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Sun 17 Dec 2017

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Darzu ist erschienen (For this the Son of God appeared)

Steven Devine director
Helen Charlston alto
James Way tenor
Edward Grint bass
Professor Tara Shears guest scientist

Antimatter Matters

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Sat 6 Jan 2018

Kings Place

In the beginning… The Creation

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Haydn The Creation

Ádám Fischer conductor
Charlotte Beament soprano
James Way tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

Make Haydn’s Creation your first concert of 2018 with this intimate New Year performance at Kings Place. 

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Fri 15 Dec 2017

Shanghai Concert Hall

Der Rosenkavalier

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Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (salon score)

Thomas Kemp conductor

A night at the cinema.

We’re going to the cinema with a historically-informed recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in 1926.

Enjoy the big screen adaptation of Richard Strauss’ great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, accompanied by a live orchestra playing the music Strauss himself wrote to accompany the film.

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Bach, Christmas Oratorio (2CD)

Bach, Christmas Oratorio 2CD
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Bach’s joyous and exuberant Christmas Oratorio, a stalwart of the festive season.

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Name us a Handel concert

Tue 12 Dec 2017

It’s been a while, but the time has come for you to put your musical thinking caps on for a our traditional ‘name a concert’ feature.

We need a name for the following concert coming up in 2018. Think Handel, Telemann, organs and, possibly, feasts.

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Back at our favourite building in West London

Fri 8 Dec 2017

West London Synagogue is one of London’s unexpected gems – an architectural beauty with a brilliant acoustic for music.

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Mozart: Master of Deception programme

Mon 27 Nov 2017

Here’s the programme for our Mozart: Master of Deception concert with Rachel Podger on Monday 27 November at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

As well as the programme notes, in this issue:

Rabbi Julia Neuberger, Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue asks ‘Is seeing believing?’ We take a look at the eventful London life of Johann Christian Bach.

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What is a Cantata?

Fri 24 Nov 2017

What exactly is a Cantata?

Bach wrote over 200 of these mini-operas in his role as Cantor at various churches. Their sheer volume and unfamiliarity might seem overwhelming, but don’t let that put you off. Our co-principal keyboard Steven Devine explains all as he accompanies soprano Rowan Pierce in Bach’s Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten (Yield now, troubling shadows) BWV202.

 

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Kinga’s Australia tour photo diary

Wed 15 Nov 2017

Violinist Kinga Ujszászi gives us a peak behind the scenes on our current tour of Australia.

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The Night Shift – Music for Folk

Thu 19 Oct 2017

We’re returning to Peckham’s CLF Art Café on the 24th October, but it won’t be your typical Night Shift. We caught up with clarinettist Katherine Spencer (also known as ‘Waffy’) to explain a bit about what’s in store. 

Could you talk a bit about the theme behind this Night Shift?

We’re exploring folk music and the folk that it was written for, through an OAE lens, so we’re going to be playing the music on a variety of early instruments. It’s an experiment in musical diversity and not being in a box.

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Soprano Louise Alder gives her thoughts on Handel’s Semele

Wed 18 Oct 2017

“I think there’s a fine line between healthy love and manic obsession, so perhaps she’s crossing into it..” Soprano Louise Alder chats about her role as Semele in Handel’s provocative opera.

Handel’s Semele, Wed 18 October 2017
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
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Handel’s Semele Programme

Wed 18 Oct 2017

Here’s the programme for our performance of Handel’s Semele on Wednesday 18th October at Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it, just click here. 

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Is love what you think it is?

Wed 4 Oct 2017

Is love what you think it is? Ahead of our performance of Handel’s Semele at the Royal Festival Hall on Wed 18 October, 2017, we asked social philosopher Roman Krznaric how audiences would have viewed Semele’s story differently through the ages.

Roman Krznaric is joined by the OAE’s Martin Kelly for the pre-concert talk from 6pm in the Level Five Function Room.

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Roman is author of The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained – see romankrznaric.com.

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The Judas Passion Programme

Fri 22 Sep 2017

Below is the programme for The Judas Passion concert on Monday 25th September at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it click here.

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All Words for Forgiveness

Wed 20 Sep 2017

Earlier in the year we invited schools to participate in a creative writing competition inspired by The Judas Passion. We asked pupils and teachers to submit new writing on the theme of forgiveness in any form and received many wonderful entries from across the country. We are delighted to present our winners on the following pages.

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What Is Right and What is Wrong? The Judas Passion and St Matthew Passion

Fri 15 Sep 2017

What is right and what is wrong? Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? There are two very different visions of the Easter story in our 2017/18 season.
The Judas Passion
St Matthew Passion

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Sir Mark Elder

Conductor

Here’s Sir Mark on Donizetti’s Les Martyrs.

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The Night Shift: back in your local boozer this Autumn

Tue 12 Sep 2017

After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.

New and old favourite venues will return, including our favourite Victorian boozer, the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. If you’re more inclined towards goings on south of the river, we’ve got you covered – Peckham’s CLF Art Café will be hosting a clarinet and klezmer themed evening. We also hear great things about their newly re-launched kitchen. Finally, we’ll be descending on The Camden Assembly, scene of many a Brit-pop bust-up, where you’ll find tasty pale ales and burgers aplenty.

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Sally Beamish

Composer

Her Times: Born in 1956, Sally Beamish studied Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving lessons from notable composers Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Berkeley. When she first tried break into composition during the late 1970s, many institutions favoured the more difficult, unforgiving end of modern classical music. A move to Scotland afforded Sally with the opportunity – and the audience, which she needed. The premiere of her work Commedia with the Hebrides Ensemble enjoyed widespread acclaim, and a flood of commissions from symphonies to solo works soon followed. Now busier than ever, Sally is frequently sought after for commemorative works, and has expanded her scope to include compositions for film, theatre and ballet.

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Introducing the baroque bassoon

Thu 24 Aug 2017

Who called who a nanny goat bassoonist?  Our Co-Principal bassoon Peter Whelan tells all as he introduces the baroque bassoon.

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