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Donizetti, Les Martyrs (3CD)

Les-Martyrs
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Hear Les Martyrs, the latest in the Orchestra’s collaboration with Opera Rara, conducted from a new critical edition of the score by OAE Principal Artist, Sir Mark Elder.

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Sat 11 Jul 2015

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Festival

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Telemann Concerto for violin A major, TWV 51:a2, The Frogs Vivaldi Four Seasons Vivaldi  'Gelido in ogni vena' from Il farnace. Vivaldi 'dell'aura al sussurrar' from Dorilla in tempe Sarah Tynan soprano

As part of the Lichfield Festival, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform inside the majestic medieval Lichfield Cathedral , with Telemann’s violin concerto, The Frogs, and Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Seasons

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Thu 9 Jul 2015

Kloster Eberbach, Basilika, Rheingau

Handel: Messiah

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Handel Messiah
Katherine Watson soprano
Tim Mead counter-tenor
Thomas Walker tenor
George Humphreys baritone
Laurence Cummings conductor
Choir of the Enlightenment

As part of the Rheingau Festival, the Orchestra perform Handel’s visionary Messiah with a host of stunning soloists, including soprano Katherine Watson and countertenor Tim Mead.

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Wed 8 Jul 2015

Glyndebourne

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

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Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Robin Ticciati conductor
David McVicar director

Mozart’s ground-breaking opera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, returns to Glyndebourne this summer.

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Heatwave Playlist

Wed 1 Jul 2015

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To mark the hottest day of the year so far we asked around the OAE office for everyone’s top heatwave tracks – music to celebrate summer and to chill out to. And here are the results.

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Pre-concert talk: Stevie Wishart

Tue 16 Jun 2015

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Susannah Simons talks to composer Stevie Wishart about her new commission for the OAE entitled ‘Rough with the smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre’. We performed the piece on 12 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 

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Canada bound: William Norris to leave the OAE

Thu 11 Jun 2015

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After ten and a half years at the OAE, William Norris, Communications and Creative Programming Director, is moving on to pastures new. Pastures quite far away, in fact.

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Operamaniac: Horses for Courses

Thu 4 Jun 2015

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This season has been particularly interesting for Donizetti fans in London. From Opera Rara’s Les Martyrs to Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, not to mention ETO’s performances of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, we have seen a revival of unknown or almost forgotten operas by this workaholic Italian genius,  together with some of his most famous works such as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera.

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Why should I apply for your job?

Wed 27 May 2015

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We’re currently looking for a new Trusts and Corporates Manager, so we asked Harriet Lawrence, who currently looks after our fundraising from Trusts and Foundations, ‘What do you like about your job?’

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Results: Bees vs Wolves

Thu 21 May 2015

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Remember a while back when we asked you to vote for what we (along with our neighbours the London Sinfonietta) should sponsor with our recent ‘green week’ windfall, a bee colony or a wolf?

Well the results are now in.

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Programme notes – Stevie Wishart

Wed 13 May 2015

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Our final concert of the 2014–2015 season saw the world premiere of Stevie Wishart’s new composition, The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre. 

If you didn’t manage to get a copy of the programme notes at the concert then you can download a copy below.

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Stevie Wishart on her new composition

Tue 12 May 2015

Stevie Wishart

New Music for Old Instruments: Composer Stevie Wishart talks about her new commission for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment entitled “The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre”.

The piece was performed on 12 May 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

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Exit interview: Michelle Buckley

Fri 8 May 2015

Michelle Buckley

Our Communications Trainee (also known as Marketing and Press Trainee), Michelle, leaves us today. Sad sad face. We got the 411 before she left.

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Current Distractions

Thu 7 May 2015

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Well our arts blog, Current Distractions, has taken a little break of late but it’s back today in a bumper classical music edition, dealing with awards, boycotts and much more besides – including a little smudge of visual art.

 

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OAE in King’s Lynn – pictures

Thu 7 May 2015

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Last week we were in residence in King’s Lynn – the second leg of our Three Town Tour, which also incorporates part of our Watercycle Education tour. While we were in town we performed no less than 6 concerts, including 2 schools concerts and an evening Community Concert.

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A fond (and temporary) farewell to the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wed 6 May 2015

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Next Tuesday, 12 May, it’s not only the last concert of our London season, it’s also our last concert in our main venue, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, for two whole years.

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Stevie Wishart’s Double Entendre in rehearsal

Wed 6 May 2015

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Next week we give the world premiere of a new piece by composer Stevie Wishart as part of our Rough with the Smooth concert at Southbank Centre.

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Ay up me ducks: the Orchestra crawls north

Wed 29 Apr 2015

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Our intrepid Deputy Director of Development, Harriet Lawrence, followed the Orchestra to Chesterfield. Here she reports back on what she found…

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BBC Proms

Thu 23 Apr 2015

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The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.

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Pre-concert talk: Beyond Beethoven

Mon 13 Apr 2015

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Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.  

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