Not all offices are the same. I can say that for certain right now, because I’ve just started working in an office which is most definitely not like any of the offices I’ve ever worked in before.
For one thing, I was invited on a night out before I’d even started. Well, ok, not exactly a “Night Out” night out – I wasn’t asked to throw any crazy shapes or to down any shots. But my new co-workers did buy me a drink, and immediately assigned me a task. Amid strains of Mozart and Haydn (Michael Haydn, that is), I set about interviewing audience members on camera. It felt good to be so immediately welcomed, and to be so quickly thrown into the swing of OAE life.
I don’t have as strong a musical background as many of the others in the office. As a small child, I took up the cello (mainly because it rhymed with jello). That was it, though. When I started at university, my interest in playing music waned. However, my interest in the arts grew – In addition to studying English Literature, I worked at the Edvard Grieg Museum and interned for a year at the National Gallery of Ireland. I was particularly drawn to the marketing side of things, and after completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to do an MA in arts administration.
So that’s how I ended up as the new Marketing and Communications Trainee at OAE. As part of my MA, I have to complete a work placement, and OAE was my first choice. For one thing, it came strongly recommended to me by a friend – who promised me a whirlwind of friendly co-workers, lots of responsibility and ‘Friday wine’. For another, I love what they – now ‘we’ – are doing. This is classical music, but without the dust and silence. This is exciting, and welcoming. It’s something I want to be a part of. And so far, I haven’t been disappointed.Read More
Ahead of our concert tonight, violinist Claire Holden makes some suggestions of what to read and listen to.Read More
To celebrate the latest in our Flying the Flag series, we thought we would let you know a few facts about the man of the hour, Antonín Dvořák.Read More
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s homage to Ridley Scott’s classic Hovis advert, featuring horn player Roger Montgomery.Read More
Adam Fischer in rehearsal with the OAE, and talking about why he enjoys playing the music of Dvořák with us.
Hear the performance live at London Royal Festival Hall 4 March more info/ticketsRead More
On Saturday 21 February the OAE Education team was back in the Purcell Room for its second set of OAE TOTS concerts of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened.Read More
His times: Beethoven might have died six years before Brahms was born, but in a musical sense the former composer still dominated the landscape of the German-speaking world and beyond – and got inside Brahms’s head to quite a remarkable degree.Read More
His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.Read More
With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.Read More
Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.Read More
The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.Read More
The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.Read More
His Times Mysliveček followed the standard 18th-century route into composing, starting in the church and ending in the theatre. This was a time when composers were itinerant and needed aristocratic patronage: Mysliveček got support from Count Vincenz von Waldstein and traveled to Rome in 1763 to learn his operatic craft with his schooling as a church violinist (and his previous life as an apprentice miller) behind him.Read More
We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).
The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.Read More
Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.Read More
The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.Read More
Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.Read More
This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…Read More
His times: Russia and Russian music were alive with nationalism in the mid 1800s when Tchaikovsky was born in a small town in present-day Udmurtia. But while Tchaikovsky’s music irrefutably grew from Russian soil – and often sounds like it too – the composer wasn’t interested in traditional notions of musical nationalism.Read More
Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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