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John Blow (1649-1708)

Mon 20 May 2019

John Blow/ The Man

Famous for teaching Purcell, being James II’s private musician and for landing his very first job as organist at Westminster Abbey, John Blow was born into humble origins in Nottingham in 1649.

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Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

Mon 20 May 2019

Purcell / The Man

Henry Purcell is often hailed as England’s greatest composer. Ever.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry Purcell

Mon 20 May 2019

The Night Shift

In honour of our upcoming concert with world-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge in Chelmsford, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.

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I know what you did last Summer…

Fri 17 May 2019

Richard Strauss had only just turned 18 when he composed his Violin Concerto during his school summer holidays.

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Exploring our SEN operas

Wed 15 May 2019

OAE Education reaches out much further than the concert hall.

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Bach: Toutes Suites programme

Mon 13 May 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Bach: Toutes Suites at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 14 May 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Toutes Suites NOT Toots Sweets

Thu 9 May 2019

Can you play Toutes Suites on a Toot Sweet? We asked our Principal flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, to give it a go.

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I’ve heard that before!

Thu 2 May 2019

It appears as though Bach’s Orchestral Suites aren’t only popular in the concert hall.

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Entering a World of Magic

Thu 25 Apr 2019

I was lucky on my very first day of work at the OAE to go on a ‘field-trip’ to watch a TOTS rehearsal for a brilliantly adapted production of The Magic Flute.

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Getting to grips with G&S

Tue 16 Apr 2019

This week’s Trial by Jury is our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s not something period instrument orchestras such as ourselves are really known for doing. So how did we approach it? Leader Margaret Faultless discusses her meeting with conductor John Wilson.

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Trial by Jury programme

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Trial by Jury at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 18 April 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Haute Savoy! Six essential Gilbert and Sullivan facts

Mon 15 Apr 2019

This week it’s Trial by Jury, our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan, the prolific Victorian-era standard bearers of English comic opera.

Are new to ‘G&S’? Then here are 6 essential facts about the wonderful world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Further Reading: Katherine Spencer

Tue 19 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our clarinet, Katherine Spencer (also known as Waffy), wrote about performing Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Further Reading: Martin Lawrence

Mon 18 Mar 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our horn player, Martin Lawrence, wrote about performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for 4 horns, as part of our concert with Sir András Schiff on Monday 18 March 2019 at Royal Festival Hall.

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Not all pianos are the same…

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Bluther 1867, restored by Edwin Beunk

When we play music from any era, we want to find instruments that replicate as closely as possible what musicians of the day would have used.

There’s no difference when it comes to the piano. For next week’s performances of Brahms Piano Concertos, our Principal Artist Sir András Schiff has picked a very special instrument dating back to 1867. It has some characteristics of the modern piano’s predecessor, the fortepiano.

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Brahms Piano Concertos Programme

Fri 15 Mar 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Brahms Piano Concertos 1 and 2 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 March 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Introducing the Oboe da Caccia

Wed 6 Mar 2019

“Its sound is very soothing, plaintive and I think slightly enigmatic”.

Our co-principal oboe Katharina Spreckelsen explores the mystery of the peculiar looking baroque instrument, the oboe da caccia.

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2019-20: Salvation and Damnation

Wed 27 Feb 2019

Today tickets go on sale for our new season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Salvation and Damnation. Why?

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Bach, the Universe and Everything Podcast 3

Sat 23 Feb 2019

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Here’s the latest Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast taken from the series at Kings Place.

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Introducing the 19th Century Horn

Why play a new instrument when we make music for old instruments?

Our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery performs a section from Schumann’s showstopping Konzertstück for Four Horns, and introduces a new ‘19th century-style’ horn. This instrument has valves, which makes performing such challenging repertoire possible.

Hear it in our upcoming concerts with Sir András Schiff, also featuring Brahms’ blockbuster piano concertos.  Find out more

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