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The OAE goes clubbing…

Wed 12 Nov 2014

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This Saturday we’ll be doing something just a little different with our late night series The Night Shift, and popping up at the legendary Vauxhall club Duckie.

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Something to look forward to: Glyndebourne 2015

Tue 26 Aug 2014

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The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.

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Gamechangers: Mildly Rude in rehearsal

Tue 10 Jun 2014

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Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata was wildly popular in its day and even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. But it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek at our rehearsals.

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Mildly Rude?

Thu 29 May 2014

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On 12 June we close our Southbank 2013-2014 Season with Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?, so called for its inclusion of Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata, which caused outrage when performed in front of Victorian audiences. 

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Steven Devine: Speed Interview

Tue 27 May 2014

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On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?  Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect

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William Boyce (1711-1779)

Composer

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His times: As was the case for most professional musicians at the time, the church shaped much of William Boyce’s early musical life. He sang at St Paul’s Cathedral in whose shadow he was born, before holding appointments as organist at a number of city churches and becoming Master of the King’s Music.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri 2 May 2014

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As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

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Current Distractions

Thu 6 Mar 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – street art, a dressed up dad, a matchstick Hogwarts, mind music, a lady singing in a lake and much, much more.

Actually, no, that’s pretty much everything.

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Speed Interview – Mahan Esfahani

Tue 28 Jan 2014

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We spoke with acclaimed harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, as he gets ready to perform CPE Bach with us in Gamechangers: A Forgotten Revolutionary on Thursday 30 January.

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Speed Interview – Victoria Simmonds

Thu 28 Nov 2013

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We chased down the wonderful Victoria Simmonds; aka Flamel in our up and coming concert performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, to talk about some of the finer things in life (books, opera, Brad Pitt, that sort of thing…)

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Eternal source of light divine (but too busy to hear it)

Wed 13 Nov 2013

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Looks radiant doesn’t she?  This ecstatic lady is Queen Anne.  Exactly 300 years ago, Handel composed the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Ann, partly for her but also to celebrate but also the accomplishment of the Treaty of Utrecht which was negotiated in order to end the War of the Spanish Succession.

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Handel the philanthropist – a special event with Laurence Cummings

Mon 28 Oct 2013

Charterhouse Great Chamber

Using music to raise money is today commonplace. Think Live Aid, think Busk Aid, or even look at superstars like Bono, Bob Geldof, Annie Lennox and, er Ginger Spice, who all are well known for their charitable activities.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Corelli

Fri 25 Oct 2013

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On 31 October, we’ll be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a concert celebrating Arcangelo Corelli and the composers he inspired.  Here’s a few things you might not know about him.

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Last night’s encores…

Tue 1 Oct 2013

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Anyone who was at the Royal Festival Hall last night for our season opening concert with William Christie and Sandrine Piau will know that we had a bumper number of encores for you – four in total! So here’s what they were:

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Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks: Shock and Awe

Mon 16 Sep 2013

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George Frideric Handel is best known for restoring English music to its’ highly respected and acclaimed position, following years of compositional drought after the death of Purcell in 1695. He wrote music that was especially melodic and cosmopolitan in approach.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013

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Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Handel and Rameau

Fri 9 Aug 2013

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On 30 September our new season kicks off with a musical explosion that brings William Christie to the Royal Festival Hall, accompanied by the critically acclaimed soprano Sandrine Piau.  Many of you will already be familiar with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, but here’s some facts you may not know about the music and composers featured in the event.

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Going on a Journey

Tue 2 Jul 2013

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Thanks to everyone who came along to TOTs on Saturday, we had a great time and very much enjoyed taking you on our musical tour of Europe.  Below you’ll find a full list of the music included in the concert.  See you next time!

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Fix up, Look ♯ (How composers might look today…)

Thu 6 Jun 2013

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Their music might have stood the test of time, but what about their looks? 

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Not all audiences are the same – Playlist

Mon 3 Jun 2013

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Last season we proved that not all audiences are the same and with the last concert of the season taking place tonight, we put together a playlist to find out what tracks our audience and Orchestra love to listen to.  Enjoy.

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