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Mon 3 Nov 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

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Sophie Junker soprano
Samuel Boden tenor
Giles Underwood bass
Mary Doherty Toinette
Rosie Hilal Angelica
Dickon Tyrrell Argan
Caroline Williams director

We make our debut performances in the intimate surroundings of the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse, to present Charpentier’s incidental music to Moliere’s Le Malade Imaginaire (The Hypochondriac).

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Tue 4 Nov 2014

Royal Festival Hall, London

Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

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Donizetti Les Martyrs
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Michael Spyres Polyeucte
Joyce El-Khoury Pauline
David Kempster Sévère
Brindley Sherratt Félix
Clive Bayley Callisthenes
Wynne Evans Néarque
Opera Rara Chorus

Experience the power of Donizetti’s rarely performed grand opera Les Martyrs, in what promises to be one of the highlights of London’s operatic year.

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Five and a half interesting things about the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Thu 30 Oct 2014


So, we’re performing in the Same Wanamaker Playhouse next week. Let’s take it as read that you know the basics – it’s part of Shakespeare’s Globe, it’s a replica of a Jacobean theatre, it’s lit by candlelight etc. But there’s more…

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Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)


His times: Italy succumbed less readily to the excesses and experiments of the Romantic movement than most of her European neighbours, and the result – in a country whose musical life was dominated by opera in the 19th century – was a conservative attitude to the stage in which works tended to be divided into the ‘comic’ and the ‘tragic’ while not stretching far beyond established formulas and aiming for little more than short-term success.

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Preview: Le Malade Imaginaire at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tue 28 Oct 2014


Well, first off we’d like to state that we didn’t pay Bill Barclay, the Globe’s Head of Music, to say such nice things about the OAE. But he did, so that’s lovely. Anyway, here’s a preview of our forthcoming concerts at the amazing Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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Faure, Requiem CD

Faure Requiem
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Our new recording of Fauré’s Requiem presents this masterpiece as the composer first imagined it – for liturgical performance with a choir of men and boys and an orchestra of brass and strings.

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)



His times: Charpentier was born in an aristocratic France where music was predominantly heard in the church and stylistically influenced by Italian and German models. Well-to-do Charpentier found himself studying law in Paris and eventually music – or perhaps it was painting to begin with, we don’t really know – in Rome. There he was spotted by the composer Giacomo Carissimi, who became his mentor. Back in France, Charpentier spent 17 years as court composer to Marie de Lorraine before working in a similar post for the Dauphin, son of Louis XIV and then as music master for the Jesuit order in Paris. Eventually he directed music at the Saint-Chapelle, the gothic chapel at the Palais de Justice.

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The French Beethoven: What the critics thought

Fri 24 Oct 2014


On Wednesday we played our second concert of the new season, Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven, at the Royal Festival Hall. The results are now in:

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Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven October 22nd- Audience feedback

Thu 23 Oct 2014

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Last night we made our first outing this season at the Royal Festival Hall, flying the flag for the rarely heard composer George Onslow with his first symphony, alongside the overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz, and Beethoven’s great Eroica Symphony.

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David Kempster talks about Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

Thu 23 Oct 2014


‘He finds out that Pauline is now shacked up with a new guy, and he’s not happy about that’

Baritone David Kempster sings the part of Sévère in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November. He chatted to us about the character of Sévère, and some of the joys and difficulties of performing Donizetti.

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The Onslow Affair

Wed 22 Oct 2014


Ahead of our concert, Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven, an anecdote from the life of the French Beethoven himself, George Onlsow: 

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven

Tue 21 Oct 2014

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Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…

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Live near Basingstoke? Join us for a special open rehearsal & drinks reception

Tue 21 Oct 2014


We’re excited to be starting our second season as the Anvil Basingstoke’s Orchestra in Association this Friday and to celebrate we are inviting local OAE fans to a special open rehearsal and drinks reception.

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Really sad music

Mon 20 Oct 2014


This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.

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Playlist: The French Beethoven

Wed 15 Oct 2014


So George Onslow was known as ‘the French Beethoven’, but what does that mean? What does he sound like?

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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about George Onslow

Tue 14 Oct 2014

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George Onslow (the ‘French Beethoven’) was famous during his lifetime, but is relatively unknown to modern audiences. As we lead up to our performance of his first symphony, here are seven things you (probably) didn’t know about him:

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Your programmes last night…

Fri 10 Oct 2014

OAE Programme

As anyone who was at our concert last night will know, we had a slight mishap in that our programmes didn’t turn up…

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Cast and director announced for Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Wed 8 Oct 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce the cast and director for our November performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014


A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Musicians and Staff pick their season highlights

Tue 7 Oct 2014


With our Southbank Centre season starting this Thursday we asked musicians and staff what OAE concerts in the forthcoming season they’re looking forward to most:

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