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

Wed 26 Nov 2014

H Factor

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


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


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

Richard Tognetti

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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What the audience thought: Le Malade Imaginaire at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 7 Nov 2014


We made our debut performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Monday, with Charpentier’s Le Malade imaginaire. Check out what the audience thought here. If you like what you hear, we’re performing again on Sunday 9th November more info/book tickets. 

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What the critics say: Les Martyrs

Fri 7 Nov 2014


So we’ve already shared what you, the audience, had to say about this week’s performance of Les Martyrs, but how did we fare with those paid for their opinions? Check out the review round-up below. 

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Donizetti’s Les Martyrs, 4 November- Audience feedback

Wed 5 Nov 2014

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We’re still buzzing from last night’s performance of Donizetti’s grand opera Les Martyrs, the latest instalment in our collaboration with Opera Rara. Conducted by Sir Mark Elder, it featured a superb cast including Michael Spyres, Joyce El-Khoury and David Kempster. Here’s what the public had to say:

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Operamaniac: Notes on Les Martyrs

Mon 3 Nov 2014


Daniel, OAE Finance Officer, aka Operamaniac, was lucky enough to sit in on some of the Les Martyrs recording sessions with Opera Rara and Sir Mark Elder last week. Here he ponders on the experience and what he learnt from it.

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OAE at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an introduction

Mon 3 Nov 2014

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OAE Principal Theorbo/Lute, Liz Kenny introduces us to the concerts she devised for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which begins with Le Malade imaginaire (or The Hypochdriack). 

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Speed interview: Joyce El-Khoury

Sun 2 Nov 2014


Joyce El-Khoury plays Pauline in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November, as well as the upcoming Opera Rara recording of the opera. We found out what makes her tick by means of our tried and tested speed interview.

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Michael Spyres: Speed Interview

Sat 1 Nov 2014

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Our performance of Donizetti’s powerful opera Les Martyrs is fast approaching, with American tenor Michael Spyres singing the part of Polyeucte. Here he answers our speed interview questions:

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