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Introducing the Baroque Oboe

Fri 19 May 2017

‘The lack of keys on this instrument should never be seen as a disadvantage.’

Our Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

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Introducing the Baroque Flute

Fri 12 May 2017

“The wood makes the sound gentler and more… woody”

Meet the flute that our principal Lisa Beznosiuk uses for playing Bach, Handel, Rameau and people like that.

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Introducing the Baroque Trumpet

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s much longer and doesn’t have any valves whatsoever.’

OAE Principal Trumpet David Blackadder introduces the Baroque trumpet, including the instrument Bach only ever wrote one piece for.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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The Brandenburgs playlist

Mon 1 May 2017

Our landmark recording of the Brandenburg Concertos from 1987–88.

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The Brandenburgs programme

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our concert, The Brandenburgs, on Tuesday 2 May at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Faust and the Mozart Concertos programme

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our Faust and the Mozart Concertos concert on Tuesday 18 April at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 2

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Part 2 of Steven Devine’s blog from our Musical Landscapes education tour, starting in Durham.

Friday 3 March 2017

Early breakfast and back to Durham Johnston school for the first concert.  This featured students from Durham Johnston and nearby St Leonards alongside the OAE.  One of the highlights of the concerts on this day was a film that the OAE visual guru, Zen Grisdale, had put together of landmarks in the area – High Force waterfall to Durham city centre and much in between.  I’m having to rely on what people told me about this as I was sat under the screen playing every time it was shown so I never actually saw it!  The soundtrack, played live by students and us, was written by the GCSE students from the two schools and scored for OAE and them by James.  A really interesting collaboration and great music to play.

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Steven Isserlis and Haydn’s cello concerto in C

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis shows us his Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello and chats about Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C which he will be playing next week at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert programme

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 1

Thu 16 Mar 2017

Our Co-Principal Keyboardist Steven Devine gives us a peek behind the scenes as we kick off our nationwide education tour in Durham.

Wednesday 1 March 2017

A lot of OAE heading up to Durham today ready for early start TOTS concerts tomorrow.  I’m not needed so I’m squeezing in some teaching and checking my harpsichord over for broken strings, etc – it’s a single-strung instrument so a broken string means that the note doesn’t work.  Also there’s a lot of moving around to be done over the next couple of days and little time for repairs.  I’m using this particular instrument as it’s very easy to move by myself and takes 4 minutes to tune (that single-strung thing again) – very useful when a whole school is arriving in the hall before a concert…

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Sarah Connolly on Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été

Mon 20 Feb 2017

“It’s evocative of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, that sense of foreboding and drama..”

We caught up with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly in between rehearsals for Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle ‘Les nuits d’été’.

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Sarah Connolly’s Nights of Summer concert programme

Thu 16 Feb 2017

nights of summer

Here’s the programme for our Sarah Connolly’s Nights of Summer concert on Monday 20 February at the Royal Festival Hall.

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“Contribution to the whole is shared equally throughout the orchestra”

Thu 16 Feb 2017

If you attend our concert with Sarah Connolly next Monday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll notice there’s a big Orchestra, but no conductor.

Instead, our Leader Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra from the violin.

How does that work? And why are we attempting this musical high wire act? Kati explains.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seaons pt4

Fri 10 Feb 2017

The final film by OAE leader Kati Debretzeni taking an in depth look at Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, ahead of our Turning Points: Vivaldi concert at Kings Place.

This time Kati explores how different violinists and ensembles interpret Vivaldi’s notation differently to make The Four Seasons their own.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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Turning Points: Vivaldi concert programme

Fri 10 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our first concert in Kings Place’s Turning Points series – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on Saturday 11 February. You can also pick up a copy free of charge on the night itself.

The programme includes the sonnets Vivaldi wrote to accompany each of the four concertos, and director Kati Debretzeni’s notes on how to play them.

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Méhul: The First Romantic concert programme

Thu 9 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our Méhul: The First Romantic concert on Friday 10 February at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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In depth: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons pt3

Wed 8 Feb 2017

Kati Debretzeni looks at how Vivaldi uses music to paint a picture – Part 3 of her exploration of The Four Seasons.

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7.30pm, Sat 11 Feb, 2017, Kings Place
Vivald’s The Four Seasons

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Lost in the post: undiscovered Méhul

Tue 7 Feb 2017

Etienne Mehul

Six things you probably didn’t know about France’s revolutionary Romantic composer.

French composer Etienne Méhul was a musical innovator who helped drag music kicking and screaming into the 19th century. What’s more, his career spanned a remarkable time from the beginnings of the French Revolution to Napoleon.

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The Night Shift – back for 2017

Thu 2 Feb 2017

The Night Shift

New gigs

Since the last Night Shift of 2016 wound down in Peckham last November, we’ve been busy brewing up a storm for the New Year.

Throughout 2017 (ok, with a bit of a summer break), we’ll be back monthly rotating between the three venues you packed out for The Night Shift last year. That’s The George Tavern in Whitechapel (where we’re Resident Orchestra), the Old Queen’s Head in Islington and the CLF Art Café at the taco-tastic Bussey Building in Peckham.

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