Rameau Ouverture, Airs pour les Athletes, Bruit de Guerre, Gravement, Funeral Lament Tristes apprêts, pâles flambeaux and Menuet from Castor et Pollux Rameau Sommeil from Dardanus Rameau Règne avec moi, Bacchus from Anacréon Rameau Tambourins 1 & 2 from Dardanus Rameau Je vole, amour from Les Paladins Rameau Chaconne from Dardanus Handel Concerto Grosso in G minor Op. 6 No. 6 Handel Che sento o Dio and Se Pieta from Giulio Cesare Handel March from Scipione Handel Scoglio d’immota fronte from Scipione Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks William Christie conductor Sandrine Piau soprano
While George Frideric Handel -England’s favourite adopted composer- seems to have attracted a number of less than complimentary comments from fellow composers (Berlioz calling him ‘a barrel of pork and beer’), he’s never been received by anything less than acclaim here in London, with his Music for the Royal Fireworks remaining a favourite to this day. The rest of the programme features orchestral overtures and arias from French composer and Gamechanger, Jean-Philippe Rameau.
The dinner jackets have been returned to their wardrobes and the picnic hampers stowed as Glyndebourne is over for another year.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect…
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.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…)Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
Their music might have stood the test of time, but what about their looks?Read More
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.Read More