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Not all audiences are the same: Ella and Martin

Thu Jun 14 2012

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We’ve had a brief break in our series of audience / orchestra interviews, because we’ve had so much going on elsewhere with the Simon Rattle tour. However we’re catching up now, so here’s an interview with OAE viola player (and Vice Chairman of the Orchestra) Martin Kelly and audience member Ella.


Audience member Ella

Tell us a bit about you, your work and hobbies.

I’m a News editor at CBS News on the foreign desk, ocean racing in my spare time, yoga fanatic.

How did you hear about the ‘Not all audiences are the same’ campaign?

A very good friend was interning at the OAE and encouraged me to go for it.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?

Absolutely fabulous, had a wonderful time, lots of fun and everyone was a delight to work with.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.

Power dressing in a purple laced matador jacket and golden silk trousers.

How would you describe the OAE to a friend?

Fabulous, unrivalled entertainment! Perfect mix of fun, charisma and talent.

How would you say the OAE is different to other Orchestras?

They take life a little less seriously, the way music should be enjoyed.


Martin Kelly, OAE viola 

Martin Kelly


Tell us a bit about you, your work with the OAE and your hobbies outside of it

I come from Falmouth in Cornwalland consider myself very lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful place. Music really started to interest me once I joined the National Youth Orchestra and I still play with many colleagues now who I first met there.

The oae has been a big part of my life for nearly 25 years and I feel very privileged to still be asked to play. Away from the viola I really enjoy Pilates and swimming. I’m trying to finish my 26 miles swimming which I promised for our wonderful project “Anthem for a Child“. The only difficulty is finding the time to get into the water.

How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?

The photo shoot is always fun with Eric Richmond. His studio is like a dream apartment and he always plays really cool music. This time I was teamed up with a gorgeous blonde so all  I needed to do was not ruin the shot. She was so excited. It was a real pleasure.

Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.

When you have such a lovely partner you don’ t need anything other than a black suit.

How would you describe the OAE to a friend? How is it different to other orchestras you might play in or listen to?

It’s a hard question to answer from the inside. Our projects are so varied and we work with such talented conductors and colleagues that hopefully our excitement comes over to the listeners in concert. Long may we carry on searching to play wonderful varied music with joy and commitment.

What’s been your favourite moment to date playing with the OAE?

It has to be Mozart’s Idomeneo with Simon Rattle in 1987. It was the start of an amazing relationship with this incredible musician. Aren’t we lucky!

If you could pick one concert to see in our 2012-2013 season which one would it be and why?

The concert with William Christie performing a tribute to the wonderful mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She was such a moving artist. We have asked three wonderful young singers to sing arias from Handel operas that Lorraine performed. Many of us will never forget her in Theodora at Glyndebourne.

What’s the most listened-to track at the moment on your ipod (classical or non classical)?

La Mer has to be my most listened to composition at the moment. We have just started to rehearse with Simon. What a evocative score. Its going to be quite a project.


Here are a selection of pictures of Ella and Martin, including the final picture used and some outtakes.  All pictures are by Eric Richmond.








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