Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is one of the towering musical achievements of the 17th century. A fascinating and rewarding musical experience, it is deeply spiritual, yet extraordinarily theatrical.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
With the new season fast approaching, we spoke with the OAE staff and players about what they’re most looking forard to…Read More
Education Director Cherry Forbes discusses her time at the Beverley Early Music Festival.Read More
It’s that time of year again, when we reveal our ‘look’ for the new season. You might have seen a few things that hinted at our forthcoming brochure, most notably our recent video showing it on the printing presses, but here for the first time we can reveal the full set of pictures.Read More
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!Read More
Our Principal Double Bassist, Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE, took some footage when our Messiah Tour took us all the way to Moscow, Russia, for our first ever performance there.Read More
The Orchestra are currently on a festive tour- taking Handel’s Messiah to Las Palmas, Alicante and Moscow with director and OAE Principal Keyboard player, Robert Howarth.Read More
As we return to Royal Festival Hall for Messiah on Tuesday 11 December, director Robert Howarth talks about what the OAE will bring to Handel’s epic masterpiece.Read More
In the lead up to Messiah on 11 December, we fired some quick questions at director Robert Howarth.Read More
A few weeks ago we kicked off 2012 at the Southbank Centre with The Glory of Venice – a celebration of the music of Gabrieli. If you’re near Bristol there’s another chance to hear this concert at St George’s, on 19 February.
Friday 13 January wasn’t an unlucky day for the OAE, as we had some great audience feedback following our concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Robert Howarth directing a programme celebrating the music of Giovanni Gabrieli on the 400th anniversary of his death.Read More
Last month Matthew Truscott appeared on these drinks tray mats at Southbank Centre as part of the classical music season launch. Rivalling Rob Howarth (who is appearing on a billboard near Waterloo), for OAE poster-boy status Matt also appear on banners outside the Royal Festival Hall too.
You may also spot our tube adverts at Waterloo station – Robert Howarth, Jonathan Manson, Roger Montgomery and Tony Pay star in these – we’ll post pictures of them up soon.Read More
This Monday we revive our recent tour of the Monteverdi Vespers for one last performance in London, at our Kings Place HQ, which will be recorded for future release. We took some time out with director Robert Howarth ahead of the show to ask him a few quick questions…
(by the way, the performance is now sold out, but returns may become available closer to the performance)
What do you fear the most?
Loneliness, or spiders.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
What – or where – is perfection?
Unfortunately perfection is impossible, but my cat Basil comes close.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Charlie Brown, I can relate to his many disappointments.
Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
My wife, for her manifold talents and infinite beauty. She is a constant inspiration to me and without her I would be uselesRead More
So the other thing which will be keeping us busy this summer is a special extra performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers. This has already been on tour across the UK and Europe (see previous blog entries), and following packed out performances, we’re bringing it back for one last show, on 30 August at Kings Place. It should sound amazing in the near-perfect acoustic of Hall One. We’ll also be recording the concert, so there’s that little extra frisson of excitement too! Its a matinee performance, at 3pm, and tickets are a bargain at just £9.50. Details and booking here.
You may wonder why having one extra concert would cause us lots of extra work (not that we mind it!). Well, first we have to consult with Rob Howarth who is directing the performance, finding out his availability, as well as finding a venue, and making sure that they have suitable dates free. Once Robs and the venues availability coincide then all the players and singers who did the tour previously have to be contacted one by one, making sure they are available, and if not, then finding a suitable replacement. While this work is happening in our Projects team I’ve been talking to Kings Place about what price tickets will be sold at, when it can go on sale etc etc. Now I’m thinking about how we promote the concert, liaising with designers to produce a flyer. Because the performance is being recorded there are all sorts of extra details surrounding that too.
People are often very surprised that 16 of us are needed to run the OAE from the office – in future posts here we’ll look at what each of the office team members does.
William Norris, Marketing DirectorRead More
Second pic for today, our keyboard player and director of our recent Vespers tour, Robert Howarth.Read More