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Gamechangers: Musical Fireworks – Reviews

Tue 15 Oct 2013

30 September Sandrine Piau OAE

We opened our 2013-2014 Southbank Centre season with conductor William Christie and soprano Sandrine Piau (pictured) back on 30 September. Here’s what you and the papers had to say…

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Oct 2013

I’ve decided to theme this week’s Current Distractions arts blog around that old journalistic favourite: Going Up / Going Down.

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On the cusp of romance – listen again + first reviews

Wed 2 Nov 2011

Last night’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with conductor Frans Bruggen (pictured) was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and you can listen to it again for the next 7 days.


We had lots of reaction to the concert on Twitter, with a few of our favourite reactions below, and there are reviews on Classical Source and in the Daily Telegraph.



was in wonderful concert by bruggen & @theoae. i enjoyed funny haydn 60, amazing weber horn concerto w natural horn! & lovely schubert 5.



Incredible performance of Weber’s Horn Concertino by Roger Montgomery with @theoae. Difficult! #livingdangerously



@theoae This Weber is astonishing but then should be used to the quality of your concerts by now! #rfh



That was AMAZING!! Roger Montgomery played Weber’s Concertino for horn on valveless horn with such cool wizardry! @theoae



Aamazing Horn Concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Loving the period sound! #parp @theoae

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Night Shift round-up

Wed 26 Jan 2011

Well, this time last week we had the latest of our late night series of events, The Night Shift at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. It really feels like the series has ‘come of age’ now, with the event being the third in the last year to sell out, and our very first sell out at Southbank Centre. It’s just sad to have to turn people away! We hope everyone who came had a great night, and we have had some great feedback on Twitter. More feedback, good or bad, is always welcome though, as it helps us improve future events.

This is a bit of a roundup from the last event, and below are some pics,  vox pops from the audience, a few Tweets, plus presenter Alistair Appleton has made a Spotify playlist of his favourite music by Mahler, for your further listening pleasure. The next one, on 4 May, is already on sale, and needless to say, we recommend early booking!


ThoroughlyGood Oh dear God. Where’s @theoae presenter? http://boo.fm/b258585
tomjennings Really enjoyed The Night Shift at Southbank Centre. @theoae doing Liszt’s Les Preludes and Mahler’s Totenfeier. Looking forward to next gig.
colinmyer At the #NightShift in the QEH on the South Bank. Translation: look how cultured I am.
thoroughlygood If Mahler’s Totenfeier represents what happens directly after death then I see little difference with a normal day at work. #thenightshift
payamtorabi‎ Night Shift with the OAE: inspirationally different approach to music. Well worth going if you get the chance.
Artyomliss‎ The Night Shift @Southbank. Is it right to be attempting to turn a classical music performance into a “facebook-style event”? Discuss…
101holidays Great performance by @theoae at the Southbank Centre last night. Love the Night Shift

Vox Pops





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A real tweet

Thu 12 Feb 2009

Yep, we’re now using Twitter, so you can get up to the minute updates from your favourite Orchestra. To be honest its all new to us so if you have any hot tips on using it then do let us know…

OAE on Twitter

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