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Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats – audience vox pops

Fri 11 Apr 2014

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Back on Tuesday we bought Gamechangers: Symphonic Greats to the Royal Festival Hall, with performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Schubert’s Symphony No.9 conducted by Semyon Bychkov. We caught up with the audience afterwards and here’s what they said.

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Watch the OAE rehearse Schubert Symphony No.9

Fri 4 Apr 2014

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Our intrepid cameraman Zen ventured out to the wilds of Hammersmith this morning to capture the OAE at work, rehearsing Schubert’s Symphony No.9.

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Sigsiwald talks about the Spalla

Mon 24 Mar 2014

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Ahead of our last concert featuring the Violoncello da Spalla, tomorrow night at Southbank Centre, here’s a video with Sigiswald Kuijken talking about and demonstrating the instrument.

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Offenbach’s Fantasio: Trailer

Thu 5 Dec 2013

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We’ve just released this video trailer ahead of our performance of Offenbach’s opera Fantasio on 15 December.

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Monday nights are about ironing, housework and working late. Right? Wrong.

Thu 26 Sep 2013

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If your typical Monday night contains ANY of the things in the video above then we can help you.

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Is this your face on a Monday?

Wed 18 Sep 2013

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Well, is it?

Very few of us jump out of bed on a Monday full of the joys of spring. It’s very few people’s favourite day of the week.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013

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Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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2012: Our top moments

Fri 21 Dec 2012

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Well, what a year it’s been…what with the small matter of the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee, the notorious IKEA monkey in a coat, and of course, some fab concerts with the OAE.

So we thought we’d put together our top office highlights from 2012…enjoy!

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The evolution of the violin bow

Thu 8 Nov 2012

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OAE violinist, Henrietta Wayne, gives us an insight into the history of the violin bow, from the 1500s to today.

Watch the video to find out about what a violin frog is and how you can make your own bow with a twig and string!

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Glyndebourne: on demand

Mon 6 Aug 2012

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We’re very pleased to be able to offer you the chance to watch the 2009 Glyndebourne production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, featuring the OAE, online.

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French Impressionists with Sir Simon Rattle: Audience Reaction

Tue 12 Jun 2012

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We caught up with audience members after Sunday’s concert with Sir Simon Rattle and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to ask them what they thought  - here’s what they said. More photos and video from the Rattle tour coming soon.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Ravel’s piano concerto for the left hand

Sun 10 Jun 2012

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Ahead of tonight’s concert at the Royal Festival Hall here’s a video we filmed during rehearsal last weekend, in which Pierre-Laurent Aimard talks about Ravel’s dark and war-tinged Piano Concerto for the left hand.

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On the road with the OAE, Sir Simon Rattle and the Labèque Sisters

Thu 31 May 2012

On tour with the OAE and Sir Simon Rattle

As we’re about to hit the road with Sir Simon again we thought it was a good time to post this video from last year’s tour with him, when we visited Luxembourg, Paris, Dublin and of course, London.

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Video Profile: Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Fri 13 Apr 2012

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In the first of a series of in-depth video profiles of key OAE players, Jon Jacob talks to Principal Double Bass Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE. In it she talks about how she made the transition from piano to double bass, (via athletics!), fast twitch muscles, how life in the self-governing OAE works and how the high pressure situation of live musical performance is not a world away from sport.

Find out more about Chi-chi on her player profile.

 

 

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Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet: audience reaction

Thu 29 Mar 2012

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Last month saw one of the most ambitious projects in the OAE’s history come onto the Royal Festival Hall Stage: Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet, conducted by Sir Mark Elder and with over 200 performers, Orchestra, soloists and choirs.

We caught up with the audience after the London performance to find out what people thought of it.

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The Works returns: trailer

Mon 5 Mar 2012

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We’re excited that our new concert series, The Works, returns for a second outing tomorrow night at Southbank Centre.

The idea behind The Works is to give you the classical music equivalent of a gallery’s audio guide – a guided tour of selected classical masterpieces. At tomorrow’s event we’re featuring Bach’s Suite No.3 and Brandenburg Concerto No.5, with director Laurence Cummings and presenter Hannah Conway being your guides for the evening. Full info on the concert is available here

To whet your appetite for the event we’ve put together a little trailer, above.

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A musical stalker…

Thu 23 Feb 2012

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Tomorrow night our late-night series The Night Shift comes to the legendary Roundhouse in Camden for one of our biggest Night Shift events yet, with over 80 musicians on stage to play Orchestral highlights from Berlioz’s Romeo & Juliet. The tag-line for the series is ