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Sing-a-long-a-Spitalfields

Wed 4 Jun 2014

OAE

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.

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OAE Market Hunt

Tue 3 Jun 2014

OAE

Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of  pop-up performances.

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Current Distractions

Thu 29 May 2014

Current Distractions

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.

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Mildly Rude?

Thu 29 May 2014

OAE

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. 

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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Thu 29 May 2014

OAE

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.

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Steven Devine: Speed Interview

Tue 27 May 2014

OAE

On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?  Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect

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5 things you probably didn’t know about William Boyce

Fri 23 May 2014

Boyce

1. William Boyce started his career as a choirboy at St Paul’s Cathedral. When his voice broke he continued to study music.

2. When he became Master of the King’s Music in 1755, and then organist at the Chapel Royal in 1758, Boyce was the teacher of the prodigy Thomas Linley, known as the “English Mozart”.

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The Hall of the Shame

Mon 19 May 2014

OAE

Over the last few weeks absolutely loads of you have been in touch to tell us your most hated classical pieces.  And we weren’t exempt, with one person arguing this ”doesn’t achieve anything. Just more nauseating PR”, I think it’s safe to assume we made his hall of shame. We had a great laugh hearing some of your responses and have put together the definitive list.  So get your ear plugs at the ready, here’s you top ten most hated classical pieces.

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William Boyce (1711-1779)

Composer

OAE

His times: As was the case for most professional musicians at the time, the church shaped much of William Boyce’s early musical life. He sang at St Paul’s Cathedral in whose shadow he was born, before holding appointments as organist at a number of city churches and becoming Master of the King’s Music.

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Gamechangers: Creation – Press reaction…

Fri 16 May 2014

OAE

At the start of the month we joined Sir Simon Rattle to recreate the Creation in London and Ireland.  We’ve heard what you thought about it, but what of the press?  Here’s our press round-up…

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Current Distractions

Thu 15 May 2014

Current distractions

Deputy Director of Development Harriet Lawrence takes charge of this week’s Current Distractions – and it’s a geek edition, featuring music in space, city stargazing, what happens when astronomy gets naughty and some xylophones.

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Vivaldi, The Four Seasons DOWNLOAD

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Price: £6.00 Buy Now

Our brand-new recording of Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons is now available as a download. With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons remains as fresh today as the day it was written, remaining as influential and transfixing as ever.

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Spinal Chords by Sally Beamish

Sun 11 May 2014

spinal-chords

Premiered in 2012 as part of the London 2012 celebrations, Spinal Chords proved to be an instant success with audiences and critics alike. Set to a text by journalist Melanie Reid it tells the powerful story of her struggle to overcome disability, with the powerful text underpinned by Sally Beamish’s slowly shifting, constantly evolving soundworld.

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Watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse Haydn’s Creation

Sun 4 May 2014

Sir Simon Rattle

Get a sneak preview of our forthcoming performances of Haydn’s Creation with this new video from a rehearsal this week.

Hear it live at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, tonight, 4 May details

Hear it live at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, 6 May details

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OAE Tots – Are you a music maker?

Fri 2 May 2014

OAE music maker

No matter if you are small or tall, young or old, beginner or advanced, you will certainly have had a lot of fun at the OAE Tots concerts. Take a look at some of the highlights of Sunday 27th April:

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri 2 May 2014

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As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

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Current Distractions

Thu 1 May 2014

OAE

In this week’s Current Distractions – Classical music at its rudest and some animals that are marginally more interesting than normal.

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Tube Strike Playlist

Wed 30 Apr 2014

OAE

Got the tube strike blues?  Here’s some relaxing music as chosen by the OAE office, just for you.  With any luck this will help to put you in a meditative state of mind, while you’re pressed against a strangers armpit for hours on end. 

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Operamaniac

Tue 29 Apr 2014

OAE

When one thinks of Brazil images of football, nice beaches, girls in bikinis, palm trees, slums and Samba very easily come to our mind. Brazil is one of those countries that, despite all its idiosyncrasies, always inspires something in the imagination. It seems almost effortless to them how they conquer the world via their culture.

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Rameau’s Zaïs – Audience reactions

Mon 28 Apr 2014

OAE

Last night saw the UK premiere of Rameau’s Zaïs at Queen Elizabeth Hall, conducted by Jonathan Williams.  Here’s what you had to say about it…

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