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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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Calling oboe and bassoon players of all standards

Thu 15 Jun 2017

oboe and bassoon

Calling all oboe and bassoon players! Join us for a unique opportunity to perform Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with a specially-created massed wind ensemble.

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Introducing the Baroque Oboe

Fri 19 May 2017

‘The lack of keys on this instrument should never be seen as a disadvantage.’

Our Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

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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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Daniel Bates on the oboe in Mahler 2

Fri 8 Apr 2016

‘It takes the musicians and the audience on this epic journey.’

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Dan Bates

Oboe

Dan was first invited to play with the OAE for a European tour with Simon Rattle performing Mozart Symphonies.

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Oboe

“Majestical and Stately, and not much Inferior to the Trumpet.” So wrote Henry Playford of the oboe in The Sprightly Companion, an oboe ‘how to’ published in 1695. Handel’s ‘favourite’ instrument, Tomaso Albinoni’s vehicle to fame (listen to his Opus. 7 oboe concertos) and the lucky recipient of some of Vivaldi’s most technical writing (he wrote 17 concertos for oboe and strings), the Baroque oboe is one of the OAE’s glorious instruments.

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