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Remembering Sir Charles

Tue 6 Dec 2011

Back in May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall we performed a concert dedicated to Sir Charles Mackerras – who had worked with us almost since the Orchestras foundation and in latter years had been one of our Emeritus Conductors. At the pre-concert talk writer and journalist David Nice talked to OAE players about Sir Charles, and we’re happy that this pre-concert talk is now available to listen to online for those that couldn’t make it to the talk:

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Eric Richmond and the OAE – a pictorial history: 2000-2010

Thu 24 Jun 2010

Following on from the previous instalment here are photographer Eric Richmond’s second set of favourite OAE pictures he has taken.

2000 – Mirror pics

2005 – Lilliputian pics

2010 – Gaffer tape pics

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The June Podcast

Tue 22 Jun 2010

Our June OAE podcast is now here, and is, if we say so ourselves a rather good listen. In it, we take a trip to Glyndebourne, catch up with OAE Education Director Cherry to talk about our fantastic Creation project and related Family Concert, chat with Eduardo Portal, the current Melgaard OAE Young Conductor and finally we talk to Eric Richmond (photographer) and Chris Harrison (designer) who are behind our much-talked-about gaffer tape pics.

Or search for us on itunes.

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Eric Richmond and the OAE – a pictorial history: 1996-1998

Tue 22 Jun 2010

Our latest podcast features regular OAE photographer Eric Richmond, who has worked with us for many years, talking about our new ‘gaffer tape’ pics. While we were with Eric we took the opportunity to talk to him about some of his favourite images from past seasons, and here are the first three – more will follow tomorrow.

1996 – Yellow pics

1997 – Sporting pics

1998 – Private passions

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The Night Shift: Pod Idol

Fri 11 Jun 2010

Yes, Pod Idol is here. At the last Night Shift we asked people to audition to be ‘The Voice of The Night Shift’, i.e. the voice-over for our regular Night Shift podcasts. We asked entrants to read out four lines for us:

“Welcome to The Night Shift podcast”

“You’re listening to The Night Shift podcast”

“The Night Shift, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s late night concert series”

“The Night Shift. Classical music, minus the rules”

Thank you to everyone who entered, we were pleasantly surprised at how many of you gave it a go! We’ve now picked our favourites and it’s now down to you, blog readers and Night Shift fans, to pick a winner. Listen to the clips below and then VOTE! We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday 22 June, so you have until then to cast your vote. UPDATE: Voting will close 12 noon, 22 June







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An annual ritual – the OAE Glyndebourne picnic

Fri 4 Jun 2010

A few weeks ago office staff at the OAE indulged in one of the rather nice perks of working here, a chance to go to a final rehearsal at Glyndebourne, together with associated picnic. It’s very efficiently organised (the picnic) with spreadsheets being drawn up and each person being alloted a specific type of dish to bring. As usual it took place under overcast skies but it wouldn’t be the same if it were full sun…

We saw the final rehersal of Cosi fan Tutte. A final rehearsal is pretty much like a performance, apart from the audience (and Orchestra, come to think of it) being dress in mufti rather than dolled up in DJ’s. The performance was great, and below you can hear members of the office talking about the production and their Glyndebourne experience.

Isabelle before the show

Isabelle after the show

Ceri talks about the performance

Nicolette talks about the performance

Megan talks about the performance

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