Susannah Simons talks to composer Stevie Wishart about her new commission for the OAE entitled ‘Rough with the smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre’. We performed the piece on 12 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.Read More
After ten and a half years at the OAE, William Norris, Communications and Creative Programming Director, is moving on to pastures new. Pastures quite far away, in fact.Read More
This season has been particularly interesting for Donizetti fans in London. From Opera Rara’s Les Martyrs to Glyndebourne’s Poliuto, not to mention ETO’s performances of The Siege of Calais and The Wild Man of the West Indies, we have seen a revival of unknown or almost forgotten operas by this workaholic Italian genius, together with some of his most famous works such as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera.Read More
We’re currently looking for a new Trusts and Corporates Manager, so we asked Harriet Lawrence, who currently looks after our fundraising from Trusts and Foundations, ‘What do you like about your job?’Read More
Remember a while back when we asked you to vote for what we (along with our neighbours the London Sinfonietta) should sponsor with our recent ‘green week’ windfall, a bee colony or a wolf?
Well the results are now in.Read More
Hear Les Martyrs, the latest in the Orchestra’s collaboration with Opera Rara, conducted from a new critical edition of the score by OAE Principal Artist, Sir Mark Elder.Read More
Our final concert of the 2014–2015 season saw the world premiere of Stevie Wishart’s new composition, The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre.
If you didn’t manage to get a copy of the programme notes at the concert then you can download a copy below.Read More
New Music for Old Instruments: Composer Stevie Wishart talks about her new commission for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment entitled “The Rough with the Smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre”.
The piece was performed on 12 May 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.Read More
Our Communications Trainee (also known as Marketing and Press Trainee), Michelle, leaves us today. Sad sad face. We got the 411 before she left.Read More
Well our arts blog, Current Distractions, has taken a little break of late but it’s back today in a bumper classical music edition, dealing with awards, boycotts and much more besides – including a little smudge of visual art.
Last week we were in residence in King’s Lynn – the second leg of our Three Town Tour, which also incorporates part of our Watercycle Education tour. While we were in town we performed no less than 6 concerts, including 2 schools concerts and an evening Community Concert.Read More
Next Tuesday, 12 May, it’s not only the last concert of our London season, it’s also our last concert in our main venue, Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, for two whole years.Read More
Next week we give the world premiere of a new piece by composer Stevie Wishart as part of our Rough with the Smooth concert at Southbank Centre.Read More
Our intrepid Deputy Director of Development, Harriet Lawrence, followed the Orchestra to Chesterfield. Here she reports back on what she found…Read More
The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.Read More
Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.Read More
If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.Read More
Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.Read More
Last week was green week here at the OAE (and our green neighbours, the London Sinfonietta). Through our ‘green bake sale’, we managed to raise a little bit of cash to put towards a green cause.Read More
In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.Read More