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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016

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We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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You’re not going home, are you?

Thu 10 Dec 2015

NYE video

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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Something to do this weekend

Thu 2 Oct 2014

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It’s only one week until our Southbank Season starts, but before then you can join us for a refresher at our headquarters in King’s Cross.

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Top 5 Reasons to apply to be our new Marketing and Press trainee

Tue 1 Apr 2014

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As I end my three-month placement within the OAE as the Marketing and Press trainee, I have compiled a list of the 5 reasons YOU should apply for the position.

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Music and Art – Perfect Harmony

Fri 18 Oct 2013

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On Saturday 12th October we took part in the annual Guardian event The Big Draw at Kings Place.  Two OAE musicians; Katherine Spencer (clarinet) and Joanna Lawrence (violin), supplied the music for the ‘draw what you hear’ workshops.

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New Year with the OAE

Wed 16 Oct 2013

New-Year-OAE

This year, our popular New Years concerts return to Kings Place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, to welcome in twenty fourteen with music that’s even more rousing than Auld Lang Syne, and the good news is a) it doesn’t matter if you’re hung over and b) we won’t make you hold hands and sing along.

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Bach Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos – Audience Reactions

Fri 24 May 2013

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A chance to hear some of the audience reactions to the third and final part of our Kings Place ‘Bach Unwrapped’ series ‘Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos’. 

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Helen-Jane Howells – Speed Interview

Mon 20 May 2013

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Soprano Helen-Jane Howells joined us on Friday for the last edition in our Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos series.  We caught up with her after the show, for a chat about rituals and Ska music.

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David Allsopp – Speed Interview

Tue 7 May 2013

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Countertenor David Allsopp joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment in our Bach journey, at Kings Place. 

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Speed Interview – Guy Cutting

Thu 2 May 2013

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Tenor Guy Cutting joins us on 17 May for the third and final instalment of Bach’s Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  He took a break from rehearsals to speak with us about some of the simpler things in life.

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Cantatas & Brandenburg Concertos: Audience reaction

Wed 24 Apr 2013

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On 19 April, we performed on the Kings Place stage for the second of our three Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos concerts.

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John Butt: In Conversation

Thu 18 Apr 2013

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As we prepare for the next in our series of three concerts at Kings Place celebrating the musical genius of J.S Bach (coming up tomorrow night), we caught up with conductor John Butt to find out more about the composer himself and what makes him so special.

For full information and booking details, visit the event page.

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Sally Bruce-Payne – Speed Interview

Fri 12 Apr 2013

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Mezzo-soprano Sally Bruce-Payne joins us at Kings Place, on 19 April, for Bach Unwrapped: Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  We asked her to take our speed interview, here’s what she had to say.

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TOTS playlist: March

Sat 23 Mar 2013

OAE-TOTS

We hope you enjoyed our OAE TOTS go Wind today- it was fabulous to see so many music makers at Kings Place on a snowy Saturday morning!

If you grown-ups would like to know what you heard and maybe listen again at home, here’s a list of some of the music we played:

Anon (songs) Wind, wind, blow the clouds/Rock-a-bye baby
Vilano
             Ground bass
Corette
           Rondeau from Sonata 1 Op. 2  
Philidor
         Marche de La Calote
Keller
             3rd movement from Sonata in C
Engels
            Nachtigall or Bird Fancyer’s delight
Handel
            Country Dance from Water Music
Purcell
          Wondrous Machine
Bach
               Sinfonia from Christmas Oratorio

 

If you’d like more information about OAE Education and future TOTS concerts, visit our Education section.

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Sing the Passions

Fri 22 Mar 2013

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Our Sing the Passions event at Kings Place is coming up tomorrow afternoon and we’re busy practicing our scales and warming up our vocal chords.

For those of you able to make it, here’s a bit about what we’ll be exploring in the workshop…

Our Principal keyboard player Robert Howarth will be joined by tenor Norbert Meyn, to sing the role of the Evangelist. Norbert is a specialist in language and will work with Robert and the audience to explore such matters as pronunciation and characterisation.  We’ll be looking at a mixture of numbers from both Passions with such choruses as Sind Blitze, sind Donner in Wolken verschwunden and Kreuzige, kreuzige!

If you already have a score of the St Matthew and St John Passion, then please feel free to bring along your copies to the session. If not, don’t worry as music will be provided. (We’ll be working from the Barenreiter Score.)

Get those singing voices ready and we’ll see you there!

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Speed Interview – John Butt

Thu 21 Mar 2013

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Conductor John Butt is about to make his appearance with us for the first of three concerts at Kings Place celebrating Bach’s Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  We put our speed interview questions to him:

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Bach…unwrapped

Sat 16 Mar 2013

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Bach-ing mad?

Then you might like our video trailer.

We’re very excited to be part of Kings Place’s largest annual series to date, Bach Unwrapped, celebrating the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. We kick off our set of nine events on 22 March with a concert celebrating his Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos, led by the effervescent conductor, John Butt.

But it doesn’t end there…from March to May, we’ll have two OAE TOTS concerts (23 March) for our younger music-lovers, a chance to sing Bach’s Passions with OAE principal keyboardist Robert Howarth (23 March), as well as a lively family concert (18 May) and a study day, focusing on Bach’s sublime Brandenburg Concertos (20 April).

If that’s still not enough Bach for you, you can download an online brochure for the whole series here.

All event info and booking can be found here or you can call the Kings Place Box Office on 020 7520 1490.

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Speed Interview – Stuart Jackson

Wed 13 Mar 2013

Stuart-Jackson

On 22 March, our first concert as part of the Kings Place Bach Unwrapped series will explore Bach’s Cantatas and Brandenburg Concertos.  Among the performers will be critically acclaimed tenor; Stuart Jackson.

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Speed Interview- Anna Dennis

Mon 11 Mar 2013

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As the first in our series of Bach Unwrapped concerts approaches, we chatted to soprano Anna Dennis about snakes, Schoenberg and silent films…

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