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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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Lindsay Kemp on Handel and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Wed 29 May 2013

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When we close our season on 3 June, all arias performed will be from roles associated with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.  Here Lindsay Kemp discusses the performer and the history behind the music.

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson – Performing Handel

Fri 24 May 2013

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On 3 June, we take to the stage at Royal Festival Hall for a tribute to the great mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. 

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson

Mon 13 May 2013

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Lorraine Hunt Lieberson was born in San Francisco, on 1 March 1954.  She grew up in a very musical household, with both her parents being music teachers and heavily involved in opera.

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Mildly Rude?

Wed 1 May 2013

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We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve added a concert entitled Mildly Rude? to our 2013/2014 Southbank Centre season.  Rounding off our Gamechangers series, it’s a opportunity to hear music from one of Britain’s unsung classical heroes, William Boyce.

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Sally Bruce-Payne – Speed Interview

Fri 12 Apr 2013

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Mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne joins us at Kings Place, on 19 April, for Bach Unwrapped: Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  We asked her to take our speed interview, here’s what she had to say.

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Countertenor

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The countertenor is the highest male adult voice.  Peter Giles, a professional countertenor and noted author on the subject, defines the countertenor as a musical part, rather than a vocal style or mechanism. The countertenor range is generally equivalent to an alto range, extending from approximately G3 or A3 to E5 or G5 and they will usually have a vocal center similar in placement to that of a mezzo-soprano.

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TOTS playlist: March

Sat 23 Mar 2013

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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
Vilano
             Ground bass
Corette
           Rondeau from Sonata 1 Op. 2  
Philidor
         Marche de La Calote
Keller
             3rd movement from Sonata in C
Engels
            Nachtigall or Bird Fancyer’s delight
Handel
            Country Dance from Water Music
Purcell
          Wondrous Machine
Bach
               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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