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Watercycle – We’re going on the ferry!

Wed 23 Dec 2015

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Our last Watercycle residency is on the horizon and after a series of workshops in Southampton primary, secondary and special needs schools during the Autumn Term we’ll be returning in late January to perform five concerts in two days with over 800 primary children, 30 secondary students from Southampton and the Isle of Wight and a group of special needs students.

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A cello of one’s own

Tue 1 Dec 2015

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You know what’s really hard? Learning to play an instrument but never really getting a chance to play it.

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Down the sewer, in the pub and into the community – Watercycle in film: Part Three

Fri 30 Oct 2015

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The 3rd and final part of our film on OAE Education’s Watercycle residency in Brighton.

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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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