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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

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.

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The Story of Mr John…

Thu 30 Jun 2011

Next Tuesday 5 July, we’ll be coming straight from Glyndebourne’s Opera House to the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn to perform in an hour-long family concert, playing highlights from one of Mozart’s most famous pieces, Don Giovanni. OAE musicians will be joined by over 150 children from local schools who’ll be performing live on stage.

We caught up with OAE Education Director Cherry Forbes and composer James Redwood, who’ll both be presenting the concert, to ask them what the audience can expect to see, including a dastardly villain and maybe even a few ghosts!


Tickets are just £5 for adults and £2 for children and can be booked through the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553 764864 or online here.

For more information on this concert and our other Education projects, why not have a look at our website here?

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Speed interview: Professor Russell Foster

Tue 15 Jun 2010

Here’s a quick interview with Russell Foster, who is co-presenting our family concert on 27 June, which is taking place as part of See Further – the festival of science and arts, 10 days of events celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. The family concert is inspired by Haydn’s Creation and combines the world’s of music and science to produce an engrossing and fun event for families. More information on the event, which is at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 4pm, is here.

What do you fear the most?

For the safety of my children – Charlotte, William, Victoria.

Which mobile number do you call the most?

My Wife’s mobile – Elizabeth. She rarely answers!

What – or where – is perfection?

Perfection is subjective and so cannot exist in any substantive way. There is the illusion of perfection and one might feel that some person, object or event is perfect at one moment in time – but alas nothing is truly perfect. Indeed the realisation that nothing can be perfect represents the end of adolescence and the beginning of the management of expectation.

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?

Book:              Sherlock Holmes – Awesome powers of Reason

Comic:             Superman –Awesome powers – and appropriately used

TV:                  Dr. Who – Awesome powers – and with a sense of humour

Film:                James Bond – Awesome powers – and likes a dry martini

Opera:             Don Giovanni Awesome powers – very inappropriately used

What’s your favourite ritual?


Which living person do you most admire (and why)?

In Public Life: The Queen – Life of dedication and personal self-sacrifice when it would have been so easy to have sat back and abused a privileged position. Has used position for good.

In My Private Life: My wife Elizabeth for putting up with me and being the most honest and decent person I know.

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