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A Concert for all Weathers: ‘Pitter Patter Raindrops’ at Purcell Room

Fri 27 Feb 2015

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Last Saturday the OAE Education team was back at Purcell Room for its second TOTS concerts series of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened last weekend.

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30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Thu 19 Feb 2015

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With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

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Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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The OAE Academy

Fri 13 Feb 2015

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The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.

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7 Examples of Bohemianism

Fri 6 Feb 2015

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The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.

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Playlist: The Bohemians

Mon 2 Feb 2015

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We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).

The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.

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The Afflicted

Fri 30 Jan 2015

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Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.

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30 years of breaking the rules: 2015-2016 concerts announced

Thu 22 Jan 2015

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This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…

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Vladimir Jurowski on Boris Godunov

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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Music Censorship

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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This Thursday, we perform scenes from the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Falling foul of censors at the Imperial Theatres (primarily, it appears, for its lack of a leading female role), this version did not receive its world premier until 1928.

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Vladimir Jurowksi on Tchaikovsky

Thu 8 Jan 2015

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‘Hearing Tchaikovsky played on those instruments was an absolute revelation.’ 

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Hot, sweaty and boozy. What happened when the OAE went clubbing?

Fri 19 Dec 2014

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A month or so ago we took our late night series, The Night Shift, out clubbing, with a visit to the Vauxhall institution that is Duckie

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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed 17 Dec 2014

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The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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Go East! The OAE in Russia

Thu 11 Dec 2014

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Those of you on Facebook will have seen the picture we posted yesterday showing some of the office team celebrating the approval of our Russian Visas – after quite a lengthy and complicated process! We said at the time we’d tell you more about our Russian trip so here goes…

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Messiah, 9 Dec – Audience Feedback

Thu 11 Dec 2014

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We started the festive season on Tuesday with our performance of Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Speed interview: Catherine Wyn-Rogers

Mon 8 Dec 2014

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Mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers performs Handel’s Messiah with us tomorrow evening (9 December). In preparation, we put her through our speed interview.  

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Andrew Mellor on Handel’s Messiah

Fri 5 Dec 2014

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Music critic Andrew Mellor explains why he loves Handel, why the Messiah is such a powerful piece of music an why, at that final ‘Amen’, it feels like Christmas has finally arrived.

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The H Factor: Results

Fri 5 Dec 2014

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Last week we asked you to submit your renditions of Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Wed 3 Dec 2014

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Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Warm up those vocal cords…the H factor is here.

Wed 26 Nov 2014

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In concerts generally we play the music and you listen and enjoy. There is of course one well known exception – and that is the Hallelujah chorus of Handel’s Messiah. For reasons we’ll explain in a future post generally what happens ( in the UK at least) is that the entire audience stands up and joins in – much to the bemusement of any non-Brits in the audience.

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