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A Souvenir from Beverley

Thu 30 May 2013

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Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.

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And now for something completely different…

Thu 16 May 2013

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It’s that time of year again, when we reveal our ‘look’ for the new season. You might have seen a few things that hinted at our forthcoming brochure, most notably our recent video showing it on the printing presses, but here for the first time we can reveal the full set of pictures.

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The evolution of the violin bow

Thu 8 Nov 2012

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OAE violinist, Henrietta Wayne, gives us an insight into the history of the violin bow, from the 1500s to today.

Watch the video to find out about what a violin frog is and how you can make your own bow with a twig and string!

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OAE TOTS: Going on a Journey (with hats this time)

Tue 18 Sep 2012

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As part of the Kings Place Festival at the weekend, we hosted two TOTS workshops, led by violinist Hetty Wayne and bassoonist Rebecca Stockwell. Ticket holders were told to bring a hat as we were all going on a journey and our audience didn’t disappoint us, we saw many splendid hats during the day. My personal favourite was a full lion’s mane donned by an enthusiastic toddler, closely followed by a gloriously oversized homemade newspaper hat that was often put on dad for safe keeping.

During the workshops, Hetty led everyone on a magical adventure to discover more about the violin and the bassoon. The attentive audience were encouraged to sing, dance and join in with the music which included:

William Byrd Gipsies Round
Giles Farnaby Wooddy-Cock
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Sonata Representativa
Henry Purcell Lillibulero from The Gordian Knot Untied
Arcangelo Corelli La Follia & Gavotte Tendre L’Abbe le Fils

Not only were we impressed by the brilliant listening from our audience of under 5 year olds but we were also very impressed at the excellent participation from Mums, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas (who had also bought their own hats)! My only regret was that I’d forgotten my hat, not that I can ever fit my hair under one…

Ellie Cowan, OAE Education Officer

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Not all audiences are the same: Scott and Henrietta

Thu 21 Jun 2012

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Here’s the latest in our series of audience / Orchestra interviews, this time with one of the more colourful members of our audience, Scott, together with OAE violinist Henrietta.

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A thousand twangling instruments…the first Anthem workshops

Mon 9 Jan 2012

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Not wanting to waste any time in OAE Education, we have already had the first sessions of the year with Anthem workshops in Plymouth and London this week.  For the first few months of 2012 OAE players will go into schools and start to teach the Anthem songs ‘Twangling Instruments’ and ‘My Cry’.  OAE Education Director, Cherry Forbes, gives us her on the road diary on Thursday 5 January, from the first of many Anthem workshops:

After a drive of 470 miles from Suffolk to Cornwall Hetty and I had a fantastic session with our first group of primary schools yesterday. Eager eyed after the holidays and bright in their red tartan uniform around 50 children worked on James’ fanfare and his fabulous song My Cry. An in depth discussion about rosin led to the quote of the day from Hetty “my violin has loads of germs on it but I don’t worry about them!”

A Year 6 pupil commented after the workshop: ” That was fantastic! I love singing, I sing everyday!”

This was a wonderful way to start the term and I am delighted that our Anthem project has now really started – our specially commissioned music is being taught to the pupils, preparing them for their concert later in the year. Today Hetty and I are going to two other schools in Plymouth while Cecelia and Claire kick off the London workshops – good luck to all!

Cherry Forbes, Education Director


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