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Sat 4 Jun 2016

Royal Festival Hall, London

Breaking the Rules: Photographing the OAE

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Photographer Eric Richmond has been taking photos of the OAE for the last 21 years and for the first time is bringing his body of work together for an exhibition in the Royal Festival Hall main foyer.

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Tue 7 Jun 2016

Royal Festival Hall, London

Der Freischütz

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Weber Der Freischütz (semi-dramatised performance)

Sir Mark Elder conductor
David Pountney text and translation
Wyn Pencarreg Kuno
Rachel Willis-Sørenson Agathe
Sarah Tynan Annchen
Simon Bailey Kaspar
Christopher Ventris Max
Sir John Tomlinson Hermit / Samiel / narrator
Marcus Farnsworth Kilian
William Dazeley Ottokar
London Philharmonic Choir

Our birthday celebrations reach a climax with this concert performance of Weber’s opera Der Freischütz (The Marksman) – a fusion of folklore, rusticism and magic.

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Tue 31 May 2016

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building)

The Night Shift – May 2016

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In case you missed it, The Night Shift is now a monthly affair, rotating between pubs and venues in North, East and South London.

The CLF Art Cafe, (aka Bussey Building) is the creative heart of South London.

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Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)



His times: Weber’s Germany was shaped by war and upheavals both social and intellectual. In that context, Weber had to chart a careful course between the demands of emerging middle class audiences, existing aristocratic patrons and influential musical theorists. One result of that was the composer’s quest to educate the former by including vernacular styles including waltzes and folksongs in his music.

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Dan Bates



Dan was first invited to play with the OAE for a European tour with Simon Rattle performing Mozart Symphonies.

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30th Birthday OAE Tote Bag

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Specially produced for our forthcoming 30th Birthday Season, this heavy-duty OAE tote bag is perfect for transporting celebratory birthday champagne*.

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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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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016


‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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Performing new music: we explain all

Wed 27 Apr 2016

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

“The orchestra’s chief artistic mission is to make old music new. For the OAE, the importance of being involved with contemporary music has over the years become obvious and vital.”

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Tour diary – London to Paris

Fri 22 Apr 2016


This week we’re on tour in France and Belgium with our Bruckner programme conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Although it’s one of our easiest trips in terms of travel and visa arrangements, it’s also one of the largest orchestras we’ve ever taken overseas. On my first tour, I was interested to find out just how you get an 80-piece orchestra, invaluable period instruments, and one of the world’s leading conductors around Europe.

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Irish flutes in Bruckner?

Wed 20 Apr 2016


Lisa Beznosiuk shows us the flute she is playing in Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.

Hear it this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall, London:

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner

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Philip Dale on the trombone in Bruckner

Wed 20 Apr 2016


Bruckner trombone? Beethoven trombone? Philip Dale takes us through the differences between the two and which one he’ll be choosing to play in Bruckner’s six symphony on Friday 22 April 2016.

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C.P.E Bach



His Times: Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach is the full name of the second surviving son of one of history’s most influential composers: Johannes Sebastian Bach

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In depth: Sarah Connolly on Mahler

Thu 14 Apr 2016


“Life changing. Depth and colours and beauty and horror.”

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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016


‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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Watercycle on the RPS shortlist

Tue 5 Apr 2016


We’re really chuffed that our Watercycle project has been shortlisted for a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in the Learning & Participation Category.

Part of the OAE Education programme, it involved three-day residencies in nine towns and cities around the country, before a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2016.

As well as training and workshops for teachers and musicians, residencies included schools concerts, community concerts and performances in unusual places. We even played Vivaldi on a ferry!

We’ll find out if we’ve won at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 10 May. Then hear all about it on a special programme on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 11 May at 7.30pm.

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The horns in Mahler’s Second Symphony

Wed 23 Mar 2016

Roger Montgomery, Horn

“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”

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Why I love Mahler’s Second Symphony

Thu 17 Mar 2016

Genevieve Arkle

“Mahler wears his heart on his sleeve and certainly intends to let the world know it”.

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Max Mandel



“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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Vladimir Jurowski on Mahler

Mon 14 Mar 2016

Jurowski on Mahler

OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.

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