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Fri 9 Dec 2016

Cadogan Hall

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1-3

Matthew Truscott
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Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 1
Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 2
Bach Motet, Singet dem Herrn
Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 3

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Anna Dennis soprano
Robin Blaze countertenor
Jeremy Budd tenor
Ashley Riches baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

This festive spectacular involves two big OAE first. It’s our first trip to gorgeous Cadogan Hall, and renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki’s debut with the orchestra.

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Mon 19 Dec 2016

Kings Place Hall One

Noel: A Christmas Celebration

Cecelia Bruggemeyer
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Balduin Hoyel Uns ist geborn ein Kindelein
Samuel Scheidt Two Courants Ludi Musici (1621)
Lucas Osiander Christum wir sollen Ioben schon
Johann Schein Paduoana, Gagliarda, Courente, Allemanda, Tripla from Bachetto Musicale (1617)
Praetorius Puer nobis nascitur
Praetorius Ballet des Baccannales, Ballet des feus, Ballet des Matelotz from Terpsichore
Praetorius Uns ist ein Kindlein heut geborn
Schutz Magnifiat SWV468
Schutz The Christmas Story SWV435

Robert Howarth director
Matthew Long tenor
Choir of the Enlightenment

We wrap up our involvement in Baroque Unwrapped with a seasonal programme.

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Tue 6 Dec 2016

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts 1-3

Martin Lawrence
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Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 1
Bach Motet, Singet dem Herrn
Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 2
Bach Christmas Oratorio, part 3

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Anna Dennis soprano
Robin Blaze countertenor
Jeremy Budd tenor
Ashley Riches bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Masaaki Suzuki, renowned Bach specialist and winner of the 2012 Bach Prize, conducts Bach’s Christmas Oratorio over two concerts.

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Sat 3 Dec 2016

The Church of Holmen, Copenhagen

Handel’s Messiah

Cecelia Bruggemeyer
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Handel Messiah

Morgans Dahl conductor
Morgans Dahl Chamber Choir

We take that festive favourite, Handel’s Messiah, to Copenhagen’s unique Holmens Kirke as the ideal prelude to the Christmas season.

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Mad skillz from footballer turned harpsichordist Ottavio Dantone

Fri 28 Oct 2016

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Catch him doing the harpsichord thing (no football planned as yet) with the OAE on Sunday at St John’s Smith Square.   More info and book tickets

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Bach: A Family Affair concert programme

Thu 27 Oct 2016

Bach: A Family Affair Programme

Here’s the Bach: A Family Affair programme. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge at the concert.

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“Football can also be a metaphor for a musical ensemble”

Tue 25 Oct 2016

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Milanese keyboard wizard Ottavio Dantone is the Filippo Inzaghi of the early music world, a Baroque expert who once brought his considerable heading skills to the youth teams of AC Milan.

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Name a Concert

Mon 10 Oct 2016

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We need you, the audience, to help us come up with a title for one of our 2017–2018 concerts.

Just suggest a title for the concert. Then we’ll choose one, use it, and give you a pair of tickets to the concert (or another from next season if you prefer).

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OAE TOTS playlist

Thu 6 Oct 2016

TOTS

Some of you have asked for an OAE TOTS playlist. So here’s what we played at the Friends Meeting House in Brighton on Saturday 1 October 2016.

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 4

Mon 3 Oct 2016

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The concluding part of Bassoonist Halley Pullen’s Ryedale Festival Tour Diary.

Wednesday 14th September

We arrived at the Brunton Theatre for an orchestral rehearsal. Ian Tindale, our director on harpsichord, had a few new details and changes to cadenzas for us. For the most part, our ensemble felt comfortable and familiar, apart from getting used to the acoustic, which was surprisingly helpful for hearing orchestral detail but a bit dry for the singers’ tastes. Our bass player Hannah borrowed a baroque bass from a local player (for perhaps obvious reasons to those who have seen a bass flight case) and had to quickly get used to playing a totally new instrument.

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt3

Mon 26 Sep 2016

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Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen continues her blog of her experiences on tour at the Ryedale Festival, performing Handel’s opera Alcina in Perth and Musselburgh, Scotland.

It had been several weeks since our group of OAE experience players performed together at the Oriental Club in London and almost two months since our debut outing at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire (see Tour Diary parts 1 & 2). Looking forward to joining my fellow colleagues for our final performances of Handel’s Alcina, I was a bit anxious about the journey up to Scotland by plane. Travelling with instruments (a theme threaded throughout this entry) can be a precarious business and I was immediately caught off guard at the start of the journey…

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016

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Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016

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Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 2

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Hayley’s tour diary pt 1

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

OAE Experience bassoon Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Tue 26 July – The Night Shift live on YouTube

Mon 25 Jul 2016

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Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:

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Timpani

Timpani

Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

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Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Back on the road

Mon 11 Jul 2016

Lowestoft care home

We’re very pleased that, with help from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, we’re going back on tour in England in 2017 with a new series called Musical Landscapes.

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