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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

Watercycle Part 2

In the second film from our Watercycle residency in Brighton we look at our work with local primary schools, where our fundraising efforts for Wateraid have been incorporated into the music making.

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“Our most spontaneous audience” Watercycle in film: Part One

Tue 11 Aug 2015


We’re mid-way through our most ambitious education project to date, Watercycle – visiting 9 towns and cities across England and reaching more than 10,000 young people. So, a good moment to take stock and see what’s been happening to date.

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OAE in King’s Lynn – pictures

Thu 7 May 2015

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Last week we were in residence in King’s Lynn – the second leg of our Three Town Tour, which also incorporates part of our Watercycle Education tour. While we were in town we performed no less than 6 concerts, including 2 schools concerts and an evening Community Concert.

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Ay up me ducks: the Orchestra crawls north

Wed 29 Apr 2015


Our intrepid Deputy Director of Development, Harriet Lawrence, followed the Orchestra to Chesterfield. Here she reports back on what she found…

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OAE TOTS: What we played

Mon 23 Mar 2015


We recently performed Pitter Patter Raindrops, the latest incarnation of our OAE TOTs concerts at Southbank Centre and The Anvil, Basingstoke. To those that came: thank you. We had great fun and hope you did too.

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A Concert for all Weathers: ‘Pitter Patter Raindrops’ at Purcell Room

Fri 27 Feb 2015

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On Saturday 21 February the OAE Education team was back in the Purcell Room for its second set of OAE TOTS concerts of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened.

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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed 17 Dec 2014

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The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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The Three Town Tour and more

Fri 14 Nov 2014


And they’re off…

The OAE is going on tour. Not a tour of the glamourous concert halls of mainland Europe or those of our cousins across the pond, but of local, accessible venues such as pubs and leisure centres.

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Watercycle at Southbank Centre

Thu 13 Nov 2014

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On Sunday October 19, we set up shop in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for a mammoth day of concerts, all part of our education and outreach programme, Watercycle. Children and families were welcomed by OAE staff armed with stickers, crayons and water-themed colouring pages.

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3 years, 17 cakes, Farewell OAE

Mon 8 Sep 2014


I can’t quite believe it but I am leaving the OAE 3 years to the day after I started.  The past three years at the OAE have been a complete whirlwind with the brilliant, vast and varied projects that we undertake here in the education department and the fantastic concerts that the Orchestra offer.

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Hello! Do you have a spare 2 minutes and 52 seconds?

Tue 22 Jul 2014


We thought you probably did.

And how do you feel about being inspired by music, and our largest-ever education project?

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Getting crafty…the Watercycle appeal

Mon 21 Jul 2014


Last week we broke out the Pritt sticks and got crafty here at the OAE office, to fashion some rather special envelopes for our new Education Appeal.

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Top 5 Reasons to apply to be our new Marketing and Press trainee

Tue 1 Apr 2014


As I end my three-month placement within the OAE as the Marketing and Press trainee, I have compiled a list of the 5 reasons YOU should apply for the position.

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Big Draw

Wed 21 Aug 2013


On the 12th October this year, the OAE Education department will be taking part in The Guardian’s annual Big Draw.  This is a fantastic event which aims to encourage art for all the family, with artists leading workshops and activities that all ages can get involved in.  The OAE have been involved in this day for several years and we are delighted to be part of the exciting project once again.

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Capital Strings Tour

Thu 11 Jul 2013


Last weekend we embarked on a first for the Education Department – a training and concerts tour for young people.  This tour was a celebration of three years’ work across our four partner London boroughs – Camden, Wandsworth, Merton and Islington – with whom we’ve developed many projects to give young people opportunities to work with members of the OAE.

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A Souvenir from Beverley

Thu 30 May 2013


Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.

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Music for now, for later, for ever – Anthem and the RPS!

Tue 14 May 2013


The inspiration for the OAE’s Anthem project came from watching David Walliams complete a sponsored cycle ride, from one end of the country to the other, about five years ago. It made me think how could we pass the baton in sound? How could we unite our partner cities in a large scale project and invite new cities to join the OAE community, through baroque music?

