If you attend our concert with Sarah Connolly next Monday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll notice there’s a big Orchestra, but no conductor.
Instead, our Leader Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra from the violin.
How does that work? And why are we attempting this musical high wire act? Kati explains.Read More
We started the festive season on Tuesday with our performance of Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
In this podcast, Sir Mark Elder gives an introduction to our performance of Offenbach’s Fantasio, which took place at Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, 15 December 2013.Read More
On 15 December we took Offenbach’s Fantasio to the Royal Festival Hall, with Sir Mark Elder conducting an all-star cast including Sarah Connolly and Brenda Rae. Here’s what the audience had to say about it.Read More
Last night saw fresh life breathed into Offenbach’s lost opera Fantasio, and the first batch of reviews are in…Read More
Sunday approaches and the cast of Offenbach’s Fantasio join conductor Sir Mark Elder to brush up on their French…
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‘It’s confusing but….life is’ Sir Mark Elder on Fantasio.
Indeed it is, but do you think you can sum up Offenbach’s Fantasio in 140 characters? Whoever explains it best will win two top price seats to the performance at Royal Festival Hall on 15 December and the runner-up will bag a copy of the OAE and Glyndebourne’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) double disc set.Read More
Anyone who was at the Royal Festival Hall last night for our season opening concert with William Christie and Sandrine Piau will know that we had a bumper number of encores for you – four in total! So here’s what they were:Read More
If your typical Monday night contains ANY of the things in the video above then we can help you.Read More
George Frideric Handel is best known for restoring English music to its’ highly respected and acclaimed position, following years of compositional drought after the death of Purcell in 1695. He wrote music that was especially melodic and cosmopolitan in approach.Read More
When we close our season on 3 June, all arias performed will be from roles associated with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Here Lindsay Kemp discusses the performer and the history behind the music.Read More
Mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac joins us on 3 June for Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers: A Tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Here she goes up against the clock in our speed interview…Read More
Who was she?
Cleopatra was the last Pharaoh of Egypt. Unlike the rest of the feisty females we’ve featured in this series, she was a real historical figure but has reached an almost legendary status due to her accomplishments and the other famous rulers with whom she associated.
In this talk Richard Wigmore looks at the history and vivid descriptions of Haydn’s The Creation. Was it ‘programme music’ before its time?Read More
Tuesday 29 January, Budapest 10am. Feeling very lucky that I had not gotten up at 5am to travel back with the Orchestra, though feeling a little bit anxious about carrying a 2mx1mx1m 45kg double bass in its case back to London. All on my own.Read More
You may remember that we launched a competition a few weeks back, where you could win a night fit for a Queen. Entrants had the chance to win a private box plus interval drinks for the opening night of our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers season on 30 September at the Southbank Centre, London.
Well, we’ve been reading through the great entries you’ve submitted and we’re very pleased to announce that our winner is: Camelia Borg. She was nominated by her colleague, Maurizio Borgatti at the charity Voice who submitted the following heart-warming entry:
“Hi my heroine is a young care experienced woman called Camelia Borg who is currently volunteering for Voice as a fundraising intern for 3 months. She has overcome an amazing number of difficulties in her young life and yet still has an amazing passion and drive to help other young people in care through her work with Voice. This is her story:
My life’s journey began in Hertfordshire, I was taken into care and moved from area to area, home to home; there’s been so many across the years that I have lost count.
Throughout my childhood I encountered many difficult obstacles and issues, quickly aging me beyond my years. I found myself lost in a system full of promises that weren’t kept. My last Foster Carer introduced me to Voice, as I had many issues and she knew that they were independent and willing to help me. Through the help, advice and guidance from my advocate, I was able to understand and realise that I didn’t have to be another care statistic.
I could never forget that pivotal moment that changed everything for me, and so continued to help Voice through volunteering, to help give something back and be able to help them and others…”
Well done Camelia – a true heroine0 and many thanks to all who entered the competition.Read More
Ahead of our Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers series launching on 30 September, celebrating feisty female roles in opera, we’re launching a competition where you could win a night fit for a Queen.
Nominate your personal heroine and you’ll be in with the chance to win your own private box plus interval drinks for the opening night of the Queens, Heroines and Ladykillers season on 30 September at the Southbank Centre, London.
We’ve put together a little video (above) with a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing…
To enter, tell us about your personal heroine in 200 words or less by 26 September and we’ll pick the best entry and announce the winner the following day.
Entries should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also enter on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Good luck!Read More
Our French Impressionists tour back in June, where we played the music of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré, was a fantastic way to end our season, and culminated in a packed concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Here are a few pictures from the concert.Read More