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The Works 24 Nov- pictures

Wed 17 Dec 2014


What better way to spend a Monday night in November than having a guided tour of some fantastic classical music, and that’s exactly what we provided at the Queen Elizabeth Hall this season. 

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The Works 24 Nov- Audience Feedback

Wed 26 Nov 2014

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Australian violinist Richard Tognetti led our string orchestra in The Works on Monday night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Edward Elgar (1857-1934)


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His times: Elgar was born eight years before the Finn Jean Sibelius, a composer who like many others on the edges of Europe would become associated with musical ‘nationalism’.

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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)


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His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.

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Richard Tognetti

Wed 29 Oct 2014


We’re very excited that Richard Tognetti is directing our next concert in The Works series.

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Speed Interview – Zeb Soanes

Fri 14 Mar 2014

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BBC Four and Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes joins us on Wednesday to present The Works. Here he tells us about his worst fears and shares a few tips for aspiring presenters.

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Sigiswald Kuijken on Newsnight

Fri 14 Mar 2014

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Many of you may have noticed Violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken, on yesterday’s edition of Newsnight. Sigiswald joined Emily Maitless to play the show out with a rendition of Bach’s Bourrée No.1 from Suite No. 3 BWV 1009. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it below.

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The Works Trailer

Fri 7 Mar 2014


On 19 March we give you a step-by-step guide to masterpieces from Vivaldi and Bach.  This performance will feature the violoncello da spalla, a long-lost instrument played here by spalla expert Sigiswald Kuijken.

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Bach and Vivaldi Playlist

Fri 7 Mar 2014


The Works returns on 19 March with a pair of Baroque masterpieces played on the ‘extinct’ violoncello da spalla.  Click on the playlist below for a taste of the music played on modern cellos.

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6 Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About JS Bach

Wed 12 Feb 2014


The Works returns on 19 March with a performance of  Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  in G (along with Vivaldi’s concerto in D for violoncello da spalla).  To prepare for the upcoming concert, we present you with 6 little known facts about JS Bach.

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The Works – Beethoven

Wed 6 Nov 2013

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Tomorrow night we head over to Queen Elizabeth Hall for a step-by-step guide to one of Beethoven’s favourite works; Symphony No. 8.  Here’s a look at what you can expect.

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“My Little Symphony in F”

Fri 1 Nov 2013


Beethoven is said to have affectionately referred to Symphony No. 8 as ‘my little Symphony in F’.  Written in 1812, the Symphony consists of four movements and is considered one of his more joyful, light hearted works.  Playing with sturcture and form, there are many parts of the compostion which he put in as ‘musical jokes’.

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The Works – back with Beethoven

Fri 25 Oct 2013


The Works returns to Southbank Centre on 7 November with music from the musical giant that is Beethoven.

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The Works: 26 March pictures

Fri 29 Mar 2013


We thought we’d share some pics from our The Works event on Tuesday, where we were treated to a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, sung by the wonderful Elin Manahan Thomas and William Purefoy and directed by our Principal Keyboard Player, Steven Devine. 

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Speed date the OAE

Mon 25 Mar 2013


Yes you did read that right. At tomorrow’s The Works concert we’re giving you the chance to take part in our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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Speed Interview – William Purefoy

Wed 20 Mar 2013


Countertenor William Purefoy joins us for The Works on 26 March, to explore Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  Here’s what he had to say when given our speed interview.

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The Works returns with Pergolesi: video teaser

Thu 28 Feb 2013


For those of you who haven’t tried out one of our The Works concerts yet, we’ve got a great event coming up next month at Southbank Centre on 26 March.

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The Works: 6 November pictures

Mon 12 Nov 2012


We thought we’d share some pictures from our The Works event last week, where we gave a step by step guide to Mozart’s fourth Horn concerto and his Linz Symphony, all presented on stage by Hannah Conway.
Afterwards, we welcomed the audience on stage, where they got to meet OAE musicians and ask them their burning questions in our ‘speed-dating’ event.

All pictures are by Joe Plommer and you can view the full set over on Facebook or Flickr.

Our next The Works event is in the new year with a night of Pergolesi, featuring soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and countertenor William Purefoy- check out full details here.

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Speed date the OAE: tonight!

Tue 6 Nov 2012


Yes you did read that right. At tonight’s The Works concert we’re repeating our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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The Works: a meal before Mozart

Sat 3 Nov 2012


Ahead of our The Works concert this Tuesday at the Southbank Centre, we thought we’d give you a bit of a heads-up on where to eat beforehand.  As the main concert starts at 8pm, there’s plenty of time to sample some warm and tasty food from one of the many culinary choices alongside the Thames.  Here’s our top picks for where to go to fill your belly…

If you want something easy:
Head over to Pizza Express, where you know you’ll get speedy service, delicious Italian fare and did we mention doughballs?
Pizza heaven (and cheap too- check out their offers page to see if they have any deals on).

Something spicy:
Wahaca, known for its award-winning Mexican street food, has just opened at Southbank Centre, with a restaurant made of eight shipping containers- worth a visit for that alone.  Don’t leave without trying the slow cooked pork tacos, followed by churros and chocolate- perfect for a chilly Tuesday night.

Something different:
Ping Pong.  This Chinese dim sum restaurant is a fantastic place to relax with friends and share some amazing food- which is what Dim Sum is all about.  We recommend trying the Ping Pong selection menu so you can try a bit of everything, accompanied with a Jasmine martini. Tasty stuff.

There’s also loads of other places nearby, including Giraffe, Strada, Yo!Sushi, Wagamamas and many more.  Check out the Southbank Centre website for full info.

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