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The Works 24 Nov- pictures

Wed 17 Dec 2014

What better way to spend a Monday night in November than having a guided tour of some fantastic classical music, and that’s exactly what we provided at the Queen Elizabeth Hall this season. 

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The Works 24 Nov- Audience Feedback

Wed 26 Nov 2014

Australian violinist Richard Tognetti led our string orchestra in The Works on Monday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Richard Tognetti

Wed 29 Oct 2014

We’re very excited that Richard Tognetti is directing our next concert in The Works series.

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Speed Interview – Zeb Soanes

Fri 14 Mar 2014

Zeb Soanes Cred. Dan Hall

BBC Four and Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes joins us on Wednesday to present The Works. Here he tells us about his worst fears and shares a few tips for aspiring presenters.

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Sigiswald Kuijken on Newsnight

Fri 14 Mar 2014

The Works OAE

Many of you may have noticed Violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken, on yesterday’s edition of Newsnight. Sigiswald joined Emily Maitless to play the show out with a rendition of Bach’s Bourrée No.1 from Suite No. 3 BWV 1009. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it below.

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The Works Trailer

Fri 7 Mar 2014


On 19 March we give you a step-by-step guide to masterpieces from Vivaldi and Bach.  This performance will feature the violoncello da spalla, a long-lost instrument played here by spalla expert Sigiswald Kuijken.

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Bach and Vivaldi Playlist

Fri 7 Mar 2014

The Works returns on 19 March with a pair of Baroque masterpieces played on the ‘extinct’ violoncello da spalla.  Click on the playlist below for a taste of the music played on modern cellos.

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6 Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About JS Bach

Wed 12 Feb 2014


The Works returns on 19 March with a performance of  Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  in G (along with Vivaldi’s concerto in D for violoncello da spalla).  To prepare for the upcoming concert, we present you with 6 little known facts about JS Bach.

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The Works – Beethoven

Wed 6 Nov 2013

The Works

Tomorrow night we head over to Queen Elizabeth Hall for a step-by-step guide to one of Beethoven’s favourite works; Symphony No. 8.  Here’s a look at what you can expect.

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“My Little Symphony in F”

Fri 1 Nov 2013

Beethoven is said to have affectionately referred to Symphony No. 8 as ‘my little Symphony in F’.  Written in 1812, the Symphony consists of four movements and is considered one of his more joyful, light hearted works.  Playing with sturcture and form, there are many parts of the compostion which he put in as ‘musical jokes’.

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The Works – back with Beethoven

Fri 25 Oct 2013

The Works returns to Southbank Centre on 7 November with music from the musical giant that is Beethoven.

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The Works: 26 March pictures

Fri 29 Mar 2013

We thought we’d share some pics from our The Works event on Tuesday, where we were treated to a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, sung by the wonderful Elin Manahan Thomas and William Purefoy and directed by our Principal Keyboard Player, Steven Devine. 

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Speed date the OAE

Mon 25 Mar 2013

Yes you did read that right. At tomorrow’s The Works concert we’re giving you the chance to take part in our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Speed Interview – William Purefoy

Wed 20 Mar 2013

Countertenor William Purefoy joins us for The Works on 26 March, to explore Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  Here’s what he had to say when given our speed interview.

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The Works returns with Pergolesi: video teaser

Thu 28 Feb 2013

For those of you who haven’t tried out one of our The Works concerts yet, we’ve got a great event coming up next month at Southbank Centre on 26 March.

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The Works: 6 November pictures

Mon 12 Nov 2012

We thought we’d share some pictures from our The Works event last week, where we gave a step by step guide to Mozart’s fourth Horn concerto and his Linz Symphony, all presented on stage by Hannah Conway.
Afterwards, we welcomed the audience on stage, where they got to meet OAE musicians and ask them their burning questions in our ‘speed-dating’ event.

All pictures are by Joe Plommer and you can view the full set over on Facebook or Flickr.

Our next The Works event is in the new year with a night of Pergolesi, featuring soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and countertenor William Purefoy- check out full details here.

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Speed date the OAE: tonight!

Tue 6 Nov 2012

Yes you did read that right. At tonight’s The Works concert we’re repeating our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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The Works: a meal before Mozart

Sat 3 Nov 2012

Ahead of our The Works concert this Tuesday at the Southbank Centre, we thought we’d give you a bit of a heads-up on where to eat beforehand.  As the main concert starts at 8pm, there’s plenty of time to sample some warm and tasty food from one of the many culinary choices alongside the Thames.  Here’s our top picks for where to go to fill your belly…

If you want something easy:
Head over to Pizza Express, where you know you’ll get speedy service, delicious Italian fare and did we mention doughballs?
Pizza heaven (and cheap too- check out their offers page to see if they have any deals on).

Something spicy:
Wahaca, known for its award-winning Mexican street food, has just opened at Southbank Centre, with a restaurant made of eight shipping containers- worth a visit for that alone.  Don’t leave without trying the slow cooked pork tacos, followed by churros and chocolate- perfect for a chilly Tuesday night.

Something different:
Ping Pong.  This Chinese dim sum restaurant is a fantastic place to relax with friends and share some amazing food- which is what Dim Sum is all about.  We recommend trying the Ping Pong selection menu so you can try a bit of everything, accompanied with a Jasmine martini. Tasty stuff.

There’s also loads of other places nearby, including Giraffe, Strada, Yo!Sushi, Wagamamas and many more.  Check out the Southbank Centre website for full info.

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The Works: Audience feedback from March 2012

Thu 25 Oct 2012

The audience from our last The Works event tell us what they thought of the night.

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Speed Interview: Hannah Conway

Wed 24 Oct 2012

Hannah Conway will be presenting our first The Works concert of the 2012-2013 OAE season on 6 November at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We chatted to her in our latest speed interview…

What/when was your big breakthrough?
I’m not sure I ever had one! I have had wonderful opportunities with many fantastic orchestras and opera houses. I suppose my first job, working for two years with the London Symphony Orchestra was instrumental in launching me into the business.

What do you fear the most?
The crazy speed of life – and not being able to slow down.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My husband’s!

What – or where – is perfection?
Any empty beach on the north Norfolk coast.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Definitely Wonderwoman! I love the boots, the spin and the gold bangles.

What’s your favourite ritual?
A hot bath after a long commute.

Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
I admire many people in my life, but mostly – friends and family who I see giving huge amounts to others.

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I would love to be able to draw or paint really brilliantly – I am still at the ‘stick man’ phase!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Ah ha! There are so many aren’t there! – A good work-life balance is invaluable.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
A real mixture always depending on my work – at the moment it is a Tinie Tempah track for a gig that I am conducting at the O2 Arena and also Steve Reich’s Desert Music for an LSO composition project. I don’t listen to much music outside of work. I need my silence!

What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
The musicians are such lovely, vibrant people who are constantly curious about life and passionate about music.


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