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Why should I apply for your job?

Wed 27 May 2015


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


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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Donizetti, Les Martyrs (3CD)

Price: £34.99 Buy Now

‘The OAE’s sound is wonderfully sparkly and transparent, everything beautifully balanced… thrillingly fresh’ – Gramophone. 

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Programme notes – Stevie Wishart

Wed 13 May 2015


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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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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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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BBC Proms

Thu 23 Apr 2015


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


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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Pre-concert talk: performing the St Matthew Passion without a conductor

Wed 8 Apr 2015


If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015


Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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The wolves and the bees

Fri 27 Mar 2015


Last week was green week here at the OAE (and our green neighbours, the London Sinfonietta). Through our ‘green bake sale’, we managed to raise a little bit of cash to put towards a green cause.

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Speed Interview: Robin Blaze

Fri 27 Mar 2015

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In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.

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OAE TOTS: What we played

Mon 23 Mar 2015


We recently performed Pitter Patter Raindrops, the latest incarnation of our OAE TOTs concerts at Southbank Centre and The Anvil, Basingstoke. To those that came: thank you. We had great fun and hope you did too.

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Green Week

Fri 20 Mar 2015

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As you may or may not know, OAE is committed to environmental sustainability. We are so committed, in fact, that we are spending the whole week celebrating it alongside our office neighbours, the London Sinfonietta. Yes, that’s right: it’s Green Week.

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Bach: Maybe not such a misery after all

Thu 19 Mar 2015


When asked to name their ideal dinner party guests, who would really say JS Bach?

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Congratulations Sir Simon

Fri 6 Mar 2015


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment would like to congratulate the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle on his appointment as Music Director. 

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Recommended: Best of Both, 4 March

Wed 4 Mar 2015


Ahead of our concert tonight, violinist Claire Holden makes some suggestions of what to read and listen to.

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

Wed 4 Mar 2015

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To celebrate the latest in our Flying the Flag series, we thought we would let you know a few facts about the man of the hour, Antonín Dvořák.

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