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…Read More
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 festivalRead More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
A peek behind the scenes during rehearsals for Boyce’s Solomon – a Serenata.
Wildly popular in its day, Boyce’s Solomon even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. However…it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.
Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata was wildly popular in its day and even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. But it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.
Watch the video below for a sneak peek at our rehearsals.Read More
When Education Director Cherry Forbes calls you up about a project, you know it’s going to be something good and I’m laying my cards on the table – I’m not sure this one will be easily topped!Read More
Who doesn’t like a sing song from time to time? Impress your neighbours next time you’re in the shower with our handy phonetic guide to Ich ruf zu dir Jubilate Domino and Vater unser in Himmelreich by Praetorius, courtesy of Robert Howarth – both of which we perform this Friday at the Spitalfields Festival.Read More
Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of pop-up performances.Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions – surreal dogs, fun chocolate and a dormant crust of planetary mass that hasn’t spewed out anything hot in years.Read More
On 12 June we close our Southbank 2013-2014 Season with Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?, so called for its inclusion of Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata, which caused outrage when performed in front of Victorian audiences.Read More
Spitalfields! If it was an actual field you wouldn’t visit it, but it’s not, it’s a hive of cultural activity that we love, and this year we’re all over it.Read More
On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect…