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The OAE goes clubbing. Again.

Fri 24 Jul 2015

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Back in November last year we took our late-night series The Night Shift, clubbing, appearing at the legendary Vauxhall institution that is Duckie. This September we’re doing it all over again.

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Current Distractions

Fri 10 Jul 2015

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Our increasingly irregular arts blog, Current Distractions, is back. This week I’m looking at expressing disapproval, arts and politics in the news, classical CD Sales (or lack of), movers and shakers and lastly, graffiti wars.

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Heatwave Playlist

Wed 1 Jul 2015

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To mark the hottest day of the year so far we asked around the OAE office for everyone’s top heatwave tracks – music to celebrate summer and to chill out to. And here are the results.

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Pre-concert talk: Stevie Wishart

Tue 16 Jun 2015

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Susannah Simons talks to composer Stevie Wishart about her new commission for the OAE entitled ‘Rough with the smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre’. We performed the piece on 12 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 

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Canada bound: William Norris to leave the OAE

Thu 11 Jun 2015

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After ten and a half years at the OAE, William Norris, Communications and Creative Programming Director, is moving on to pastures new. Pastures quite far away, in fact.

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Operamaniac: Horses for Courses

Thu 4 Jun 2015

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This season has been particularly interesting for Donizetti fans in London. From Opera Rara’s Les Martyrs to Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, not to mention ETO’s performances of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, we have seen a revival of unknown or almost forgotten operas by this workaholic Italian genius,  together with some of his most famous works such as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera.

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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?’

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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.

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Stevie Wishart on her new composition

Tue 12 May 2015

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New Music for Old Instruments: Composer Stevie Wishart talks about her new commission for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment entitled “The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre”.

The piece was performed on 12 May 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

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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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