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Watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse Haydn’s Creation

Sun 4 May 2014

Sir Simon Rattle

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 details

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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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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Apr 2013

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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.

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Pre-concert talk: Creation 9 January 2013

Thu 4 Apr 2013

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In this talk Richard Wigmore looks at the history and vivid descriptions of Haydn’s The Creation.  Was it ‘programme music’ before its time?

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Creation: Audience reaction

Wed 23 Jan 2013

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‘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.

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Speed Interview – Andrew Kennedy

Mon 7 Jan 2013

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With his performance in Haydn’s Creation on the horizon, we asked tenor Andrew Kennedy a few quick questions…

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Speed Interview: Adam Fischer

Mon 17 Dec 2012

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With our New Year performance of Creation drawing ever closer, we spoke to conductor for the night, Adam Fischer…

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In conversation with OAE leader Kati Debretzeni

Sun 20 May 2012

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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!

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November 2011 podcast now out…

Wed 16 Nov 2011

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.

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A sneak preview of Friday’s music…

Tue 18 Oct 2011

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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.

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Kati Debretzeni: Speed Interview

Mon 17 Oct 2011

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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:

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Salomon: a musical superstar?

Thu 13 Oct 2011

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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.

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On tour with Sir Simon: a preview

Mon 13 Jun 2011

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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.

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Speed interview: Thierry Fischer

Fri 25 Jun 2010

Next Tuesday we are performing Haydn’s Creation in the atmospheric surroundings of St Paul’s Cathedral, as part of the City of London Festival. We caught up with conductor Thierry Fischer to ask him a few quick questions:

What/when was your big breakthrough?

Still to come…

What do you fear the most?

Today, … I fear that Switzerland is not going to reach the final of the World Cup…

Which mobile number do you call the most?

My wife’s number and my travel agent’s one… and the “lost and found office” at Geneva Airport.

What – or where – is perfection?

Fortunately, there is no answer. A perfect hope would be to believe that everything is still possible…

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

Well… today… it’s…

Book: Raimond Gregorius in Night train for Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Comic: XIII by Jean Van Hamme

Film: Schlomo in Va, vis et deviens by Radu Mihaileanu

Opera: La Musica in La Favola d’Orfeo by Monteverdi

… And tomorrow will be different…

What’s your favourite ritual?

My favourite ritual is to do my best not to have one.

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

Anyone, at any level, in any branch, acting with creativity to bring something new and constructive, full of perspectives…

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?

Being a striker in the Swiss Football Team.

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?

La Ville des deux Paix played by Hesperion XXI conducted by Jordi Savall.

Should the classical music world work harder to attract a wider audience?

Yes, not really much harder but more specifically, promoting the energy of “Live Music” which can’t be replaced by any technology…

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Creation in Brighton

Wed 16 Jun 2010

Here are some pics from Monday’s Creation Education project, a joint effort with Brighton Early Music Festival. The orchestra rehearsed on their own in the morning in St George’s Church, Kemp Town, Brighton. We were then joined by 250 school children in the afternoon, who were EXTREMELY well behaved. At 6pm we were joined by all their parents who were queuing around the block to come and hear them sing some Turkish songs and Part 1 of Haydn’s Creation.

After the performance I nipped down to the beach (looking and feeling very out of place trying to carry my wheelie suitcase down the pebbly beach!) to meet the bassoonist, Zoe and Rebecca, and Lizzy, one of the singers. They were keeping Zoe company as she had decided to go for a swim.

Megan Russell, Projects Manager

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Celebrating the Creation

Fri 18 Dec 2009

I arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hall last Thursday, pretty exhausted from our concert the night before with Sir Mark Elder conducting the OAE in Haydn’s Creation, to help out at our schools concert based around the same piece of music. I had been told that there’d be 800 kids from various schools we work with in the local Camden/Islington area as well as some who’d travelled down from Suffolk, but I couldn’t imagine quite how noisy and packed the Front Room of the QEH would be! The aim of the day was to explore the links between music and science through activities in the foyer and then a concert in the main hall.

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Haydn's Creation: reviews

Mon 14 Dec 2009

Our performance of Haydn’s Creation at the Royal Festival Hall last week was our last this year in London, and here’s what the reviewers made of it. What did you think?

Independent
Guardian
The Times
Financial Times
Classical Source
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Cultural cat

Thu 10 Dec 2009

In preparation for our Haydn Creation concert at the Royal Festival Hall last night we rehearsed for a few days in Cecil Sharpe House, in a leafy street just by Regents Park. I arrived at the rehearsal the other morning to find an extra special member of the orchestra purring around the hall. A local cat had managed to sneak into the rehearsal room and was making friends with various members of the Orchestra, including Anthony Bailey (one of our young players on the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme) who is in the photo. Unfortunately we couldn’t let it stay for the rehearsal as it had a bell around its neck which might have been a little distracting!

Megan Russell, Projects Manager

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OAE Patrons in Eisenstadt

Mon 28 Sep 2009

Earlier this month, I travelled with a group of our patrons to Austria for a performance by the OAE in the Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt. Haydn worked in the Esterházy for over 30 years and it seemed a perfect time for this trip to celebrate Haydn’s Bicentenary.

Day One
After a hassle-free flight to Vienna we travelled to Eisenstadt, which is approximately 1 hour from the airport. That evening we dined outdoors at a lovely restaurant directly opposite the Schloss Esterházy. We sat outside to make the most of the balmy evening but blankets were a nice touch as the night turned cooler.

Day Two
Morning walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, Haydn Mausoleum and Schloss Esterházy, along with hordes of other tourists. The patrons then spent the afternoon in Hungary and thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Eszterháza.

We were all very excited about hearing the Orchestra perform in the Haydnsaal. As always, the Orchestra played beautifully and the acoustics were simply superb. Following the concert, Laurence Cummings and some of the other players from the OAE joined us for a hearty feast. We enjoyed a seasonal dinner, starting with pumpkin soup, which was the best I have ever had!

Day Three
Back to London with long delays checking into Heathrow…

Claire Lenyk, Development Manager, Individual Giving

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Busy times…

Tue 31 Mar 2009

Having written a short while ago about a less busy period for the Orchestra, we are now currently in the midst of an incredibly busy few months.
Last week we started rehearsal for the St Matthew Passion with Mark Padmore, which had its first performance last night in Bristol. Prior to this project starting we had already started rehearsals for Dido & Aeneas and Acis & Galatea at the Royal Opera House. We had the dress rehearsal for that last Friday, and the first night is tonight. You can imagine that quite a lot of work goes into scheduling and dovetailing two projects like these!

The Passion is touring to Amsterdam, Spain, Paris and Berlin, and the double bill at the Royal Opera House is playing until 20 April. Then from 19 April we’re straight into our next two projects – Heiner Goebbel’s Songs of Wars I have seen and our Haydn concert with conductor Ed Gardner. Phew!

William, Marketing Director

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