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Hayley’s tour diary, pt3

Mon 26 Sep 2016

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Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen continues her blog of her experiences on tour at the Ryedale Festival, performing Handel’s opera Alcina in Perth and Musselburgh, Scotland.

It had been several weeks since our group of OAE experience players performed together at the Oriental Club in London and almost two months since our debut outing at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire (see Tour Diary parts 1 & 2). Looking forward to joining my fellow colleagues for our final performances of Handel’s Alcina, I was a bit anxious about the journey up to Scotland by plane. Travelling with instruments (a theme threaded throughout this entry) can be a precarious business and I was immediately caught off guard at the start of the journey…

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016

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Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

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The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016

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Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 2

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Hayley’s tour diary pt 1

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

OAE Experience bassoon Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Tue 26 July – The Night Shift live on YouTube

Mon 25 Jul 2016

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Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

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Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Back on the road

Mon 11 Jul 2016

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We’re very pleased that, with help from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, we’re going back on tour in England in 2017 with a new series called Musical Landscapes.

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016

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“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016

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We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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Watercycle – the charity single

Tue 21 Jun 2016

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We’ve just released what we think may be the world’s first charity single recorded on 17th century instruments.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

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If you want info on all the concerts in our 2016-17 Southbank Centre residency in one handy place, we’ve just published our new brochure for next season.

Highlights include the return of Isabelle Faust to perform two of Mozart’s violin concertos, and international opera star Sarah Connolly tackling Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle, Les Nuits d’été. And we’re staging Bach’s mighty Christmas Oratorio over two nights at Cadogan Hall, performing for the first time with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki.

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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016

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‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Beverley: The Age Old Story

Fri 27 May 2016

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OAE Education Director and oboe player, Cherry Forbes, updates us on what’s happening up in Yorkshire. 

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21 years of photographing the OAE

Thu 12 May 2016

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When I was first commissioned by the OAE I never dreamed that it would turn into a marriage of such long duration. The length and breadth of the collaboration has lasted over twenty years now, and long may it continue! It has afforded me the opportunity to get to know many of the players, which as time passes allows for an intimacy and a trust that is very rare in photography, a profession that, like the proverbial shark, requires constant forward movement.

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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016

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‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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Performing new music: we explain all

Wed 27 Apr 2016

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“The orchestra’s chief artistic mission is to make old music new. For the OAE, the importance of being involved with contemporary music has over the years become obvious and vital.”

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Tour diary – London to Paris

Fri 22 Apr 2016

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This week we’re on tour in France and Belgium with our Bruckner programme conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Although it’s one of our easiest trips in terms of travel and visa arrangements, it’s also one of the largest orchestras we’ve ever taken overseas. On my first tour, I was interested to find out just how you get an 80-piece orchestra, invaluable period instruments, and one of the world’s leading conductors around Europe.

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Irish flutes in Bruckner?

Wed 20 Apr 2016

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Lisa Beznosiuk shows us the flute she is playing in Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.

Hear it this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall, London:

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner

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