Truscott Leader

One wedding, numerous schemes, and shedloads of treachery, all in a single day of madness.

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 2

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Hayley’s tour diary pt 1

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

OAE Experience bassoon Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Tue 26 July – The Night Shift live on YouTube

Mon 25 Jul 2016


Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:

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Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.

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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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Back on the road

Mon 11 Jul 2016

Lowestoft care home

We’re very pleased that, with help from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, we’re going back on tour in England in 2017 with a new series called Musical Landscapes.

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016


“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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John Elliot introduces a rarely seen instrument – the Ophicleide, and talks about its role in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

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With its very long neck and large size, the theorbo is easy to spot in any ensemble.

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John Butt



“What makes the OAE so special?” Principal artist John Butt tells us.

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Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Double Bass


Cecelia was always set on being a flautist when she was growing up, and at age 11 she was offered a place at the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016


We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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Watercycle – the charity single

Tue 21 Jun 2016


We’ve just released what we think may be the world’s first charity single recorded on 17th century instruments.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

Katharine Spreckelsen

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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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016


‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Beverley: The Age Old Story

Fri 27 May 2016


OAE Education Director and oboe player, Cherry Forbes, updates us on what’s happening up in Yorkshire. 

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21 years of photographing the OAE

Thu 12 May 2016

Eric Richmond

When I was first commissioned by the OAE I never dreamed that it would turn into a marriage of such long duration. The length and breadth of the collaboration has lasted over twenty years now, and long may it continue! It has afforded me the opportunity to get to know many of the players, which as time passes allows for an intimacy and a trust that is very rare in photography, a profession that, like the proverbial shark, requires constant forward movement.

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