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I’ve heard that before!

Thu 2 May 2019

It appears as though Bach’s Orchestral Suites aren’t only popular in the concert hall.

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Entering a World of Magic

Thu 25 Apr 2019

I was lucky on my very first day of work at the OAE to go on a ‘field-trip’ to watch a TOTS rehearsal for a brilliantly adapted production of The Magic Flute.

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Getting to grips with G&S

Tue 16 Apr 2019

This week’s Trial by Jury is our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s not something period instrument orchestras such as ourselves are really known for doing. So how did we approach it? Leader Margaret Faultless discusses her meeting with conductor John Wilson.

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Trial by Jury programme

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Trial by Jury at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 18 April 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Haute Savoy! Six essential Gilbert and Sullivan facts

Mon 15 Apr 2019

This week it’s Trial by Jury, our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan, the prolific Victorian-era standard bearers of English comic opera.

Are new to ‘G&S’? Then here are 6 essential facts about the wonderful world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Further Reading: Katherine Spencer

Tue 19 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our clarinet, Katherine Spencer (also known as Waffy), wrote about performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Further Reading: Martin Lawrence

Mon 18 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our horn player, Martin Lawrence, wrote about performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for 4 horns, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Monday 18 March 2019 at Royal Festival Hall.

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Not all pianos are the same…

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Bluther 1867, restored by Edwin Beunk

When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.

There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.

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Brahms Piano Concertos Programme

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Brahms Piano Concertos 1 and 2 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Introducing the Oboe da Caccia

Wed 6 Mar 2019

“Its sound is very soothing, plaintive and I think slightly enigmatic”.

Our co-principal oboe Katharina Spreckelsen explores the mystery of the peculiar looking baroque instrument, the oboe da caccia.

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2019-20: Salvation and Damnation

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Today tickets go on sale for our new season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Salvation and Damnation. Why?

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Bach, the Universe and Everything Podcast 3

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Here’s the latest Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast taken from the series at Kings Place.

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Introducing the 19th Century Horn

Why play a new instrument when we make music for old instruments?

Our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery performs a section from Schumann’s showstopping Konzertstück for Four Horns, and introduces a new ‘19th century-style’ horn. This instrument has valves, which makes performing such challenging repertoire possible.

Hear it in our upcoming concerts with Sir András Schiff, also featuring Brahms’ blockbuster piano concertos.  Find out more

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Further reading: Lisa Beznosiuk

Wed 6 Feb 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, wrote about being the lone flute in Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, as performed on Monday 4 February 2019 at Royal Festival, and on tour around Europe.

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Love and Duty programme

Thu 31 Jan 2019

Here’s the programme for our Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená, concert at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 4 February 2019. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Six things you (probably) didn’t know about Christoph Willibald Gluck

Thu 31 Jan 2019

What’s in a name? Admittedly, Christoph Willibald Gluck wasn’t blessed with the most inspiring of them – it’s hardly evocative like the great Italian opera composers or his 18th century counterpart, Mozart.

But don’t let that put you off. Often overlooked, Gluck is one of the great opera composers. He wrote 49 in total, evolving the genre from the extravagancies of the Baroque era to the more focused, storytelling genre it became.

Here are some things you probably didn’t know about him.

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Introducing the Baroque Theorbo

“People complain a lot about the space that I take up”.

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it’s like to carry it around on the tube.

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Concerts for 2 to 5 year olds in 2019

Wed 2 Jan 2019

We’ve just announced The Worlds Around Us, our new Southbank Centre series of OAE TOTS, our concerts introducing children age 2 to 5 to the magic of classical music.

This year we’re exploring the weird and wonderful world around us.

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The best of Barbara Strozzi

Thu 27 Dec 2018

In January, we launch Kings Place’s Venus Unwrapped series with a concert of music by 17th century Venetian composer, Barbara Strozzi.

If you’ve never heard her music before, we really think it’s worth a listen. So we’ve compiled some of the best of it into the Spotify playlist below.

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Introducing Mozart’s Clarinet

Fri 21 Dec 2018

“This is the clarinet that Mozart would have expected to hear when he wrote for it.”

Our Principal Clarinet Antony Pay takes us through the staple instrument of the time – the 5 key clarinet, and shows us the type of basset clarinet he believes enables you to play Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto best.

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