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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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Reactions: The Tognetti tour

Wed 26 Nov 2014

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It’s over. One week and five performances later and our time with the incredible Richard Tognetti has sadly come to a close. But what a week it’s been.

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“he’s an extreme violinist”

Mon 24 Nov 2014

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In this latest video, shot during rehearsals with Richard Tognetti, Cellist Robin Michael and Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku talk about what it’s like working with Richard and the music on the programme.

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“A dream come true”. We chat with Richard Tognetti

Sat 22 Nov 2014

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We’re currently on tour with violinist Richard Tognetti, who is directing our ‘Lord of the Strings’ programme – which you can hear in London in full on Tuesday (parts of it also feature in Monday’s The Works and The Night Shift).

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Playlist: Lord of the Strings

Fri 21 Nov 2014

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Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.

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New Chief Executive Announced

Thu 20 Nov 2014

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We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead. 

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Richard Tognetti Speed Interview

Fri 14 Nov 2014

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Richard Tognetti is leading our concert, Lord of the Strings, in London and on tour around the country. He’s a world renowned violinist, Artistic Director and leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, surfer, composer…

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The Three Town Tour and more

Fri 14 Nov 2014

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And they’re off…

The OAE is going on tour. Not a tour of the glamourous concert halls of mainland Europe or those of our cousins across the pond, but of local, accessible venues such as pubs and leisure centres.

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Watercycle at Southbank Centre

Thu 13 Nov 2014

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On Sunday October 19, we set up shop in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for a mammoth day of concerts, all part of our education and outreach programme, Watercycle. Children and families were welcomed by OAE staff armed with stickers, crayons and water-themed colouring pages.

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The OAE goes clubbing…

Wed 12 Nov 2014

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This Saturday we’ll be doing something just a little different with our late night series The Night Shift, and popping up at the legendary Vauxhall club Duckie.

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Le Malade Imaginaire, 3 and 9 Nov – Audience Feedback

Mon 10 Nov 2014

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Last week we presented two performances of Charpentier’s incidental music to Moliere’s Le Malade Imaginaire.

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Put your thinking caps on and name a concert for us…

Mon 10 Nov 2014

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Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.

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Current Distractions

Fri 7 Nov 2014

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Culture this week – when music starts getting it wrong/losing the plot.

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