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Fri 24 Oct 2014

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven

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Berlioz Overture, Beatrice and Benedict Onslow Symphony No 1 in A (1831) Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat, Eroica François-Xavier Roth conductor

Beethoven’s electrifying Eroica Symphony concludes this concert, the second in our Flying the Flag series.

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David Kempster talks about Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

Thu 23 Oct 2014


‘He finds out that Pauline is now shacked up with a new guy, and he’s not happy about that’

Baritone David Kempster sings the part of Sévère in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November. He chatted to us about the character of Sévère, and some of the joys and difficulties of performing Donizetti.

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The Onslow Affair

Wed 22 Oct 2014


Ahead of our concert, Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven, an anecdote from the life of the French Beethoven himself, George Onlsow: 

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven

Tue 21 Oct 2014

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Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…

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Live near Basingstoke? Join us for a special open rehearsal & drinks reception

Tue 21 Oct 2014


We’re excited to be starting our second season as the Anvil Basingstoke’s Orchestra in Association this Friday and to celebrate we are inviting local OAE fans to a special open rehearsal and drinks reception.

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Really sad music

Mon 20 Oct 2014


This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.

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Fri 17 Oct 2014


The OAE Office’s resident opera fan takes you through some 18th century opera house gossip.

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Playlist: The French Beethoven

Wed 15 Oct 2014


So George Onslow was known as ‘the French Beethoven’, but what does that mean? What does he sound like?

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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about George Onslow

Tue 14 Oct 2014

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George Onslow (the ‘French Beethoven’) was famous during his lifetime, but is relatively unknown to modern audiences. As we lead up to our performance of his first symphony, here are seven things you (probably) didn’t know about him:

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Current Distractions

Fri 10 Oct 2014


This is really cool.

We all know women can multitask, but singing two notes at once is a serious achievement.

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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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Cast and director announced for Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Wed 8 Oct 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce the cast and director for our November performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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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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Something to do this weekend

Thu 2 Oct 2014


It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.

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New season: Lisa Beznosiuk’s highlights

Mon 22 Sep 2014


Our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, tell us what she’s most looking forward to in our new season of concerts, which starts on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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‘A Day in the Life’ with OAE Orchestra Manager Philippa Brownsword

Tue 16 Sep 2014


This didn’t look like the hardest assignment I’d ever been given – write an amusing piece about a typical day on tour with the OAE. 

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Current Distractions

Sat 13 Sep 2014

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Politics, prizes and photoshop – what’s happening in the arts this week.

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Offenbach, Fantasio CD

Offenbach, Fantasio CD
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Opera Rara breathe new life into another unaccountably neglected score, Jacques Offenbach’s Fantasio, with a new studio recording featuring a magnificent cast including Sarah Connolly, Brenda Rae, Victoria Simmonds, Russell Braun, Brindley Sherratt, Neal Davies, and Robert Murray, supported by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the wonderful Sir Mark Elder.


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Our 2014-2015 Brochure revealed

Thu 11 Sep 2014

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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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