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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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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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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla.  It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…

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Speed Interview – Sigiswald Kuijken

Mon 24 Mar 2014

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In the lead up to tomorrow’s concert featuring the violoncello da spalla, we spoke with director and violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken.

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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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Flash Sale – 3 days only

Fri 7 Mar 2014

Flash Sale

We’re excited to announce a very limited 3 day flash sale event – allowing you to purchase best available bargain tickets for our next The Works event for just £10.*

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Struggling with Sound

Fri 29 Nov 2013

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My ex-housemate has always liked Philip Glass, so I got us a couple of tickets to see him perform Music in Twelve Parts at Southbank Centre the other night.

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Bach, Christmas Oratorio 2CD

Bach, Christmas Oratorio 2CD
Price: £18.00 Buy Now

Bach’s joyous and exhuberant Christmas Oratorio, in a brand-new recording – just in time for the festive season.

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New Year with the OAE

Wed 16 Oct 2013

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This year, our popular New Years concerts return to Kings Place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, to welcome in twenty fourteen with music that’s even more rousing than Auld Lang Syne, and the good news is a) it doesn’t matter if you’re hung over and b) we won’t make you hold hands and sing along.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Handel and Rameau

Fri 9 Aug 2013

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On 30 September our new season kicks off with a musical explosion that brings William Christie to the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by the critically acclaimed soprano Sandrine Piau.  Many of you will already be familiar with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, but here’s some facts you may not know about the music and composers featured in the event.

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Fix up, Look ♯ (How composers might look today…)

Thu 6 Jun 2013

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Their music might have stood the test of time, but what about their looks? 

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Not all audiences are the same – Playlist

Mon 3 Jun 2013

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Last season we proved that not all audiences are the same and with the last concert of the season taking place tonight, we put together a playlist to find out what tracks our audience and Orchestra love to listen to.  Enjoy.

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Speed Interview – Guy Cutting

Thu 2 May 2013

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Tenor Guy Cutting joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment of Bach’s Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  He took a break from rehearsals to speak with us about some of the simpler things in life.

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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Apr 2013

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A Viola player using the latest technology to create a musical composition, an artist based in Singapore that can create life-like images with just paint and resin – there’s so much to see here and all so culturally nourishing.  Plus, if you can make it to the bottom, there’s a picture of Haydn in hair curlers.

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John Butt: In Conversation

Thu 18 Apr 2013

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As we prepare for the next in our series of three concerts at Kings Place celebrating the musical genius of J.S Bach (coming up tomorrow night), we caught up with conductor John Butt to find out more about the composer himself and what makes him so special.

For full information and booking details, visit the event page.

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Sally Bruce-Payne – Speed Interview

Fri 12 Apr 2013

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Mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne joins us at Kings Place, on 19 April, for Bach Unwrapped: Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  We asked her to take our speed interview, here’s what she had to say.

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Sing the Passions

Fri 22 Mar 2013

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Our Sing the Passions event at Kings Place is coming up tomorrow afternoon and we’re busy practicing our scales and warming up our vocal chords.

For those of you able to make it, here’s a bit about what we’ll be exploring in the workshop…

Our Principal keyboard player Robert Howarth will be joined by tenor Norbert Meyn, to sing the role of the Evangelist. Norbert is a specialist in language and will work with Robert and the audience to explore such matters as pronunciation and characterisation.  We’ll be looking at a mixture of numbers from both Passions with such choruses as Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden and Kreuzige, kreuzige!

If you already have a score of the St Matthew and St John Passion, then please feel free to bring along your copies to the session. If not, don’t worry as music will be provided. (We’ll be working from the Barenreiter Score.)

Get those singing voices ready and we’ll see you there!

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Speed Interview – John Butt

Thu 21 Mar 2013

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Conductor John Butt is about to make his appearance with us for the first of three concerts at Kings Place celebrating Bach’s Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  We put our speed interview questions to him:

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Bach…unwrapped

Sat 16 Mar 2013

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Bach-ing mad?

Then you might like our video trailer.

We’re very excited to be part of Kings Place’s largest annual series to date, Bach Unwrapped, celebrating the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. We kick off our set of nine events on 22 March with a concert celebrating his Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos, led by the effervescent conductor, John Butt.

But it doesn’t end there…from March to May, we’ll have two OAE TOTS concerts (23 March) for our younger music-lovers, a chance to sing Bach’s Passions with OAE principal keyboardist Robert Howarth (23 March), as well as a lively family concert (18 May) and a study day, focusing on Bach’s sublime Brandenburg Concertos (20 April).

If that’s still not enough Bach for you, you can download an online brochure for the whole series here.

All event info and booking can be found here or you can call the Kings Place Box Office on 020 7520 1490.

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Bach, St John Passion CD

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Price: £21.99 Buy Now

For this CD we are joined by Polyphony and Stephen Layton for Bach’s most dramatic masterpiece. Featuring a starry team of soloists, Layton directs a vivid account, the excitement of the narrative drama contrasting with heartbreaking moments of reflection.

In Ian Bostridge, we have the most iconic Evangelist of the last twenty years; an artist who is an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.

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