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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Rinaldo

Thu 7 Aug 2014


As we prepare to perform Rinaldo at Glyndebourne, here are 6 things you may not have previously known about Handel’s opera.

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Get to know us better by becoming an OAE Friend!  Your support will enable us to continue to promote a lively and varied programme of events and concerts over the season, and as a Friend we will enable you to become more closely involved in the life of the Orchestra with opportunities to meet OAE players and staff.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014


Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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Current Distractions

Fri 1 Aug 2014


Looking for a new desk? Look no further. No further than the bottom of this page, at least. And do read the other items on your way down. They’re good stuff.

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The Aftershow: Annette Isserlis and Margaret Faultless in conversation

Wed 30 Jul 2014


Well we must admit we have been rather remiss in getting our pre and post concert talks up online this year. Apologies, but we’re now doing our best to catch up and post remaining talks we have on file up here.

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Concerts announced at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Fri 25 Jul 2014

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

We’re very excited to be able to announce four concerts in the coming season at the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, next to the Globe on the Southbank.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014


We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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Getting crafty…the Watercycle appeal

Mon 21 Jul 2014


Last week we broke out the Pritt sticks and got crafty here at the OAE office, to fashion some rather special envelopes for our new Education Appeal.

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Current Distractions

Fri 18 Jul 2014


You may have read some blog posts recently about the departure of Matt, who was the most frequent compiler of Current Distractions. He has now left the building (in a literal rather than figurative sense) and so it falls upon me, as his replacement, to do it. This week it’s all about fake and dangerous art, slow motion and heartbeats. Here goes….

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Video Vault: 10 minutes with OAE Music Librarian Colin Kitching

Wed 16 Jul 2014

Colin Kitching Video

We had a rummage through our archives and found this gem from back in 2008 which we thought was worth sharing with you all. Then intern Nick Cooke traveled out to deepest Chesham to meet up with OAE Librarian Colin Kitching. The video includes rare footage of the OAE’s legendary music shed…

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Kati Debretzeni: NCEM podcast

Thu 10 Jul 2014


This Sunday we’re in York for the Early Music Festival at the National Centre for Early Music. Directing the programme is OAE Leader Kati Debretzeni – and of this podcast she talks about the programme that the Orchestra has put together for the festival

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Who murdered Jean-Marie Leclair?

Wed 9 Jul 2014

Crime Scene

Ahead of our 13 July concert in York, here’s a little intrigue around the death of composer Jean-Marie Leclair…

The funeral of Jean-Marie Leclair, one of the most famous of France’s violinists and composers, took place on 25th October 1764. He had been killed in front of his house two days earlier, stabbed three times in the back.  So who had committed this horrible crime?

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Current Distractions

Fri 4 Jul 2014

Greg Klassen

With regular writer Matt now having left us for pastures new (but clearly not pastures better), I’m stepping into the Current Distractions breach this week – which will consequently mostly be about Glastonbury.

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OAE retains Arts Council England Funding

Tue 1 Jul 2014


We are delighted to be able to announce that we have today received confirmation from Arts Council England that the Orchestra will continue to funded as one of ACE’s National Portfolio Organisations during the period 2015-2018.  The funding of £203,904 each year from 2015-16 to 2017-18 will enable the OAE to realise many of its artistic ambitions over the coming years, including our touring around England and our pioneering education programme, as well as our show-case series of concerts at Southbank Centre.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera

Mon 30 Jun 2014


We’re currently performing La Finta Giardiniera at Glyndebourne Opera House. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this Mozart opera, check it out and tell us about it!

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Exit Interview: Matthew Grindon

Thu 26 Jun 2014


Our Marketing and Press Officer, Matthew Grindon, responsible for a lot of the content on this website and on social media, left the OAE team last week for pastures new. We put our Exit Interview questions to him…

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Current Distractions

Fri 20 Jun 2014

Current Distractions

As I will sadly be leaving the OAE this is my last arts blog, but stay tuned; my fantastic colleagues will be taking over and shall continue to bring you interesting things from the art world.  I’ve really enjoyed doing this and so thanks to everyone who read it! (aka my mum).  Only joking – my mum never reads it.

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Tue 17 Jun 2014


Opera might have emerged as a form of art to entertain the rich and powerful, but it soon became used as a way to express political and social discontent. You might think such liberties are only a product of the 20th century, but the fact is kings and governments throughout history have trembled and even fallen because of Opera.

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Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? – Audience and Press Reactions

Mon 16 Jun 2014


On 12 June we filled the airwaves with our live concert of Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? featuring music from William Boyce and Handel at Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Whether you were there or listening at home, many of you shared your thoughts via the magic of the interweb.  Here we share some of your comments. But first, a word from the critics.

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Mary Bevan replaces Lucy Crowe this evening

Thu 12 Jun 2014

Mary Bevan crop

Unfortunately, due to illness, Lucy Crowe is unable to join us for tonight’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. However we are delighted to announce that Mary Bevan will join us instead. We’re very grateful to Mary for stepping in at such short notice. Please find Mary’s biography below:

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