Well, it’s been a little (actually quite a lot) later in arriving than usual, but we’d like to think it’s been worth the wait. Today we can reveal our brand new brochure for 2014-2015 – with all the details of our season at London’s Southbank Centre and, of course, a fresh new look for the year ahead.Read More
We’re really sad to say goodbye to our ‘Not all audiences are the same’ pictures. They’ve been a real hit, and we absolutely loved having our audience members involved in our photoshoot and brochure.Read More
We talk to audience member Rhys and OAE violinist Catherine Ford in the next of our audience/OAE player interview series…Read More
The OAE is going underground…have you seen our new posters on the tube?Read More
When I rang my Mum, Jennifer, (pictured right) at the eleventh hour and asked whether she would like to be in the OAE’s new season brochure – since we were looking for an older woman to complement the bodybuilders and other people with ‘strong looks’ that had already contacted the OAE – she completely astounded me by agreeing.
Mum was available for last minute photo shoots since she had given up work 2 years prior when she was diagnosed with Cancer – a terminal lung cancer called Mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lung cavity and had developed due to exposure to Asbestos as some undefined point in Mum’s life. Tragically Mum never got to see her picture in print, as she passed away before the last concert of the OAE’s season in June 2012, just a few days after her 62nd birthday.
I’ve worked at the OAE since 2003, and Mum had been a dedicated supporter since then. A month after I started work at the OAE she joined us last minute for the Theodora dress rehearsal at Glyndebourne and was as blown away with OAE and the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson as I was. Every Summer since then she accompanied me to Glyndebourne. Choosing the perfect Glyndebourne outfit had become almost an obsession for us both – as well as the celeb spotting. I think we managed a news reader and a few actors. Heaven forbid that I ever ask someone else to accompany me. She regarded it as payback for all those years of clarinet lessons and ferrying me around.
Living in Surrey, Mum was also a regular at our Southbank Centre concerts. Like me, she had a particular love of the later stuff, but came to relish and enjoy the Baroque self-directed earlier stuff too. Though she could never quite get over her opinion that all Haydn Symphonies sound the same – there are just too many of them!
It has been a pleasure to share my OAE journey with her, a rather fitting tribute to see her smiling face immortalised in the brochure this year.
Ceri Jones, Projects DirectorRead More
Next in our audience/OAE player interview series, we talk to audience member Pascha and OAE Experience Trumpet player Hannah Bishop about their experience of the Season Brochure photoshoot.Read More
Sorry for the mini-delay between our audience/player interviews but it’s worth waiting for.
Here’s audience member Nimneh and OAE Principal Horn player Roger Montgomery talking about their experience of the photoshoot.Read More
So here’s the latest interview in our series featuring the audience members and musicians featured in our new brochure. The unusual pairing of viola and bodybuilder event even got us into the September Issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine! Here’s audience member Jay and OAE Viola player Jan Schlapp.Read More
We’re back with our audience/orchestra interviews. This time, OAE audience member Greg and OAE Viola player Annette Isserlis. Including, at the end, the photos that didn’t quite make the brochure…Read More
The latest in our series of interviews of audience and orchestra members featured in our campaign for the 2012-2013 season. This time with Night Shift audience member Gurpal and OAE cellist Jonathan.Read More
Here’s the latest instalment in our series of Orchestra / audience member interviews. This time, audience member David and OAE Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku.Read More
In our latest video we take you behind the scenes at the photoshoot for the 2012-2013 brochure, and also talk to designer Chris Harrison and photographer Eric Richmond about how the not all audiences are the same idea came about how how the shoot went.
View the season brochure.Read More
Next in our series of audience / orchestra interviews is our chat with OAE co-principal keyboardist Steven Devine and audience member Susann.Read More
Here’s the latest in our series of audience / Orchestra interviews, this time with one of the more colourful members of our audience, Scott, together with OAE violinist Henrietta.Read More
We’ve had a brief break in our series of audience / orchestra interviews, because we’ve had so much going on elsewhere with the Simon Rattle tour. However we’re catching up now, so here’s an interview with OAE viola player (and Vice Chairman of the Orchestra) Martin Kelly and audience member Ella.Read More
The second of our blog posts featuring an interview with audience and orchestra members featured in our new pictures. This time it’s the turn of audience member Melissa and Double Bass Cecelia Bruggemeyer.Read More
So this is the first in a new series of blog posts springboarding from our brand new pictures which feature members of the OAE audience. In each we’ll profile both audience and orchestra member and also show a wider selection of pictures of each. First up is Greg, who posed with OAE violinist Debbie.
Greg (T) (as we have two Greg’s in the brochure!)
Tell us a bit about you, your work and hobbies.
I work as an Occupational Therapist in a Community setting. My main role is to help increase people’s self reliance in daily activities and to to reduce risk. This can be after an illness or accident or indeed at end of life to ensure safety, dignity and comfort. A large part of what I do is reablement, working with improving self confidence and functional ability as well as adapting the physical “home” environment. It’s a very rewarding job and I’m fortunate to have chosen a career with many areas of exploration and specialism.
I am also in my final year of training to become a Shiatsu Practitioner with the The Shiatsu College, London. A wonderful treatment modality with a rich history that allows people to connect on deep levels. In my spare time I practice Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga and am learning to play the Piano Accordion.
How did you hear about the Not all audiences are the same campaign?
I discovered the OAE were looking for fans to be part of the marketing campaign on Facebook. Without much thinking I took a snap on my phone and that was that. In for a penny, In for a pound I thought. I was surprised and delighted to be chosen.
How was the experience of doing the photoshoot?
I had a fantastic time. A sense of being plucked from one life and dropped into another – for a few short hours. Then I was back at work writing reports and arranging appointments. Surreal and terrific fun! Everyone was very friendly. Eric Richmond was the consumate professional and ensured the feeling in the room was light and creative. My ego was well and truly massaged that day.
Tell us about what you were wearing for the shoot.
Not being a natural style icon, I decided to go for something that I wear a lot of the time because it’s what I feel comfortable in. My very favourite jacket and a sturdy/robust pair of Australian “R.M. Williams” boots.
How would you describe the OAE to a friend?
I would say the OAE have an integrity and an “honouring” about what they do. They respect the composers and what has gone before, bringing well known (and not so well known) harmonies into the 21st Century in a way that is accessible, still retaining what is historic but keeping it vital and dynamic.
How would you say the OAE is different to other Orchestras?
The main difference for me is that when I listen to the OAE I always feel like I’m being transported back in time, and that what I am hearing is very precious. It’s definitely a Zen thing.
If you’ve been to an OAE concert recently tell us a little about it.
I attended the Spinal Chords second performance (London premiere) in February. I found the piece very moving and it was an honour to be present. I have worked with people in my [...]Read More
And here it is at last, our full brochure for the 2012-2013 concert season at Southbank Centre.Read More
We’re very excited to be able to now reveal to you the cover of our new 2012-2013 Southbank Centre concerts brochure. It features several of the audience members who star in the campaign, and you’ll notice we’ve turned our strapline around, so it now reads ‘Not all audiences are the same.’Read More