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Struggling with Sound

Fri 29 Nov 2013

OAE

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
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Bach’s joyous and exuberant Christmas Oratorio, a stalwart of the festive season.

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New Year with the OAE

Wed 16 Oct 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

John-Butt

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

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

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

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

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

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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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Composer

Vivaldi/The Man
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice.  He was baptized immediately after his birth by the midwife, which led many people to believe his life was somehow in danger.  The real reason is still not known for sure, some argue it was due to ill health while others state that an earthquake the same day led his mother to be in constant fear for her son’s life.  As a result, Vivaldi’s mother dedicated him to the Priesthood.

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Christmas Playlist

Fri 14 Dec 2012

It’s well known that Bach loved a bit of Wham and in tribute to him, we’ve made an OAE Christmas playlist. 

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Speed Interview: Julia Doyle

Fri 23 Nov 2012

As acclaimed soprano Julia Doyle prepares for her performance in Handel’s celebrated Messiah on 11 December, she took some time out to tell us a bit about her pre-concert superstitions and some of her musical heroes.

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Scary classical music from the movies

Wed 31 Oct 2012

To freak us out a bit on this ‘All hallow’s eve’, we thought we’d hunt down those chilling classical pieces that have sent shivers down our collective spines at the movies…

Prepare to be spooked!

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Bostridge sings Bach: Audience Reaction

Mon 14 May 2012

Here’s what the audience thought of our all-Bach concert with Ian Bostridge, a few weeks ago at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We’re about to go off on tour with Ian with the same programme, so if you live in Vienna, Dresden, Prague, Warsaw or Innsbruck you still have a chance to catch this concert. Details in the what’s on section.

 

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Bach: the missing soloists

Fri 27 Apr 2012

This Wednesday, 25 April, saw us at the Queen Elizabeth Hall performing an all-Bach concert, with soloist Ian Bostridge and director Steven Devine. What anyone who was at the concert will have realised though was that Ian was not the only soloist, with the Brandenburg Concerto No.4 and also the Cantata Ich habe genug also having substatial solo parts (aside from the voice, in the case of the Cantata).

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