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Why should I apply for your job?

Wed 27 May 2015

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We’re currently looking for a new Trusts and Corporates Manager, so we asked Harriet Lawrence, who currently looks after our fundraising from Trusts and Foundations, ‘What do you like about your job?’ Amazing colleagues, fun office, supremely talented Orchestra, sure. But what about the actual job?

1. I love the creative side of the role – it’s an opportunity to really think about where the gaps are in music provision and audience development and initiate change through raising funds for ambitious and innovative projects.

2. If you’re into writing, this is the development role for someone with a bit of flair and who can bring an idea to life on the page – it’s about persuading a funder that it’s a good fit for their foundation.

3. Working collaboratively is something I enjoy enormously – whether it’s across other departments such as Education and Marketing, or meeting with the large funders to discuss shared priorities.

4. Researching articles and developments within the sector in order to provide evidence of need to back up a proposal can also be interesting and gives me a real sense of the value of my work.

5. Much of our education work is delivered in some of the most deprived London boroughs and areas of the UK – there’s a sense of pride at being a valuable part of this process – without funding from my area, the majority of this work could not take place.

6. Opportunities exist to observe the work both in London and further afield which, again, is a valuable way of reminding me why I work in arts fundraising, particularly during times of uncertain public funding.

Applications for Trusts and Corporates Manager are now open. More details. 

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Results: Bees vs Wolves

Thu 21 May 2015

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Remember a while back when we asked you to vote for what we (along with our neighbours the London Sinfonietta) should sponsor with our recent ‘green week’ windfall, a bee colony or a wolf?

Well the results are now in.

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Programme notes – Stevie Wishart

Wed 13 May 2015

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Our final concert of the 2014–2015 season saw the world premiere of Stevie Wishart’s new composition, The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre. 

If you didn’t manage to get a copy of the programme notes at the concert then you can download a copy below. Visit the Programmes page to view the entire programme.

Download programme notes

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Exit interview: Michelle Buckley

Fri 8 May 2015

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Our Communications Trainee (also known as Marketing and Press Trainee), Michelle, leaves us today. Sad sad face. We got the 411 before she left.

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Current Distractions

Thu 7 May 2015

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Well our arts blog, Current Distractions, has taken a little break of late but it’s back today in a bumper classical music edition, dealing with awards, boycotts and much more besides – including a little smudge of visual art.

 

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OAE in King’s Lynn – pictures

Thu 7 May 2015

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Last week we were in residence in King’s Lynn – the second leg of our Three Town Tour, which also incorporates part of our Watercycle Education tour. While we were in town we performed no less than 6 concerts, including 2 schools concerts and an evening Community Concert.

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A fond (and temporary) farewell to the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wed 6 May 2015

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Next Tuesday, 12 May, it’s not only the last concert of our London season, it’s also our last concert in our main venue, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, for two whole years.

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Stevie Wishart’s Double Entendre in rehearsal

Wed 6 May 2015

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Next week we give the world premiere of a new piece by composer Stevie Wishart as part of our Rough with the Smooth concert at Southbank Centre.

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Ay up me ducks: the Orchestra crawls north

Wed 29 Apr 2015

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Our intrepid Deputy Director of Development, Harriet Lawrence, followed the Orchestra to Chesterfield. Here she reports back on what she found…

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BBC Proms

Thu 23 Apr 2015

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The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.

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Pre-concert talk: Beyond Beethoven

Mon 13 Apr 2015

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Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.  

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Pre-concert talk: performing the St Matthew Passion without a conductor

Wed 8 Apr 2015

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If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015

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Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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The wolves and the bees

Fri 27 Mar 2015

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Last week was green week here at the OAE (and our green neighbours, the London Sinfonietta). Through our ‘green bake sale’, we managed to raise a little bit of cash to put towards a green cause.

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Speed Interview: Robin Blaze

Fri 27 Mar 2015

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In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.

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OAE TOTS: What we played

Mon 23 Mar 2015

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We recently performed Pitter Patter Raindrops, the latest incarnation of our OAE TOTs concerts at Southbank Centre and The Anvil, Basingstoke. To those that came: thank you. We had great fun and hope you did too.

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Green Week

Fri 20 Mar 2015

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As you may or may not know, OAE is committed to environmental sustainability. We are so committed, in fact, that we are spending the whole week celebrating it alongside our office neighbours, the London Sinfonietta. Yes, that’s right: it’s Green Week.

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Bach: Maybe not such a misery after all

Thu 19 Mar 2015

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When asked to name their ideal dinner party guests, who would really say JS Bach?

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Operamaniac: The Baltic States

Mon 16 Mar 2015

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Call me a nerd but when I travel I like to explore the region’s musical tradition and culture. For me, tourism not only includes checking in (and selfies) at famous spots but also attending concerts and festivals.

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Congratulations Sir Simon

Fri 6 Mar 2015

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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment would like to congratulate the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle on his appointment as Music Director. 

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