For those of you who’d like to delve deeper into the work of Purcell, here’s a taste of the music from his much celebrated opera Fairy Queen, featured in TOTS this weekend.Read More
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.Read More
Thanks to everyone who came along to TOTs on Saturday, we had a great time and very much enjoyed taking you on our musical tour of Europe. Below you’ll find a full list of the music included in the concert. See you next time!Read More
Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.Read More
This week, as part of our collaboration with National Centre for Early Music (NCEM), we’ve been working with students from Years 7 and 8 from Beverly Grammar School, as well as York University MEG students, recreating Purcell’s Fairy Queen.Read More
Education Director Cherry Forbes is currently up in Beverley, working on an exciting project based on Purcell’s Fairy Queen. Here, Cherry tells us about the first day of the project; the quirks of staying in this beautiful historic town and what to expect from the rest of the week.Read More
Today is not only St. George’s Day but also World Book Day, so we thought we’d mix some British music with some literature-related music and the result is a new Spotify playlist, including Purcell’s works on Shakespeare, Monteverdi’s on Petrarca, Strauss on Cervantes…
Add some Dowland, Britten, Tallis, Sullivan and of course the most well-known versions of Romeo and Juliet (Berlioz, Prokofiev and Bernstein’s West Side Story) and you’ll have a wonderful soundtrack for your day. Enjoy it!Read More
The countertenor is the highest male adult voice. Peter Giles, a professional countertenor and noted author on the subject, defines the countertenor as a musical part, rather than a vocal style or mechanism. The countertenor range is generally equivalent to an alto range, extending from approximately G3 or A3 to E5 or G5 and they will usually have a vocal center similar in placement to that of a mezzo-soprano.Read More
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.Read More
Anyone present at ‘Live Friday’ last week will have heard Margaret Faultless, Robin Michael and Matthew Truscott putting Purcell through his paces, on the rooftop of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.Read More
After last month’s performance of Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: French Exchange at Southbank Centre, we spoke with some audience members to find out what they thought of the concert.Read More
In Part 3 of our guide to female opera characters, we’re looking into the life of famous queen Dido…and tonight at the Royal Festival Hall, Anna Caterina Antonacci will be portraying the lady herself in an aria from Berlioz’s grand opera Les Troyens.
Who was she?
Dido was founder and queen of Carthage. She fled her home of Tyre when her brother murdered her husband and she settled with her followers in North Africa.
The new city of Carthage was flourishing when the Trojan hero Aeneas arrived on his way to Italy to found what would eventually be Rome. However, when he stopped in Carthage the goddess Venus made Dido fall in love with him and for a while Aeneas postponed his quest. When he eventually left, Dido was heartbroken and committed suicide, cursing Aeneas and his descendants. Aeneas later met Dido in the underworld but she refused to forgive him even in death.
What was she famous for?
Dido is most famous for the Roman poet Virgil’s account of her romance Aeneas in The Aeneid. The story of their doomed romance was used by Christopher Marlowe, Henry Purcell and Sasha Waltz.
Dido has a popstar, a computer game character, a mathematical problem and an asteroid named after her.
Was she a queen, heroine or ladykiller?
Dido was a queen first and foremost. Before Aeneas arrived on the scene, she was an accomplished leader known for her wisdom. When she originally asked for land to build Carthage she was told she could have only the amount of land an ox hide could cover – to get round this she had the hide cut into one long strip which meant she had enough land to build a whole city!
Who will be singing Dido and when?
Anna Caterina Antonacci will sing Je vais mourir…Adieu, fière cité from Berlioz’s Les Troyens at Three eras of divas on 30 September 2012. You can listen to it here
Sarah Connolly will be singing When I am laid in earth from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in French Exchange on Thursday 8 November 2012.Read More
The DVD of Glyndebourne’s spectacular production of Purcell’s exuberant take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now available.Read More
We’re very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to watch the 2009 Glyndebourne production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, featuring the OAE, online.Read More
Last week Glyndebourne’s production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen opened, with us providing musical accompaniment from the pit. The first reviews are in and here’s what they had to say:Read More
Henry Purcell Dido & Aeneas
An opera in three acts
with Sarah Connolly, Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Patricia Bardon, William Purefoy, Sarah Tynan, John Mark Ainsley, Carys Lane and Rebecca Outram.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Choir of the Enlightenment
Elizabeth Kenny & Steven Devine music directors
Total Playing Time: 69.49
Here’s the latest in our series of pre-concert talks which we’re making available as podcasts. In this talk from our Baroque. Contrasted. Festival, Tom Irvine, a music historian from the University of Southampton, talks about Bach’s Double Violin Concerto and Purcell’s Fairy Queen.Read More
Now you get to hear from a player rather than just office bods! In this latest vid OAE leader Matthew Truscott talks about the concert he has devised and is directing at Kings Place on 9 April, – a programme which features Purcell, Bach and Handel, including how the concert fits into the Baroque. Contrasted. theme of the festival.
Next up, another round of Baroque trivia.Read More
My first exposure to the OAE was at the last Nightshift at Wilton’s Music Hall, and it was a totally awesome introduction to the orchestra! I was set the exciting task of capturing footage from the performance and recording vox pops of members of the audience and orchestra and editing it down to a short video clip. Extra exciting for me in that I had recently become a big Purcell fan, but I was a little worried that I would become too absorbed by the performance and not be able to concentrate on the filming!
The show was indeed great, (although I kinda wish I could go back in time and enjoy it again without the camera..) with a very relaxed atmosphere but I found it amazing that even though the audience was given free reign to talk, make noise and come in and out at will, everyone seemed to be completely entranced by the performance and stayed very quiet throughout. In fact at one point a member of the audience angrily and very loudly shouted ‘Shut up!’ to someone who was chatting – unfortunately, leader of the orchestra Matthew Truscott who was talking on stage at the time thought he was referring to him! The chats onstage in between pieces were insightful and funny and I think created the perfect mood for the event.
After the encore (Purcell’s ‘Curtain Tune on a Ground’ from Timon of Athens – which has since become a favourite song of mine) I grabbed the tripod and raced down to catch audience feedback and get those vox pops I needed. My apprehension in obtaining willing participants was unfounded; pretty much every audience member I approached was gushing with praise for the concert/gig and in no time at all I had more than enough vox pop fodder for the video. You can see the resulting video clip below, hope you enjoy it! (sorry about audio quality.. we are purchasing new equipment to solve that)
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Next Nightshift is on 20 October at QEH. More info here: http://www.oae.co.uk/thenightshift/
Last Friday saw The Night Shift (our late-night informal concert series) take place for the very first time at Wilton’s Music Hall. The evening started off with music from Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee and guests – as you might glean from his name, he plays the flute and beatboxes at the same time – stunning. At 9 the OAE came onto the stage for a concert of music by Purcell and Handel, led by Matthew Truscott and featuring soprano Anna Dennis, and the evening was capped off with a DJ set from Nick Luscombe. Wilton’s was packed to the rafters with a very appreciative crowd, and the Orchestra sounded fantastic in the acoustic of Wilton’s. We hope to return!
Our resident Night Shift photographer Joe Plommer was there to capture the evening. Here is a selection, and the full set can be viewed on our Flickr page.Read More