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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons CD

Vivaldi 4 Seasons
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Our brand-new recording of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons is now available.

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Thu 31 Jul 2014


Glyndebourne: La finta giardiniera

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Mozart La finta giardiniera

Robin Ticciati conductor
Frederic Wake-Walker director
Antony McDonald designer
Lucy Carter lighting designer

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Don Anchise (Il Podestà)
Christiane Karg Sandrina (La Marchesa Violante)
Nicole Heaston Arminda
Joel Prieto Count Belfiore
Rachel Frenkel Ramiro
Joélle Harvey Serpetta
Gyula Orendt Nardo (Roberto)

We return again this summer to Glyndebourne for a new production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.  After playing Mozart’s well known operas for almost three decades at Glyndebourne, we get a chance this summer to perform one of his rarities, under Glyndebourne’s new Music Director, Robin Ticciati.

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Concerts announced at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 25 Jul 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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


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


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

Colin Kitching Video

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 up with OAE Librarian Colin Kitchen. The video includes rare footage of the OAE’s legendary music shed…

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Kati Debretzeni: NCEM podcast

Thu 10 Jul 2014


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

Crime Scene

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


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


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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Exit Interview: Matthew Grindon

Thu 26 Jun 2014


Our Marketing and Press Officer, Matthew Grindon, responsible for a lot of the content on this website and on social media, left the OAE team last week for pastures new. We put our Exit Interview questions to him…

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Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? – Audience and Press Reactions

Mon 16 Jun 2014


On 12 June we filled the airwaves with our live concert of Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? featuring music from William Boyce and Handel at Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Whether you were there or listening at home, many of you shared your thoughts via the magic of the interweb.  Here we share some of your comments. But first, a word from the critics.

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Mary Bevan replaces Lucy Crowe this evening

Thu 12 Jun 2014

Mary Bevan crop

Unfortunately, due to illness, Lucy Crowe is unable to join us for tonight’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. However we are delighted to announce that Mary Bevan will join us instead. We’re very grateful to Mary for stepping in at such short notice. Please find Mary’s biography below:

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Boyce’s Solomon – in rehearsal

Tue 10 Jun 2014

Boyce Solomon

A peek behind the scenes during rehearsals for Boyce’s Solomon – a Serenata.
Wildly popular in its day, Boyce’s Solomon even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. However…it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.

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Gamechangers: Mildly Rude in rehearsal

Tue 10 Jun 2014


Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata was wildly popular in its day and even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. But it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek at our rehearsals.

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Wed 4 Jun 2014


Who doesn’t like a sing song from time to time?  Impress your neighbours next time you’re in the shower with our handy phonetic guide to Ich ruf zu dir Jubilate Domino and Vater unser in Himmelreich by Praetorius, courtesy of Robert Howarth – both of which we perform this Friday at the Spitalfields Festival.

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OAE Market Hunt

Tue 3 Jun 2014


Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of  pop-up performances.

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Mildly Rude?

Thu 29 May 2014


On 12 June we close our Southbank 2013-2014 Season with Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?, so called for its inclusion of Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata, which caused outrage when performed in front of Victorian audiences. 

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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Thu 29 May 2014


Spitalfields!  If it was an actual field you wouldn’t visit it, but it’s not, it’s a hive of cultural activity that we love, and this year we’re all over it.

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Steven Devine: Speed Interview

Tue 27 May 2014


On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?  Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect

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