BBC Four and Radio 4 presenter Zeb Soanes joins us on Wednesday to present The Works. Here he tells us about his worst fears and shares a few tips for aspiring presenters.Read More
Many of you may have noticed Violoncello da spalla player Sigiswald Kuijken, on yesterday’s edition of Newsnight. Sigiswald joined Emily Maitless to play the show out with a rendition of Bach’s Bourrée No.1 from Suite No. 3 BWV 1009. For those of you who missed it, you can watch it below.Read More
His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.Read More
On 19 March we give you a step-by-step guide to masterpieces from Vivaldi and Bach. This performance will feature the violoncello da spalla, a long-lost instrument played here by spalla expert Sigiswald Kuijken.Read More
The Works returns on 19 March with a pair of Baroque masterpieces played on the ‘extinct’ violoncello da spalla. Click on the playlist below for a taste of the music played on modern cellos.Read More
The Works returns on 19 March with a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G (along with Vivaldi’s concerto in D for violoncello da spalla). To prepare for the upcoming concert, we present you with 6 little known facts about JS Bach.Read More
Tomorrow night we head over to Queen Elizabeth Hall for a step-by-step guide to one of Beethoven’s favourite works; Symphony No. 8. Here’s a look at what you can expect.Read More
Beethoven is said to have affectionately referred to Symphony No. 8 as ‘my little Symphony in F’. Written in 1812, the Symphony consists of four movements and is considered one of his more joyful, light hearted works. Playing with sturcture and form, there are many parts of the compostion which he put in as ‘musical jokes’.Read More
The Works returns to Southbank Centre on 7 November with music from the musical giant that is Beethoven.Read More
We thought we’d share some pics from our The Works event on Tuesday, where we were treated to a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, sung by the wonderful Elin Manahan Thomas and William Purefoy and directed by our Principal Keyboard Player, Steven Devine.Read More
Yes you did read that right. At tomorrow’s The Works concert we’re giving you the chance to take part in our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.Read More
Countertenor William Purefoy joins us for The Works on 26 March, to explore Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Here’s what he had to say when given our speed interview.Read More
For those of you who haven’t tried out one of our The Works concerts yet, we’ve got a great event coming up next month at Southbank Centre on 26 March.Read More
We thought we’d share some pictures from our The Works event last week, where we gave a step by step guide to Mozart’s fourth Horn concerto and his Linz Symphony, all presented on stage by Hannah Conway.
Afterwards, we welcomed the audience on stage, where they got to meet OAE musicians and ask them their burning questions in our ‘speed-dating’ event.
All pictures are by Joe Plommer and you can view the full set over on Facebook or Flickr.
Our next The Works event is in the new year with a night of Pergolesi, featuring soprano Elin Manahan Thomas and countertenor William Purefoy- check out full details here.Read More
Yes you did read that right. At tonight’s The Works concert we’re repeating our ‘speed-date the orchestra’ event – a great opportunity to meet members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.Read More
Ahead of our The Works concert this Tuesday at the Southbank Centre, we thought we’d give you a bit of a heads-up on where to eat beforehand. As the main concert starts at 8pm, there’s plenty of time to sample some warm and tasty food from one of the many culinary choices alongside the Thames. Here’s our top picks for where to go to fill your belly…
If you want something easy:
Head over to Pizza Express, where you know you’ll get speedy service, delicious Italian fare and did we mention doughballs?
Pizza heaven (and cheap too- check out their offers page to see if they have any deals on).
Wahaca, known for its award-winning Mexican street food, has just opened at Southbank Centre, with a restaurant made of eight shipping containers- worth a visit for that alone. Don’t leave without trying the slow cooked pork tacos, followed by churros and chocolate- perfect for a chilly Tuesday night.
Ping Pong. This Chinese dim sum restaurant is a fantastic place to relax with friends and share some amazing food- which is what Dim Sum is all about. We recommend trying the Ping Pong selection menu so you can try a bit of everything, accompanied with a Jasmine martini. Tasty stuff.
There’s also loads of other places nearby, including Giraffe, Strada, Yo!Sushi, Wagamamas and many more. Check out the Southbank Centre website for full info.Read More
Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on 27 January 1756 and christened under the name Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. His father, Leopold (a composer, conductor, and teacher), was keen for his children to share his love for music and taught both Johannes and his sister Maria Anna to play harpsichord, organ and violin.
At 5, Johannes Mozart wrote his first composition and two years later, the Mozart children went on their first concert tour.
At just 13, Mozart was appointed as honorary orchestra leader of the Salzburg court chapel. The Pope also honoured his astonishing gifts of composition with the Order of Knight of the Golden Spur.
The audience from our last The Works event tell us what they thought of the night.Read More
Hannah Conway will be presenting our first The Works concert of the 2012-2013 OAE season on 6 November at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We chatted to her in our latest speed interview…
What/when was your big breakthrough?
I’m not sure I ever had one! I have had wonderful opportunities with many fantastic orchestras and opera houses. I suppose my first job, working for two years with the London Symphony Orchestra was instrumental in launching me into the business.
What do you fear the most?
The crazy speed of life – and not being able to slow down.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
What – or where – is perfection?
Any empty beach on the north Norfolk coast.
Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Definitely Wonderwoman! I love the boots, the spin and the gold bangles.
What’s your favourite ritual?
A hot bath after a long commute.
Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
I admire many people in my life, but mostly – friends and family who I see giving huge amounts to others.
What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
I would love to be able to draw or paint really brilliantly – I am still at the ‘stick man’ phase!
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Ah ha! There are so many aren’t there! – A good work-life balance is invaluable.
What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
A real mixture always depending on my work – at the moment it is a Tinie Tempah track for a gig that I am conducting at the O2 Arena and also Steve Reich’s Desert Music for an LSO composition project. I don’t listen to much music outside of work. I need my silence!
What’s the best thing about working with the OAE?
The musicians are such lovely, vibrant people who are constantly curious about life and passionate about music.
A little late, but here are a selection of pictures from our event back on 6 March, all by Joe Plommer. The event featured Laurence Cummings directing the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.5 and Suite No.3, with presenter Hannah Conway.
View the full set over on Facebook or Flickr.Read More