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Operamaniac – 5 Operas to see before you die

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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We all have our favourite operas (if you are into opera, of course). And frequently an intense debate among opera fanatics can arise over who is the best composer. After two hundred years we still debate about Wagner and Verdi, two amazing composers that changed opera forever. With this in mind, I have recently been asked the following: “Daniel, if you had to nominate five (and only five) operas that everyone must see before they die, what would they be?”

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Flash Sale!

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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Trouble drinking, walking and eating Easter eggs all at once?  Now, thanks to the OAE Travel Mug, your troubles are over.

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Luise Buchberger: Speed Interview

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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Luise was recently announced as the OAE’s new Co-Principal Cello.  We had a chance to chat with her about her musical background, why she was attracted to the OAE and what career she would have if she was not a cellist (the answer may surprise you!)

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The OAE Hall of Shame 2014

Tue 15 Apr 2014

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Every year, radio station Classic FM announces its very popular Hall of Fame. The public vote for their favourite pieces of music and then the top 300 is revealed.  So far, so standard.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Press reviews

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…

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Simon says….please donate!

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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In a few weeks time we will be reunited with Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle for one of the highlights of our current season – Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall, a concert that promises to be another landmark moment in Sir Simon’s relationship with the OAE, which dates back to 1987, the year after the Orchestra was founded.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – audience vox pops

Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Back on Tuesday we bought Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats to the Royal Festival Hall, with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Schubert’s Symphony No.9 conducted by Semyon Bychkov. We caught up with the audience afterwards and here’s what they said.

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What’s the perfect mood for enjoying a concert?

Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Does the mood you’re in affect the way you enjoy (or don’t) a concert? This was what I was pondering at times during Tuesday’s concert.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Listen again

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9.  But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing.  So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Audience reactions

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.  Here’s what you had to say about it….

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Player Picks: Beethoven Symphony 7 & Schubert Symphony 9

Mon 7 Apr 2014

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Ahead of our Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats concert at the Royal Festival Hall we asked OAE players for their recommended recordings of the music featured in the concert – Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Schubert’s Symphony No.9, Great.

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Watch the OAE rehearse Schubert Symphony No.9

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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Our intrepid cameraman Zen ventured out to the wilds of Hammersmith this morning to capture the OAE at work, rehearsing Schubert’s Symphony No.9.

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Got hole punches? Win Zaïs prizes

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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With our performance of Rameau’s opera Zaïs now just a few weeks away we’re about to send out the postcards to just about anyone who might be interested. This though, is a mailing with a difference…

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Schubert Symphony No. 9 – Six truths and one lie

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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We’re performing Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 April (also at Basingstoke’s Anvil on 5 April). See if you can spot the one lie amongst the facts on Schubert’s Great Symphony…

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – sexism, crime, nudity and wild animals. Plus, classical music.

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Luise Buchberger announced as new Co-Principal Cellist

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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We are pleased to announce, after a two year audition process, that Luise Buchberger has been appointed as our new Co-Principal Cellist. 

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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla.  It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…

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Top 5 Reasons to apply to be our new Marketing and Press trainee

Tue 1 Apr 2014

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As I end my three-month placement within the OAE as the Marketing and Press trainee, I have compiled a list of the 5 reasons YOU should apply for the position.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Beethoven’s Symphony 7

Mon 31 Mar 2014

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Beethoven’s 7th Symphony will be featured in our upcoming concert on 8 April in Royal Festival Hall (and 5 April at the Anvil in Basingstoke)  Here are a few things you (probably) didn’t know about it…

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A forgotten cello with Sigiswald Kuijken: your thoughts…

Fri 28 Mar 2014

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On 25 March we had the pleasure of playing with Sigiswald Kuijken on the violoncello da spalla.  Here is what you had to say about the concert.

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