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3 years, 17 cakes, Farewell OAE

Mon 8 Sep 2014

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I can’t quite believe it but I am leaving the OAE 3 years to the day after I started.  The past three years at the OAE have been a complete whirlwind with the brilliant, vast and varied projects that we undertake here in the education department and the fantastic concerts that the Orchestra offer.

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Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion to feature Baroque dance

Mon 8 Sep 2014

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We’re thrilled to announce that our season opening concert on 9 October of one-act operas by Rameau is to feature Baroque choreography.

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Operamaniac: Silly Season

Tue 2 Sep 2014

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The weather has turned. No more bikinis, martinis or sunburn. Summer is over. And with it goes Silly Season, the time of year when it all gets a bit too much and suddenly anything is news.

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Current Distractions

Fri 29 Aug 2014

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In Current Distractions this week – new music, illustration and buried treasure. And not a bucket of iced water in sight.

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Introducing…the ‘other’ Beethoven.

Wed 27 Aug 2014

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This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.

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Something to look forward to: Glyndebourne 2015

Tue 26 Aug 2014

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The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.

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Adrian Bending talks to…Catherine Mackintosh

Fri 22 Aug 2014

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Filmed last summer just before she retired, here’s an in-depth interview with OAE founder member, ex leader and violinist Catherine Mackintosh. She talks to OAE Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending about her career, the origins of the OAE, the baroque violin and lemmings…

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Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Thu 21 Aug 2014

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A photogallery remembering our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen, including early pictures of him rehearsing the OAE.

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Two minutes on… the Ophicleide

Tue 19 Aug 2014

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“Berlioz wanted it to sound pretty rough and ghastly – so we do our best to provide that”

John Elliot introduces the Ophicleide, and its role in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – filmed while on tour with the piece last year.

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Current Distractions

Fri 15 Aug 2014

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I’m taking over the reins of Current Distractions for one week only and this week we look at classical music past, present and future. Oh, and wifi.

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Remembering Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

Fri 15 Aug 2014

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All of us at the OAE were very sad to hear the news of Emeritus Conductor Franz Brüggen, who passed away at the age of 79 earlier this week – a conductor who has had an association with the OAE almost since the Orchestra’s inception.

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Rinaldo – Press Reaction

Thu 14 Aug 2014

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As you may be aware, Rinaldo opened at Glyndebourne on Saturday and that means that the nation’s opera critics were out in force. Here’s what they had to say:

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Frans Brüggen 1934-2014

Wed 13 Aug 2014

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We have heard the very sad news today that our Emeritus Conductor Frans Brüggen passed away this morning at the age of 79. A full statement will follow in the coming days.

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In rehearsal: Sir Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz

Wed 13 Aug 2014

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Last autumn we went on tour with our Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, with some pretty unusual repertoire for us – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Indeed, this was only the second time we have ever programmed this piece.  Here’s a clip of the Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington rehearsing the piece at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels ahead of performances there, and in Warsaw and Helsinki.

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Pre-concert talk: Sally Beamish in conversation

Tue 12 Aug 2014

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Back in May we revived Sally Beamish’s piece Spinal Chords, which we had premiered as part of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. In this pre-concert event Sally talks to Nicola Christie about reviving her composition two years on from its first performances and the works’ genesis.

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Operamaniac: 5 things we take for granted (or why Wagner spoiled all the fun)

Fri 8 Aug 2014

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We tend to take a wide range of things for granted and immutable, as we never saw them being done on another way. However, things change. Who could imagine that in the 21st century we would be flying and using the internet? Ok, maybe Bartolomeu de Gusmao with his “Passarola” but he was a bit alone on that. Therefore, let me share with you five things that have changed with time, be it by a matter of taste or practicality.

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

Thu 7 Aug 2014

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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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Become a Friend of the OAE

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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

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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

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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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