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Halloween playlist

Fri 31 Oct 2014

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It’s Halloween, and we’ve cobbled together a ‘scary’ playlist from the OAE Office’s suggestions.

‘How scary can classical music be?’ you ask. Well, we received this suggestion via email from our finance department:

‘Bartok: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle (if you want just one scene I suggest the torture chamber, the pool of tears or the true horror of ‘the 7th door’!)’

Now listen to it, go forth, eat drink and be scary.

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Liz Kenny: Speed Interview

Fri 31 Oct 2014

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Our co-principal theorbo Liz Kenny is the creative mastermind behind our upcoming concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A couple of years ago she sat through our speed interview. So by now she’s probably finished The Wire, but possibly not that Charpentier biography… 

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Five and a half interesting things about the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Thu 30 Oct 2014

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So, we’re performing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next week. Let’s take it as read that you know the basics – it’s part of Shakespeare’s Globe, it’s a replica of a Jacobean theatre, it’s lit by candlelight etc. But there’s more…

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Preview: Le Malade Imaginaire at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tue 28 Oct 2014

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Well, first off we’d like to state that we didn’t pay Bill Barclay, the Globe’s Head of Music, to say such nice things about the OAE. But he did, so that’s lovely. Anyway, here’s a preview of our forthcoming concerts at the amazing Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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Syringes, air lute, candles and slapstick – Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Tue 28 Oct 2014

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Orchestral planning is a long-range business. Right now we’re planning projects in 2017 and 2018. So when a project that’s been in the diary a while actually comes around to happening it’s always exciting. Our collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe is actually a relative baby in the diary – we started talking about it a mere 14 months ago, but it’s still thrilling to be so close to it happening, especially with the project evolving so much in the last few months.

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Operamaniac

Mon 27 Oct 2014

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My heyday is over, and another must take my place. The world wants something new. Others have ceded their places to us and we must cede ours to still others… I am more than happy to give mine to people of talent like Verdi.’ – Gaetano Donizetti

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The French Beethoven: What the critics thought

Fri 24 Oct 2014

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On Wednesday we played our second concert of the new season, Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven, at the Royal Festival Hall. The results are now in:

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Current Distractions

Fri 24 Oct 2014

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It’s been big news in the orchestral world, with UK orchestras feeling distinctly shaken by the trouble their Irish colleagues are facing. The Ulster orchestra is in serious financial trouble.

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Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven October 22nd- Audience feedback

Thu 23 Oct 2014

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Last night we made our first outing this season at the Royal Festival Hall, flying the flag for the rarely heard composer George Onslow with his first symphony, alongside the overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz, and Beethoven’s great Eroica Symphony.

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David Kempster talks about Donizetti’s Les Martyrs

Thu 23 Oct 2014

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‘He finds out that Pauline is now shacked up with a new guy, and he’s not happy about that’

Baritone David Kempster sings the part of Sévère in Les Martyrs at the Royal Festival Hall on 4 November. He chatted to us about the character of Sévère, and some of the joys and difficulties of performing Donizetti.

Find out more about Les Martyrs.

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The Onslow Affair

Wed 22 Oct 2014

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Ahead of our concert, Flying the Flag: The French Beethoven, an anecdote from the life of the French Beethoven himself, George Onlsow: 

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven

Tue 21 Oct 2014

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Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…

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Live near Basingstoke? Join us for a special open rehearsal & drinks reception

Tue 21 Oct 2014

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We’re excited to be starting our second season as the Anvil Basingstoke’s Orchestra in Association this Friday and to celebrate we are inviting local OAE fans to a special open rehearsal and drinks reception.

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Really sad music

Mon 20 Oct 2014

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This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.

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Operamaniac

Fri 17 Oct 2014

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The OAE Office’s resident opera fan takes you through some 18th century opera house gossip.

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Playlist: The French Beethoven

Wed 15 Oct 2014

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So George Onslow was known as ‘the French Beethoven’, but what does that mean? What does he sound like?

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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about George Onslow

Tue 14 Oct 2014

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George Onslow (the ‘French Beethoven’) was famous during his lifetime, but is relatively unknown to modern audiences. As we lead up to our performance of his first symphony, here are seven things you (probably) didn’t know about him:

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Current Distractions

Fri 10 Oct 2014

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This is really cool.

We all know women can multitask, but singing two notes at once is a serious achievement.

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Your programmes last night…

Fri 10 Oct 2014

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As anyone who was at our concert last night will know, we had a slight mishap in that our programmes didn’t turn up…

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Cast and director announced for Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire

Wed 8 Oct 2014

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We’re very excited to be able to announce the cast and director for our November performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

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