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30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Thu 19 Feb 2015

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With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

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Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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The OAE Academy

Fri 13 Feb 2015

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The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.

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7 Examples of Bohemianism

Fri 6 Feb 2015

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The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.

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Flying the Flag: The Bohemians – Myslivecek

Thu 5 Feb 2015

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OAE musicians talk about the little known composer Myslivecek and his music.

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Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781)

Composer

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His Times Mysliveček followed the standard 18th-century route into composing, starting in the church and ending in the theatre. This was a time when composers were itinerant and needed aristocratic patronage: Mysliveček got support from Count Vincenz von Waldstein and traveled to Rome in 1763 to learn his operatic craft with his schooling as a church violinist (and his previous life as an apprentice miller) behind him.

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Playlist: The Bohemians

Mon 2 Feb 2015

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We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).

The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.

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The Afflicted

Fri 30 Jan 2015

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Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.

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Clarinet

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The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.

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Martin Lawrence

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Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.

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30 years of breaking the rules: 2015-2016 concerts announced

Thu 22 Jan 2015

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This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…

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Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Composer

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His times: Russia and Russian music were alive with nationalism in the mid 1800s when Tchaikovsky was born in a small town in present-day Udmurtia. But while Tchaikovsky’s music irrefutably grew from Russian soil – and often sounds like it too – the composer wasn’t interested in traditional notions of musical nationalism.

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Vladimir Jurowski on Boris Godunov

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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CPE Bach, Symphonies CD

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The newest CD on our OAE Released label features the music of CPE Bach – a trailblazer, whose music is bright and effervescent. Music that constantly shifts, wrong-footing the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of colour and direction.

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Music Censorship

Wed 14 Jan 2015

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This Thursday, we perform scenes from the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Falling foul of censors at the Imperial Theatres (primarily, it appears, for its lack of a leading female role), this version did not receive its world premier until 1928.

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Vladimir Jurowksi on Tchaikovsky

Thu 8 Jan 2015

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‘Hearing Tchaikovsky played on those instruments was an absolute revelation.’ 

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Hot, sweaty and boozy. What happened when the OAE went clubbing?

Fri 19 Dec 2014

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A month or so ago we took our late night series, The Night Shift, out clubbing, with a visit to the Vauxhall institution that is Duckie

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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed 17 Dec 2014

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The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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Go East! The OAE in Russia

Thu 11 Dec 2014

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Those of you on Facebook will have seen the picture we posted yesterday showing some of the office team celebrating the approval of our Russian Visas – after quite a lengthy and complicated process! We said at the time we’d tell you more about our Russian trip so here goes…

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Rossini, La Cenerentola

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Price: £20.00 Buy Now

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Cast Ruxandra Donose, Maxim Mironov, Alessandro Corbelli, Raquela Sheeran

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2 CDs includes libretto

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