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Why is it called the Surprise Symphony? The secret of Haydn’s success

Mon 9 Jul 2018

Haydn’s Surprise Symphony isn’t just one dramatic moment. Our Chief Executive Crispin explains why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’.

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

Fri 11 May 2018

The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.” 

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Introducing Haydn’s oboe

Fri 4 May 2018

“I always feel that playing these instruments is like doing a tight-rope walk without any kind of safety net…”

Our co-principal oboe Dan Bates introduces the instrument that composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) would have been familiar with.

Hear Dan perform at our next Turning Points event at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London:

Sat 12 May 2018
First and Last of a Great Genius
Haydn Symphony no. 1 Haydn Symphony no. 104 London

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The Corridors of Power programme

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Here’s the programme for our The Corridors of Power concert on Tuesday 27 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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The Corridors of Power: playlist preview

Wed 7 Feb 2018

One of the more unusual concerts in our 2017/18 Visions, Illusions and Delusions season is The Corridors of Power, a mixture of Haydn and Mozart conducted by our old friend Ádám Fischer.

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Steven Isserlis and Haydn’s cello concerto in C

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis shows us his Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello and chats about Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C which he will be playing next week at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert programme

Fri 17 Mar 2017

Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

If you can’t see anything below, click here.

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Timpani

Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016

Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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You’re not going home, are you?

Thu 10 Dec 2015

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.

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The West London Synagogue

Tue 27 Oct 2015

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.

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Cellist Josh Salter joins the OAE on tour to Eisenstadt, Austria

Mon 28 Sep 2015

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.

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Playlist: Lord of the Strings

Fri 21 Nov 2014

Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.

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Put your thinking caps on and name a concert for us…

Mon 10 Nov 2014

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.

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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

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

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Current Distractions

Thu 25 Apr 2013

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

Hannah-Bishop-and-Pascha

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

‘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

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

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