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Introducing…the ‘other’ Beethoven.

Wed 27 Aug 2014

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This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.

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Something to look forward to: Glyndebourne 2015

Tue 26 Aug 2014

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The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.

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Adrian Bending talks to…Catherine Mackintosh

Fri 22 Aug 2014

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Filmed last summer just before she retired, here’s an in-depth interview with OAE founder member, ex leader and violinist Catherine Mackintosh. She talks to OAE Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending about her career, the origins of the OAE, the baroque violin and lemmings…

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Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Thu 21 Aug 2014

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A photogallery remembering our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen, including early pictures of him rehearsing the OAE.

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Two minutes on… the Ophicleide

Tue 19 Aug 2014

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“Berlioz wanted it to sound pretty rough and ghastly – so we do our best to provide that”

John Elliot introduces the Ophicleide, and its role in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – filmed while on tour with the piece last year.

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Remembering Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Fri 15 Aug 2014

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All of us at the OAE were very sad to hear the news of Emeritus Conductor Franz Brüggen, who passed away at the age of 79 earlier this week – a conductor who has had an association with the OAE almost since the Orchestra’s inception.

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Rinaldo – Press Reaction

Thu 14 Aug 2014

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As you may be aware, Rinaldo opened at Glyndebourne on Saturday and that means that the nation’s opera critics were out in force. Here’s what they had to say:

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Frans Brüggen 1934-2014

Wed 13 Aug 2014

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We have heard the very sad news today that our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen passed away this morning at the age of 79. A full statement will follow in the coming days.

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In rehearsal: Sir Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz

Wed 13 Aug 2014

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Last autumn we went on tour with our Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, with some pretty unusual repertoire for us – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Indeed, this was only the second time we have ever programmed this piece.  Here’s a clip of the Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington rehearsing the piece at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels ahead of performances there, and in Warsaw and Helsinki.

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Pre-concert talk: Sally Beamish in conversation

Tue 12 Aug 2014

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Back in May we revived Sally Beamish’s piece Spinal Chords, which we had premiered as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In this pre-concert event Sally talks to Nicola Christie about reviving her composition two years on from its first performances and the works’ genesis.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014

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Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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The Aftershow: Annette Isserlis and Margaret Faultless in conversation

Wed 30 Jul 2014

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Well we must admit we have been rather remiss in getting our pre and post concert talks up online this year. Apologies, but we’re now doing our best to catch up and post remaining talks we have on file up here.

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Concerts announced at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 25 Jul 2014

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We’re very excited to be able to announce four concerts in the coming season at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, next to the Globe on the Southbank.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014

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We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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Getting crafty…the Watercycle appeal

Mon 21 Jul 2014

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Last week we broke out the Pritt sticks and got crafty here at the OAE office, to fashion some rather special envelopes for our new Education Appeal.

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Video Vault: 10 minutes with OAE Music Librarian Colin Kitching

Wed 16 Jul 2014

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We had a rummage through our archives and found this gem from back in 2008 which we thought was worth sharing with you all. Then intern Nick Cooke traveled out to deepest Chesham to meet up with OAE Librarian Colin Kitching. The video includes rare footage of the OAE’s legendary music shed…

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Kati Debretzeni: NCEM podcast

Thu 10 Jul 2014

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This Sunday we’re in York for the Early Music Festival at the National Centre for Early Music. Directing the programme is OAE Leader Kati Debretzeni – and of this podcast she talks about the programme that the Orchestra has put together for the festival

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Who murdered Jean-Marie Leclair?

Wed 9 Jul 2014

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Ahead of our 13 July concert in York, here’s a little intrigue around the death of composer Jean-Marie Leclair…

The funeral of Jean-Marie Leclair, one of the most famous of France’s violinists and composers, took place on 25th October 1764. He had been killed in front of his house two days earlier, stabbed three times in the back.  So who had committed this horrible crime?

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OAE retains Arts Council England Funding

Tue 1 Jul 2014

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We are delighted to be able to announce that we have today received confirmation from Arts Council England that the Orchestra will continue to funded as one of ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations during the period 2015-2018.  The funding of £203,904 each year from 2015-16 to 2017-18 will enable the OAE to realise many of its artistic ambitions over the coming years, including our touring around England and our pioneering education programme, as well as our show-case series of concerts at Southbank Centre.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera

Mon 30 Jun 2014

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We’re currently performing La Finta Giardiniera at Glyndebourne Opera House. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this Mozart opera, check it out and tell us about it!

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