Bach Wachet! betet! (Watch! Pray!)
Steven Devine director
Rowan Pierce soprano
Ciara Hendrick alto
Tom Robson tenor
James Newby baritone
Professor Sir John Pendry guest scientist
What is light?
Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with Bach, the Universe, and Everything, our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds.
Haydn Symphony No. 26 Lamentatione
Mozart Violin Concerto No.1
JC Bach Symphony in G minor
Mozart Violin Concerto in No.5
Rachel Podger director and violin
There is more to Mozart than meets the eye.
His repertoire is full of surprises and deceptions.
Mozart was the ultimate musical genius – and the ultimate game player. He tore up the rulebook, and if you hear his music twice, you never have quite the same experience.
Violinist Kinga Ujszászi gives us a peak behind the scenes on our current tour of Australia.Read More
We’re returning to Peckham’s CLF Art Café on the 24th October, but it won’t be your typical Night Shift. We caught up with clarinettist Katherine Spencer (also known as ‘Waffy’) to explain a bit about what’s in store.
Could you talk a bit about the theme behind this Night Shift?
We’re exploring folk music and the folk that it was written for, through an OAE lens, so we’re going to be playing the music on a variety of early instruments. It’s an experiment in musical diversity and not being in a box.Read More
“I think there’s a fine line between healthy love and manic obsession, so perhaps she’s crossing into it..” Soprano Louise Alder chats about her role as Semele in Handel’s provocative opera.
Handel’s Semele, Wed 18 October 2017
Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall
Here’s the programme for our performance of Handel’s Semele on Wednesday 18th October at Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it, just click here.Read More
Is love what you think it is? Ahead of our performance of Handel’s Semele at the Royal Festival Hall on Wed 18 October, 2017, we asked social philosopher Roman Krznaric how audiences would have viewed Semele’s story differently through the ages.
Roman Krznaric is joined by the OAE’s Martin Kelly for the pre-concert talk from 6pm in the Level Five Function Room.
Roman is author of The Wonderbox and Carpe Diem Regained – see romankrznaric.com.Read More
Below is the programme for The Judas Passion concert on Monday 25th September at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself. If you can’t see it click here.Read More
Earlier in the year we invited schools to participate in a creative writing competition inspired by The Judas Passion. We asked pupils and teachers to submit new writing on the theme of forgiveness in any form and received many wonderful entries from across the country. We are delighted to present our winners on the following pages.Read More
What is right and what is wrong? Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven? There are two very different visions of the Easter story in our 2017/18 season.
The Judas Passion
St Matthew Passion
Here’s Sir Mark on Donizetti’s Les Martyrs.Read More
After our mind-bending stint blending Handel, Bjork and Beyoncé on the festival circuit, we’re back with a whole raft of events to keep you entertained as the nights draw in.
New and old favourite venues will return, including our favourite Victorian boozer, the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. If you’re more inclined towards goings on south of the river, we’ve got you covered – Peckham’s CLF Art Café will be hosting a clarinet and klezmer themed evening. We also hear great things about their newly re-launched kitchen. Finally, we’ll be descending on The Camden Assembly, scene of many a Brit-pop bust-up, where you’ll find tasty pale ales and burgers aplenty.Read More
Her Times: Born in 1956, Sally Beamish studied Viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, receiving lessons from notable composers Anthony Gilbert and Lennox Berkeley. When she first tried break into composition during the late 1970s, many institutions favoured the more difficult, unforgiving end of modern classical music. A move to Scotland afforded Sally with the opportunity – and the audience, which she needed. The premiere of her work Commedia with the Hebrides Ensemble enjoyed widespread acclaim, and a flood of commissions from symphonies to solo works soon followed. Now busier than ever, Sally is frequently sought after for commemorative works, and has expanded her scope to include compositions for film, theatre and ballet.Read More
Who called who a nanny goat bassoonist? Our Co-Principal bassoon Peter Whelan tells all as he introduces the baroque bassoon.Read More
It’s high summer. You might think it’s a quiet time for an orchestra. But not for us. Amidst our Glyndebourne, BBC Proms and The Night Shift performances, it’s also when we like to reveal our ‘look’ for our forthcoming Southbank Centre season.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Bach goes to Paris concert on Tuesday 4 July at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
If you can’t see anything below, click here.
What’s this? Three Night Shifts on three long hot summer nights?
Yes that’s right. This August we’re having a mini-Night Shift festival, with three different gigs at three different venues. Summer Night (Shifts) if you like.
Tell me more, tell me moreRead More
Calling all oboe and bassoon players! Join us for a unique opportunity to perform Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with a specially-created massed wind ensemble.Read More
Hi there authors, poets and playwrights. We want you to enter a writing competition on the theme of forgiveness to accompany The Judas Passion, a new piece of classical music by composer Sally Beamish and British poet, David Harsent.Read More
‘The gut strings make a more gutsy sound’
If you think a violin from the 18th Century is the same as one made yesterday, think again…
Violinist Huw Daniel reveals the differences between the baroque instrument and the modern one.Read More