Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.Read More
Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around?Read More
Finishing around 8.30pm, our Kings Place concert is the perfect aperitif for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve in the heart of Kings Cross and Camden.
So, if you’re planning on sticking around after the chamber music and Viennese dances, here are our top local tips to keep you entertained to midnight and beyond.Read More
We’re taking a break from our 30th birthday season at Southbank Centre to pay a visit to the stunning West London Synagogue, just off Edgware Road.Read More
I recently had the great pleasure of joining the OAE on a little tour to Eisenstadt, Austria, playing a little bit of Schubert and lots of Haydn in the Esterhazy Palace where he worked. It was my first international tour, and my first freelance work with the OAE, having been a member of the Ann and Peter Law Experience Scheme this year.Read More
Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.Read More
Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.Read More
Get a sneak preview of our forthcoming performances of Haydn’s Creation with this new video from a rehearsal this week.
Hear it live at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, tonight, 4 May details
Hear it live at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, 6 May detailsRead More
Their music might have stood the test of time, but what about their looks?Read More
A Viola player using the latest technology to create a musical composition, an artist based in Singapore that can create life-like images with just paint and resin – there’s so much to see here and all so culturally nourishing. Plus, if you can make it to the bottom, there’s a picture of Haydn in hair curlers.Read More
In this talk Richard Wigmore looks at the history and vivid descriptions of Haydn’s The Creation. Was it ‘programme music’ before its time?Read More
‘Achingly beautiful’, ‘joyous’, ‘looked like they were having fun’…just a few of the comments you made after our performance of Haydn’s fabulous Creation at the beginning of the month.Read More
With his performance in Haydn’s Creation on the horizon, we asked tenor Andrew Kennedy a few quick questions…Read More
With our New Year performance of Creation drawing ever closer, we spoke to conductor for the night, Adam Fischer…Read More
One from the vaults, in fact way back in October 2011! This is a recording of our OAE Extras talk from 21 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, prior to a concert which Kati was leading. In this event she talked to Nicola Christie about, amongst other things, babychinos, bows and ‘Papa’ Haydn. Apologies for the few quiet episodes in this podcast – Kati abandoned her microphone a few times to play her violin and we also hadn’t miked the audience for questions!Read More
Here’s our brand-new podcast for November. As ever, it’s a packed edition. First off we speak to regular OAE collaborator, violinist Rachel Podger, about her upcoming project with us – 1700s London and the Fab Four, a concert featuring music from Haydn, Abel, Arne and JC Bach that you can hear in both London and Bradford-on-Avon. Then we catch up with Education Director Cherry Forbes backstage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, where we find out more about her role and what the OAE Education team gets up to. Next up is OAE Co-Principal Keyboard player Steven Devine who tells us about his favourite recordings, including a VERY unusual version of Handel’s Messiah (hear a more conventional one from us on 6 Dec at the Royal Festival Hall!). Lastlywe take a look back to September, when Robert Levin joined us to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 – in a special interview he tells us about the piece and his approach to it. Happy listening!
The podcast will soon also be available on itunes.Read More
It’s not long until our concert with Trevor Pinnock, Kati Debretzeni and Jonathan Manson, playing some fabulous music by Haydn and his two contempories, Boccherini and Salomon.
We thought we’d be extra generous and give you the chance to hear some of the music we’ll be playing on Friday in our Spotify playlist.Read More
On Friday this week, we’ll be celebrating three musical superstars in our Papa Haydn and his Wife concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We caught up with one of the OAE leaders, Kati Debretzeni, who’ll be performing on the night:Read More
On Friday 21 October we’ll be at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, celebrating the music of Haydn, but also of his lesser known contempories: Boccherini and Salomon. Ahead of the concert, here’s a taster into the life and times of Johann Peter Salomon.Read More
Well today is the first day of our latest project with our Principal Artist Sir Simon Rattle (pictured conducting us a few years ago in Budapest). Of course everyone is *quite* excited about it. We’re touring a concert of Mozart and Haydn, which also features pianists Katia & Marielle Labèque playing the Mozart Concerto for two pianos.
This afternoon and evening sees our first rehearsal with Sir Simon (he’s coming to us straight from a project with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), with further rehearsals Wednesday and Thursday (we have a rehearsal of Rinaldo for Glyndebourne on the Tuesday). That evening we’re off to Brussels – staying the night there and onto Luxembourg on Friday. We give a concert in Luxembourg Friday night before travelling onto Paris for a concert there on Saturday. We’ve also just found out that we’re going head to head with the London Symphony Orchestra that night – we’re at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, while they are at the Salle Pleyel – and we’re even staying at the same hotel!
Sunday morning we travel back to London before flying to Dublin for a concert at the National Concert Hall on Monday night. Then it’s an early flight back Tuesday to London and the final concert of the tour at the Royal Festival Hall.
It’s going to be an exciting week and we’re going to try and bring you as much news as possible along the way. Make sure you also follow us on Twitter and Facebook to hear the latest.Read More