Corelli Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 11 in B flat
Vivaldi Concerto for Violoncello da Spalla
Bach Concerto for Two Violins
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G
Vivaldi La follia
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 6 in B flat
Sigiswald Kuijken director/violoncello da spalla
Alison Bury violin
Margaret Faultless violin
Makoto Akatsu violoncello da spalla
François Fernandez violoncello da spalla
As part of our series looking at turning points in the history of classical music this concert features two of Bach’s masterpieces, his Double Violin Concerto and Brandenburg Concerto No 3. However, the real game changer on the programme is the rare chance to hear a concerto for the now ‘extinct’ violoncello da spalla (essentially a cello played under the chin), a recently rediscovered piece which lay forgotten until 2004.
This includes post-concert reception with Sir Simon Rattle and other leading artists; a programme of the evening signed by Sir Simon Rattle and other members of the Orchestra; an invitation to the final rehearsal of The Creation; two top-price tickets to the concert; invitations to a pre-concert reception and interval drinks; a programme credit; ticket booking through the OAE Development team for the concert.Read More
This includes the opportunity to go backstage post-concert and meet players; pre-concert reception and interval drinks; two tickets to the Royal Festival Hall for the concert; a programme credit; ticket booking through the OAE Development team for the concertRead More
This includes one ticket to the Royal Festival Hall for the concert; ticket booking through OAE Development team for the concert and a programme creditRead More
This includes one ticket to the Royal Festival Hall for the concert; invitation to a pre-concert reception and interval drinks; ticket booking through OAE Development team for the concert; programme creditRead More
We’re excited to announce a very limited 3 day flash sale event – allowing you to purchase best available bargain tickets for our next The Works event for just £10.*Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions – street art, a dressed up dad, a matchstick Hogwarts, mind music, a lady singing in a lake and much, much more.
Actually, no, that’s pretty much everything.Read More
The past month at the OAE has been filled with various animal-related hilarity, involving two of my favourite education events so far; OAE TOTS Animal Time, and the Carnival of the Animals family concert.Read More
On 20 February, we performed with Katia and Marielle Labèque in a programme featuring Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy and Ibert. We’ve heard your thoughts so now it’s time to look at what the press had to say…Read More
There were steady tortoises, speeding fingers and even cops and robbers. But what did you have to say about our recent concert with Katia and Marielle Labèque…Read More
On 27 April we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, with a British premiere of one of his most powerful operas – Zaïs.
We need an eye-catching image to go with the concert but which one is best? We’ve narrowed it down to our four favourite designs and now we need your help.
Each of the designs is based on the opera’s overture, which depicts the four elements emerging out of chaos. You can also see that in two of the designs this is taken a step further with Fire, Earth, Air and Water each represented by a colour.
Vote for the image you like best at the bottom of the page. Voting closes Monday 3 March at 9.30am
Over the last couple of days, we’ve joined up with the Labèque sisters in Reading and London for French Fancies, two concerts featuring Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Here’s what you had to say about the performances…
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We were delighted to be joined by conductor Eduardo Portal for our performances of Ibert’s Divertissement this week. Eduardo is a former participant in our Melgaard Young Conductor scheme so we were delighted to welcome him ‘home’. In case you didn’t receive a slip in your programme at last night’s concert we have posted Eduardo’s biography below.Read More
OAE Horn player Martin Lawrence demonstrates how to make a working horn, using only a hosepipe and a few bits from around the house.Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions, clothes swapping and inter-species collaborative art.Read More
Katia and Marielle Labèque join us tonight for a concert of Saint-Saëns and Ravel at The Hexgaon in Reading, then tomorrow we’re at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall for Fancy That!, our family concert at 11.30am and French Fancies at 7pm. They took time out from rehearsals to give us a taste of what we can expect.
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His times: In his lifetime, and for many years thereafter, Saint-Saëns was viewed as an upholder of tradition – an arch-conservative with an intense interest in music of the past (much of which, including Bach, he revived for the first time in France). In truth Saint-Saëns was a progressive man, who proved instrumental in dragging the French musical establishment forward: away from the light opera it was so obsessed with and onto song and chamber music. But as a world-famous musician in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Saint-Saëns wrote across the board: operas, concertos, symphonies and instrumental, vocal and chamber music.Read More
Public booking for our 2014-2015 season of concerts at Southbank Centre is now open.Read More
Armed with camera phone, Double Bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE brings you a behind the scenes look at the latest OAE tour…Read More
As couples all over the world exchange heart-shaped chocolate boxes and cuddle up to grey sad-eyed teddy bears, we thought we’d get in on the action. So, here are some very un-romantic classical tunes, as voted for by the OAE Office. Love you lots X X XRead More