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OAE Tots go Strings: what you heard

Mon 15 Apr 2013

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We had great fun in our OAE Tots go Strings concert on Saturday and hope you did too. If you’d like to know a bit more about what we played, read on:

Most of our concert was made up of Telemann’s Don Quixote pronounced ‘Don Keyshot’. See what we did there with our donkey theme! This is a wonderful suite (collection of short pieces) by Telemann based on the 17th century Spanish story.  A while back, Richard Strauss was credited with writing programme music depicting stories in music, but you can see Telemann was at it about 200 years earlier.

This story is about the adventures of Don Quixote on his horse Rosinante, accompanied by his peasant squire Sancho Panza on his mule (that donkey theme again). Telemann’s pieces are titled Overture, The Awakening of Don Quixote, His Attack on the Windmills, His Amorous Sighs for Princesse Dulcine,  Sancho Panza is Mocked (tossed in a blanket), The Gallop of Rosinante, The Gallop of Sancho Panza’s Mule, Don Quixote at rest.

Donkey crept through the woods to part of the ‘Surprise’ Symphony by Haydn (second movement) and Teddy Bears’ Picnic was an arrangement by one of our own OAE viola players, Annette Isserlis.

The presenters for this concert were Cecelia Bruggemeyer and Susie Carpenter-Jacobs. And special thanks to our very willing and enthusiastic Education Officer Ellie Cowan, for her donkey work.

We look forward to seeing you again at future events. Check out our Education pages for events coming up soon.

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TOTS playlist: March

Sat 23 Mar 2013


We hope you enjoyed our OAE TOTS go Wind today- it was fabulous to see so many music makers at Kings Place on a snowy Saturday morning!

If you grown-ups would like to know what you heard and maybe listen again at home, here’s a list of some of the music we played:

Anon (songs) Wind, wind, blow the clouds/Rock-a-bye baby
             Ground bass
           Rondeau from Sonata 1 Op. 2  
         Marche de La Calote
             3rd movement from Sonata in C
            Nachtigall or Bird Fancyer’s delight
            Country Dance from Water Music
          Wondrous Machine
               Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio


If you’d like more information about OAE Education and future TOTS concerts, visit our Education section.

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Musicians’ Miles update

Fri 6 Apr 2012


As Ceri explained in her last blog post,  as part of our huge Anthem for a Child project we asked OAE musicians and staff to pledge to walk, run, cycle or do something else tiring for a mile per project participant, totaling 5000 miles altogether.
You can support them by sponsoring us through our JustGiving page or by sponsoring players individually via the links below. All pledges will completed by June.

Here’s a  few highlights of what they’ve been up to:

Sue Addison  committed to walk 40 marathons with her plastic trombone – and her dog!
She joined the Anthem tour and wrote a new fanfare for each setting with pupils which she then played when she undertook her marathon round their city or town  (1040 miles)

Ceri Jones, OAE Projects Director, did 500 Kettle Bell swings for 10 days.
Donate directly towards Ceri’s Swings

James Redwood (Composer and animateur), Matthew Truscott (violin), Jonathan Rees (‘cello) and James Toll (violin) cycled the tour between them on a tandem (1142 miles)

Zoe Shevlin (bassoon) (and her husband) will walk round all the outdoor pools in London and swim a length in each (52 miles between them)
Donate directly to Zoe & Charlie’s Swim

Stephen Carpenter (OAE Chief Executive) is going to swim a marathon (26 miles)

Roger Montgomery (horn) will run the London Marathon for Children’s hospices and will run the length of the tour in his training for us- since 1 Jan, he has built up a total of 1141.71 miles!

William Norris (Communications Director) will walk to or from work 2 days a week for 10 weeks (60 miles)

Cherry Forbes (Education Director) will walk, cycle and swim (100 miles)
Donate directly towards Cherry’s 100 miles

Katie Heller (viola) will dance 50 miles

Andy Watts (bassoon) will cycle from Elgar’s birthplace in Lower Broadheath to his burial place in Little Malvern and back again (30 miles)

Hilary Stock (oboe) will run 1000 miles

Tony Robson (oboe) will lose 26 pounds!

Andy Painter, teacher from Torpoint Primary, walked 103 miles (in 48 hours!)
Support Andy directly

Deborah Rees, Deputy Head of Camden Music Service , will complete 240 miles with her walking group to be completed in May

For a full run-down of Musicians’ Miles, click here.
You can also see pictures taken on tour by one of our horn players, Gavin Edwards, on our Flickr page.

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