The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.”Read More
After ten concerts in three different countries, our Beethoven tour with Nicola Benedetti came to an end in Abu Dhabi yesterday. If you’re at risk of Beethoven withdrawal, we asked our Co-Principal Viola Max Mandel for more Beethoven that you might want to read, watch or listen to next.Read More
If you’re coming to our concert with Marin Alsop and Nicola Benedetti at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Sunday, get there early for the pre-concert talk at 6pm.
We’re delighted both Marin and Nicola have agreed to join us for the discussion alongside our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk.
The talk is free in the Clore Ballroom from 6pm to 6.30pm.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Marin Alsop and Nicola Benedetti concert on Sunday 4 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (but it’s also good if you’re going to one of the other performances). You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
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In the classical era, composers such as Mozart and Beethoven often included passages called cadenzas towards the end of their concertos. These were either improvised or pre-composed, and gave the soloist the chance to show off the full range of her or his skills.
For Nicola Benedetti’s performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with us, she’s worked with composer Petr Limonov to write a new cadenza premiered on this tour, for which she’ll be accompanied by our Principal Timpani, Adrian Bending.Read More
Recorded live at the Edinburgh International Festival, with the late Sir Charles Mackerras.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
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His times: In Beethoven’s late twenties, France overthrew its monarchy and a wave of rebellion spread through Europe. The composer, a devout Republican, was presented with an opportunity not only to change music, but to change the social standing of ‘the artist’. He did both: from the early 1800s, music would never be the same again, and historians increasingly concur that with Beethoven an era of the artist-hero was born that arguably still holds sway today.Read More
Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.Read More
Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.Read More
Last night we made our first outing this season at the Royal Festival Hall, flying the flag for the rarely heard composer George Onslow with his first symphony, alongside the overture to Beatrice and Benedict by Berlioz, and Beethoven’s great Eroica Symphony.Read More
Beethoven is so popular that to come up with things his fans don’t know is a challenge. Let’s see how we do…Read More
This week we are performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It’s guaranteed to take you through a wide range of emotions in the colossal first movement alone. However here we’ll focus on the second movement, a funeral march.Read More
A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.Read More
It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.Read More
This autumn we bring you the music of the ‘other’ Beethoven: George Onslow.Read More
We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…Read More
Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9. But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing. So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.Read More
Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7. Here’s what you had to say about it….Read More
We’re performing Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 April (also at Basingstoke’s Anvil on 5 April). See if you can spot the one lie amongst the facts on Schubert’s Great Symphony…Read More