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The Piano Tuner

Mon 23 Nov 2015


‘What I do now, for these concerts, is make the sound beautiful.’

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From deep within the OAE archive #1: Bach’s double violin concerto

Fri 20 Nov 2015


Margaret Faultless introduces a 1990 recording from BBC Scotland featuring the first movement of Bach’s double violin concerto.

Spot current OAE players Alison Bury (soloist), Cathy Weiss, Richard Tunnicliffe, Annette Isserlis, and Margaret Faultless.

We perform the same piece at St John’s Smith Square on 24 November (with Margaret) and the West London Synagogue on 22 November.


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Mendelssohn in Scotland

Fri 6 Nov 2015


Former OAE Chief-Executive Stephen Carpenter, now of Mendelssohn in Scotland, is doing a talk before our concert with Sir Andras Schiff. Here he outlines the content of that talk and the journey around Scotland that inspired some of his best-loved works. 

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Down the sewer, in the pub and into the community – Watercycle in film: Part Three

Fri 30 Oct 2015


The 3rd and final part of our film on OAE Education’s Watercycle residency in Brighton.

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The West London Synagogue

Tue 27 Oct 2015


We’re taking a break from our 30th birthday season at Southbank Centre to pay a visit to the stunning West London Synagogue, just off Edgware Road.

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Watch: 30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Fri 9 Oct 2015


The OAE archive is huge. In just 30 short years we’ve amassed a lot of stuff. Here at OAE HQ and at a secret warehouse location in Hounslow we’ve got boxes and boxes of OAE goodies.

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The pick of the season: OAE Staff

Thu 1 Oct 2015


With our 2015-2016 Birthday concert season almost upon us, we asked OAE staff to tell us about what concerts they are looking forward to most:

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Late nights and difficult glockenspiels. The OAE in Bucharest.

Wed 30 Sep 2015


Earlier this week cellist Josh Salter blogged about our trip to Eisenstadt. What his blog didn’t tell you however is that for some musicians our hectic schedule meant landing from Austria and going straight into rehearsal for our next tour – to Bucharest.

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Cellist Josh Salter joins the OAE on tour to Eisenstadt, Austria

Mon 28 Sep 2015


I recently had the great pleasure of joining the OAE on a little tour to Eisenstadt, Austria, playing a little bit of Schubert and lots of Haydn in the Esterhazy Palace where he worked. It was my first international tour, and my first freelance work with the OAE, having been a member of the Ann and Peter Law Experience Scheme this year.

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OAE announced as Duckie Resident Orchestra

Mon 21 Sep 2015

OAE Duckie

Orchestras like to have a home base. And they preferably like it to be pretty prestigious. Even glitzy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is no exception.

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New blood

Mon 7 Sep 2015

Anna Hughes

Hi, I’m Anna and I’m new to the Marketing and Press team at the OAE. I have always admired the work of the Orchestra and can’t wait to get started! Having recently graduated in Music from Oxford University I am really looking forward to pursuing a career in the Arts.

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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

Watercycle Part 2

In the second film from our Watercycle residency in Brighton we look at our work with local primary schools, where our fundraising efforts for Wateraid have been incorporated into the music making.

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Pre-concert talk: The origins of Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Wed 19 Aug 2015

Preconcert talk on Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Another one from the vaults: A pre-concert talk from March earlier this year when we performed two much-loved pieces in the classical repertoire – Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Brahm’s Violin Concerto.  

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Pre-Concert talk: Vladimir Jurowski talks about Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Vladimir Jurowski

It has to be admitted we’re very bad at posting our archived pre-concert talks! We promise to be better in future.

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“Our most spontaneous audience” Watercycle in film: Part One

Tue 11 Aug 2015


We’re mid-way through our most ambitious education project to date, Watercycle – visiting 9 towns and cities across England and reaching more than 10,000 young people. So, a good moment to take stock and see what’s been happening to date.

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Behind the scenes at our Birthday photoshoot.

Fri 7 Aug 2015


A little glimpse behind the scenes as we shot the pictures for our recently released 2015-2016 concerts brochure.

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2015-2016 OAE Brochure online

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Phillip Bainbridge

Our 2015-2016 Southank Brochure now exists in virtual form for you to browse, and includes all events in our 30th Birthday  Southbank Centre season including newly announced OAE TOTS and Insight Morning events.

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New events now on sale

Wed 5 Aug 2015

Debbie Diamond

We’ve just announced some new events as part of our 2015-2016 Birthday Season, details below, plus details of a new Night Shift event and other recently-announced concerts outside of our main season:

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The OAE goes clubbing. Again.

Fri 24 Jul 2015


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


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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