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Sat 4 Oct 2014

Kings Place Hall One

Chamber Classics Unwrapped: Schubert – Octet

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Schubert Octet in F, D803
Schubert Complete Songs of 1824:
Schubert Gondelfahrer, D809
Schubert Gondelfahrer, D808
Schubert Auflösung, D807
Schubert Der Sieg, D805
Schubert Lied eines Kriegers, D822
Schubert Abendstern, D806
Schubert Wandrers Nachtlied II, D768
Schubert Gebet, D815 Daniel Norman tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Sholto Kynoch piano

In tonight’s concert, Roderick Williams joins us with a team of world-class singers for an irresistible finale to Oxford Lieder’s Schubert residency.  An hour in length, this is a chamber music epic: Schubert himself said that he regarded it as preparatory to writing a symphony. 

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Sat 4 Oct 2014

Kings Place Hall One

Beethoven Septet

Beethoven's Septet
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Beethoven Septet
Schubert Einsamkeit
Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte

Stephan Loges bass-baritone

This evening’s two concerts explore the musical relationship between Beethoven and Schubert.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera

Mon 30 Jun 2014

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We’re currently performing La Finta Giardiniera at Glyndebourne Opera House. Here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about this Mozart opera, check it out and tell us about it!

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Exit Interview: Matthew Grindon

Thu 26 Jun 2014

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Our Marketing and Press Officer, Matthew Grindon, responsible for a lot of the content on this website and on social media, left the OAE team last week for pastures new. We put our Exit Interview questions to him…

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Current Distractions

Fri 20 Jun 2014

Current Distractions

As I will sadly be leaving the OAE this is my last arts blog, but stay tuned; my fantastic colleagues will be taking over and shall continue to bring you interesting things from the art world.  I’ve really enjoyed doing this and so thanks to everyone who read it! (aka my mum).  Only joking – my mum never reads it.

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Operamaniac

Tue 17 Jun 2014

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Opera might have emerged as a form of art to entertain the rich and powerful, but it soon became used as a way to express political and social discontent. You might think such liberties are only a product of the 20th century, but the fact is kings and governments throughout history have trembled and even fallen because of Opera.

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Gamechangers: Mildly Rude in rehearsal

Tue 10 Jun 2014

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Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata was wildly popular in its day and even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. But it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.

Watch the video below for a sneak peek at our rehearsals.

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Music, Mermaids and the A-Team

Fri 6 Jun 2014

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When Education Director Cherry Forbes calls you up about a project, you know it’s going to be something good and I’m laying my cards on the table – I’m not sure this one will be easily topped!

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Sing-a-long-a-Spitalfields

Wed 4 Jun 2014

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Who doesn’t like a sing song from time to time?  Impress your neighbours next time you’re in the shower with our handy phonetic guide to Ich ruf zu dir Jubilate Domino and Vater unser in Himmelreich by Praetorius, courtesy of Robert Howarth – both of which we perform this Friday at the Spitalfields Festival.

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OAE Market Hunt

Tue 3 Jun 2014

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Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of  pop-up performances.

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Current Distractions

Thu 29 May 2014

Current Distractions

In this week’s Current Distractions – surreal dogs, fun chocolate and a dormant crust of planetary mass that hasn’t spewed out anything hot in years.

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Mildly Rude?

Thu 29 May 2014

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On 12 June we close our Southbank 2013-2014 Season with Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?, so called for its inclusion of Boyce’s Solomon – A Serenata, which caused outrage when performed in front of Victorian audiences. 

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Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

Thu 29 May 2014

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Spitalfields!  If it was an actual field you wouldn’t visit it, but it’s not, it’s a hive of cultural activity that we love, and this year we’re all over it.

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Steven Devine: Speed Interview

Tue 27 May 2014

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On 12 June, Steven Devine will direct the OAE in Gamechangers: Mildly Rude?  Here we spoke with him about Bach and The Butterfly Effect

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The Hall of the Shame

Mon 19 May 2014

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Over the last few weeks absolutely loads of you have been in touch to tell us your most hated classical pieces.  And we weren’t exempt, with one person arguing this ”doesn’t achieve anything. Just more nauseating PR”, I think it’s safe to assume we made his hall of shame. We had a great laugh hearing some of your responses and have put together the definitive list.  So get your ear plugs at the ready, here’s you top ten most hated classical pieces.

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William Boyce (1711-1779)

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His times: As was the case for most professional musicians at the time, the church shaped much of William Boyce’s early musical life. He sang at St Paul’s Cathedral in whose shadow he was born, before holding appointments as organist at a number of city churches and becoming Master of the King’s Music.

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Current Distractions

Thu 15 May 2014

Current distractions

Deputy Director of Development Harriet Lawrence takes charge of this week’s Current Distractions – and it’s a geek edition, featuring music in space, city stargazing, what happens when astronomy gets naughty and some xylophones.

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5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel

Fri 2 May 2014

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As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel.  Even Baroque superstars have secrets…

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Current Distractions

Thu 1 May 2014

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In this week’s Current Distractions – Classical music at its rudest and some animals that are marginally more interesting than normal.

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Tube Strike Playlist

Wed 30 Apr 2014

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Got the tube strike blues?  Here’s some relaxing music as chosen by the OAE office, just for you.  With any luck this will help to put you in a meditative state of mind, while you’re pressed against a strangers armpit for hours on end. 

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