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Really sad music

Mon 20 Oct 2014


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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Fri 17 Oct 2014


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


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


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

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014


A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Musicians and Staff pick their season highlights

Tue 7 Oct 2014


With our Southbank Centre season starting this Thursday we asked musicians and staff what OAE concerts in the forthcoming season they’re looking forward to most:

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Something to do this weekend

Thu 2 Oct 2014


It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.

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New season: Lisa Beznosiuk’s highlights

Mon 22 Sep 2014


Our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, tell us what she’s most looking forward to in our new season of concerts, which starts on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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‘A Day in the Life’ with OAE Orchestra Manager Philippa Brownsword

Tue 16 Sep 2014


This didn’t look like the hardest assignment I’d ever been given – write an amusing piece about a typical day on tour with the OAE. 

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Current Distractions

Sat 13 Sep 2014

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Politics, prizes and photoshop – what’s happening in the arts this week.

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Our 2014-2015 Brochure revealed

Thu 11 Sep 2014

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Well, it’s been a little (actually quite a lot) later in arriving than usual, but we’d like to think it’s been worth the wait. Today we can reveal our brand new brochure for 2014-2015 – with all the details of our season at London’s Southbank Centre and, of course, a fresh new look for the year ahead.

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2014-2015 concerts teaser

Wed 10 Sep 2014


As a follow of the OAE you’ll know that we give each concert season a distinct theme, identity and ‘look’ – with fresh designs and photography for each year. We’ll be revealing our look for the 2014-2015 year of concerts tomorrow – but in the meantime here’s a little teaser…

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3 years, 17 cakes, Farewell OAE

Mon 8 Sep 2014


I can’t quite believe it but I am leaving the OAE 3 years to the day after I started.  The past three years at the OAE have been a complete whirlwind with the brilliant, vast and varied projects that we undertake here in the education department and the fantastic concerts that the Orchestra offer.

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Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion to feature Baroque dance

Mon 8 Sep 2014


We’re thrilled to announce that our season opening concert on 9 October of one-act operas by Rameau is to feature Baroque choreography.

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Operamaniac: Silly Season

Tue 2 Sep 2014


The weather has turned. No more bikinis, martinis or sunburn. Summer is over. And with it goes Silly Season, the time of year when it all gets a bit too much and suddenly anything is news.

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Current Distractions

Fri 29 Aug 2014


In Current Distractions this week – new music, illustration and buried treasure. And not a bucket of iced water in sight.

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Introducing…the ‘other’ Beethoven.

Wed 27 Aug 2014


This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.

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