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.Read More
‘They are an inspiration to me.’ Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.Read More
‘The person who can make you cry in a major key, like no-one else can.’Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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 BrucknerRead More
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.Read More
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 BachRead More
“Life changing. Depth and colours and beauty and horror.”Read More
‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’Read More
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.Read More
“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”Read More
“Mahler wears his heart on his sleeve and certainly intends to let the world know it”.Read More
“One of the challenges of our art is that it happens over a given period of time and then disappears. That’s one of the reasons it’s so magical”Read More
OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.Read More
The Orchestra reaches China.Read More
The origins of Nick’s percussion career can be traced back to when he was just 8 years old and pestering his parents about his dream to be Ringo Starr.Read More
Here at the OAE, we’re known for working with the best performers to bring you the most vivid and authentic historically informed performances we can. Therefore, news of us working on a brand new commission might turn a few heads. Peter Whelan is the Bassoonist who will bring Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto, a new piece written specifically for our period instruments, to life for us in early May. We conducted a quick interview with him to find out a bit more about what makes him tick as a performer…Read More
For Watercycle, we travelled to nine towns and cities across across the UK, collaborating with local communities and bringing unique musical experience to people of all ages and backgrounds. With our final residency coming to a close at the beginning of 2016, here’s a look back at our previous years of Watercycle touring.Read More