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Late nights and difficult glockenspiels. The OAE in Bucharest.

Wed 30 Sep 2015

Earlier this week cellist Josh Salter blogged about our trip to Eisenstadt. What his blog didn’t tell you however is that for some musicians our hectic schedule meant landing from Austria and going straight into rehearsal for our next tour – to Bucharest.

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Trains, planes and coaches…a year of touring.

Tue 19 Jun 2012

Train plane and coach - OAE touring

Some number crunching from the Projects Team…

I seem to spend a large amount of my time on the phone to the travel agent/on skyscanner (my new favourite website)/at Heathrow checking people in for their flight and it got me thinking, just how much travel does the orchestra actually do?

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Megan’s Alphabet Challenge (AKA the A-Z of touring)

Thu 18 Aug 2011

While on tour in Holland earlier this year we set OAE Projects Manager Megan Russell a challenge. She’d taken our little camera with her to take footage – but could she somehow find a complete A-Z of things in the tour?

Here’s the result, and we have to admit that its one of our favourite videos. Particular highlights include E for Enclosing Dyke and B for ‘is it Broken?’…

Enjoy!

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The Glam Factor. With Ceri Jones.

Fri 5 Aug 2011

Press Manager Katy Bell outside Mozart's House

When I tell people that I work for an Orchestra and occasionally get to accompany them on tour, they often get very excited and say, ‘ooh isn’t that glamorous’… Erm… well in a word, not always!  (editor – that’s two words!) This past weekend I was lucky enough to accompany the OAE on one of their 4 trips out to Salzburg to play in the festival’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. I definitely drew the short straw with this one – one of those blink and you’ll miss it 24 hour trips, but I did get to enjoy some stunning opera in one of the worlds classiest and distinguished music festivals so it can’t have been all bad. Do the negatives cancel out the highlight?  What do you think to this chain of events?? The glamour scale… Saturday morning aka usually my weekend.  Alarm fails to go off so I have approximately 5 minutes accompanied by sheer panic to get dressed and leave the house (minus). Arrive at Heathrow Terminal 1, along with the rest of the UK as it’s the first day of the school summer holidays.  Spend ages queuing to check in, then helping to sneak OAE players to the front of the queue and the bag drop so we don’t miss our plane (minus). Finally, through security and time for a coffee with our orchestra manager, Philippa, Press Manager Katy and the 2 Tony wind players (plus). Onto the plane, jam my bag in the overhead locker and settle in to my seat, with my free copy of the Daily Mail…(editor – double minus) I’m sandwiched in the middle of a 3. Surrounded by screaming children (minus). Offered a skanky egg sandwich (minus).

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Inbox hell

Wed 9 Mar 2011

Our Projects Manager, Megan, just wanted to share her inbox with you. This is what happens when you’re organising 3 overseas tours simultaneously. Each email here represents an individual itinerary for one of the tours. Megan is in remarkably good spirits considering…

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