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Sir Simon Rattle on the OAE – choice cuts

Mon 2 Aug 2010

There’s a great new interview over on The Arts Desk site in which Simon Rattle talks about his relationship with the OAE. There are several

choice  quotes from it though which we thought we’d just pull out for you…

This is like an old rock group that’s been together for ages. Last time I was here we were all having a drink together and one of the violins said, “You’ve got to be very careful around 30 menopausal women, you know.”

When they first got together they said, “We want to do Mozart with you, and we want to see if we can get Bernard Haitink to conduct.” Of course he came and he said, “I don’t like the instruments and everything sounds like a cadence to me,” so that wasn’t going to work.

This is one of the best-read orchestras. You can talk about subjects and writers with these guys that would be hard with many other orchestras. The sheer level of IQ out there is very scary.

Some of the sounds were so unexpected. To suddenly find that you have Miles Davis in the middle of your brass section under the guise of a bass trumpet which normally sounds like a stampeding elephant.

Actually you never eyeball a horn player. That’s one of the real rules. You just don’t.

It’ll be a sexy evening. (on our prom concert last night)

Read the full interview here

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New season kicks off: reviews just in

Fri 16 Oct 2009

Last night saw the start of our new season at Southbank centre, with an all Haydn programme coducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin who was making his debut with us. With both a 7pm concert and a 10pm Night Shift it was a long day for both players and staff, I was wearily packing away banners and tealight with fellow staff members at 12.45am…

But it was a real corker of an evening, and the partnership between Orchestra and Conductor seemed to get off to a flying start. We have two more performances of the programme, in Cologne this Sunday, 18 Oct and in Bristol on Tuesday 20 Oct.

We already have a couple of reviews in – the Independent being unusually speedy!

The Independent on the 7pm concert

Artsdesk on the Night Shift

William Norris, Marketing Director

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