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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.

You’re probably very capable of picking out your own highlights – but here are just a few things to watch out for this autumn / winter.

Family concert: Watercycle
The perfect treat for what will be, lets face it, probably a dreary grey October Sunday. Join us on 19 October at 3pm for our lively and interactive family concert, Watercycle, looking at music inspired by water, about water or written to be played on Water. It does, of course, feature handel’s Water Music. Suitable for children aged 7-11 and their friends and families. Details/booking

Beethoven and his French wannabe
22 October sees us play Beethoven’s famed Eroica Symphony, but there’s also music from George Onslow. He was so famous and respected in his day he was nicknamed ‘The French Beethoven’. Hear his 1831 Symphony No.1, plus an overture from Berlioz. Details/booking

Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire
We make our debut in the fantasically atmospheric surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse  on 3 and 9 November with a dramatised performance of Charpentier’s music to Moliere’s play Le Malade Imaginaire (The Hypochondriac). Details/booking

The Works: Your guide to the classics
Our informal concerts that give you a guided tour of piece of music, plus chances to meet players, returns, with music from Dvorák, Grieg and Elgar. 23 November. Details/Booking

The Night Shift
Classical Music: Minus the Rules
Our late-night, beer welcome, series of events is back at Southbank on 23 November with a rich slice of string sonorities. These one- hour concerts are book-ended by live music and DJ sets and are presented from the stage by Alistair Appleton. Plus they’re also a bargain. Details/Booking

Lord of the Strings
Famed Ozzie violinist Richard Tognetti joins on 24 November us to direct an intriguing all-strings programme including pieces from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Elgar. Richard and his Australian Chamber Orchestra have recently been touring Europe to rave reviews so we’re really looking forward to his OAE debut. Details/booking

Images of Russia
OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jrowski returns on 15 January to conduct a full-blooded programme of Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky, with the legendary baritone Sergei Leiferkus singing scenes from Mussorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov. Super-sized OAE. Details/booking

The Tempest
And finally…we’re back at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for a very period take on Shakespeare – a dramatised version of The Tempest, done 17th century style, with music by Matthew Locke and others. Details/booking

To view all our concerts click right here.


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