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Sun 27 Apr 2014

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Rameau’s Zaïs

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Rameau Zaïs

Jonathan Williams conductor

Edith Lalonger choreographer

Jeremy Budd Zaïs
Louise Alder Zélidie
Ashley Riches Cindor
Katherine Watson Amour
David Stout Oromazès
Katherine Manley La grande Prêtresse
Anna Dennis Une Sylphide
Gwilym Bowen Sylph
Choir of the Enlightenment
Les Plaisirs des Nations

Experience Rameau’s powerfully expressive opera Zaïs, as it receives its British premiere. This rare, semi-staged performance features beautiful Baroque choreography performed by Edith Lalonger’s Parisian dance troupe, Les Plaisirs des Nations.

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7 Things You (probably) Didn’t Know About Rameau

Tue 22 Apr 2014

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In preparation for the UK debut of Rameau’s Zaïs, here are 7 things you (probably) didn’t know about composer Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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Operamaniac – 5 Operas to see before you die

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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We all have our favourite operas (if you are into opera, of course). And frequently an intense debate among opera fanatics can arise over who is the best composer. After two hundred years we still debate about Wagner and Verdi, two amazing composers that changed opera forever. With this in mind, I have recently been asked the following: “Daniel, if you had to nominate five (and only five) operas that everyone must see before they die, what would they be?”

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Flash Sale!

Thu 17 Apr 2014

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Trouble drinking, walking and eating Easter eggs all at once?  Now, thanks to the OAE Travel Mug, your troubles are over.

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Luise Buchberger: Speed Interview

Thu 17 Apr 2014

Luise Buchberger credit Dominic Colchester

Luise was recently announced as the OAE’s new Co-Principal Cello.  We had a chance to chat with her about her musical background, why she was attracted to the OAE and what career she would have if she was not a cellist (the answer may surprise you!)

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Press reviews

Mon 14 Apr 2014

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We round up some of the press reviews from last week’s concert with Semyon Bychkov…

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Listen again

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we joined Semyon Bychkov in a packed Royal Festival Hall for Beethoven’s explosive Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s epic Symphony No.9.  But fear not – BBC Radio 3 were there to capture the whole thing.  So if you missed it, just click on the link below and listen at your leisure.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – Audience reactions

Wed 9 Apr 2014

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Last night we climbed aboard the Royal Festival Hall stage, to take on the Great and the powerful in a concert featuring Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No.7.  Here’s what you had to say about it….

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Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello – Press Reactions

Thu 3 Apr 2014

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Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla.  It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…

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Live on BBC Radio 3

Mon 24 Mar 2014

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You might have seen that the beeb have their own specially erected pod, currently housing them in the Southbank Centre and we’re pleased to announce that tomorrow’s concert of Gamechangers: A Forgotten Cello will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 7pm.

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Speed Interview – Sigiswald Kuijken

Mon 24 Mar 2014

The Works

In the lead up to tomorrow’s concert featuring the violoncello da spalla, we spoke with director and violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken.

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Current Distractions

Thu 20 Mar 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions, a new opera house and what rich people should be spending their money on.

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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats Playlist

Thu 20 Mar 2014

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On 8 April we’ll be joined by Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall for Symphonic Greats, featuring two monumental masterpieces; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Schubert’s Great Symphony No. 9.

Listen to the Spotify playlist below for a taste of what to expect.

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Sigiswald Kuijken on Newsnight

Fri 14 Mar 2014

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Many of you may have noticed Violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken, on yesterday’s edition of Newsnight. Sigiswald joined Emily Maitless to play the show out with a rendition of Bach’s Bourrée No.1 from Suite No. 3 BWV 1009. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it below.

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Current Distractions

Thu 6 Mar 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – street art, a dressed up dad, a matchstick Hogwarts, mind music, a lady singing in a lake and much, much more.

Actually, no, that’s pretty much everything.

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A salute to feathers, furs and fins

Thu 6 Mar 2014

OAE Education

The past month at the OAE has been filled with various animal-related hilarity, involving two of my favourite education events so far; OAE TOTS Animal Time, and the Carnival of the Animals family concert.

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French Fancies – Press Reactions

Mon 3 Mar 2014

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On 20 February, we performed with Katia and Marielle Labèque in a programme featuring Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy and Ibert.  We’ve heard your thoughts so now it’s time to look at what the press had to say…

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French Fancies – audience reactions

Thu 27 Feb 2014

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There were steady tortoises, speeding fingers and even cops and robbers. But what did you have to say about our recent concert with Katia and Marielle Labèque…

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Zaïs – Cast your votes!

Wed 26 Feb 2014

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On 27 April we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rameau’s death, with a British premiere of one of his most powerful operas – Zaïs.

We need an eye-catching image to go with the concert but which one is best? We’ve narrowed it down to our four favourite designs and now we need your help.

Each of the designs is based on the opera’s overture, which depicts the four elements emerging out of chaos.  You can also see that in two of the designs this is taken a step further with Fire, Earth, Air and Water each represented by a colour.

Vote for the image you like best at the bottom of the page. Voting closes Monday 3 March at 9.30am

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French Fancies, your thoughts…

Fri 21 Feb 2014

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Over the last couple of days, we’ve joined up with the Labèque sisters in Reading and London for French Fancies, two concerts featuring Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.   Here’s what you had to say about the performances…

[View the story "French Fancies, 19 & 20 February, Queen Elizabeth Hall" on Storify]

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