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Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Double Bass


Cecelia was always set on being a flautist when she was growing up, and at age 11 she was offered a place at the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016


We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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Watercycle – the charity single

Tue 21 Jun 2016


We’ve just released what we think may be the world’s first charity single recorded on 17th century instruments.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

Katharine Spreckelsen

If you want info on all the concerts in our 2016-17 Southbank Centre residency in one handy place, we’ve just published our new brochure for next season.

Highlights include the return of Isabelle Faust to perform two of Mozart’s violin concertos, and international opera star Sarah Connolly tackling Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle, Les Nuits d’été. And we’re staging Bach’s mighty Christmas Oratorio over two nights at Cadogan Hall, performing for the first time with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki.

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The forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’

Fri 27 May 2016


‘When we play it, it invokes the horns of the forest. Which is where we all come from, ancestrally, as horn players.’

As the OAE horn section rehearse, Martin Lawrence talks about the forest, Weber, horns and that ‘sort of ghostly sound’.

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Beverley: The Age Old Story

Fri 27 May 2016


OAE Education Director and oboe player, Cherry Forbes, updates us on what’s happening up in Yorkshire. 

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21 years of photographing the OAE

Thu 12 May 2016

Eric Richmond

When I was first commissioned by the OAE I never dreamed that it would turn into a marriage of such long duration. The length and breadth of the collaboration has lasted over twenty years now, and long may it continue! It has afforded me the opportunity to get to know many of the players, which as time passes allows for an intimacy and a trust that is very rare in photography, a profession that, like the proverbial shark, requires constant forward movement.

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Vladimir Jurowski



‘They are an inspiration to me.’  Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.

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Max Mandel chats about Mozart and American composer Michael Gordon

Thu 5 May 2016


‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’

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The flute has appeared in many guises over the ages, making it the orchestral instrument with the richest history. Here we will take a brief look at its story.

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Performing new music: we explain all

Wed 27 Apr 2016

Matthew Truscott The Night Shift

“The orchestra’s chief artistic mission is to make old music new. For the OAE, the importance of being involved with contemporary music has over the years become obvious and vital.”

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Tour diary – London to Paris

Fri 22 Apr 2016


This week we’re on tour in France and Belgium with our Bruckner programme conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

Although it’s one of our easiest trips in terms of travel and visa arrangements, it’s also one of the largest orchestras we’ve ever taken overseas. On my first tour, I was interested to find out just how you get an 80-piece orchestra, invaluable period instruments, and one of the world’s leading conductors around Europe.

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Irish flutes in Bruckner?

Wed 20 Apr 2016


Lisa Beznosiuk shows us the flute she is playing in Bruckner’s 6th Symphony.

Hear it this Friday at the Royal Festival Hall, London:

Sir Simon Rattle conducts Bruckner

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Philip Dale on the trombone in Bruckner

Wed 20 Apr 2016


Bruckner trombone? Beethoven trombone? Philip Dale takes us through the differences between the two and which one he’ll be choosing to play in Bruckner’s six symphony on Friday 22 April 2016.

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C.P.E Bach



His Times: Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach is the full name of the second surviving son of one of history’s most influential composers: Johannes Sebastian Bach

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In depth: Sarah Connolly on Mahler

Thu 14 Apr 2016


“Life changing. Depth and colours and beauty and horror.”

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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016


‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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Watercycle on the RPS shortlist

Tue 5 Apr 2016


We’re really chuffed that our Watercycle project has been shortlisted for a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award in the Learning & Participation Category.

Part of the OAE Education programme, it involved three-day residencies in nine towns and cities around the country, before a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in March 2016.

As well as training and workshops for teachers and musicians, residencies included schools concerts, community concerts and performances in unusual places. We even played Vivaldi on a ferry!

We’ll find out if we’ve won at the RPS Music Awards ceremony on Tuesday 10 May. Then hear all about it on a special programme on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 11 May at 7.30pm.

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The horns in Mahler’s Second Symphony

Wed 23 Mar 2016

Roger Montgomery, Horn

“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”

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Why I love Mahler’s Second Symphony

Thu 17 Mar 2016

Genevieve Arkle

“Mahler wears his heart on his sleeve and certainly intends to let the world know it”.

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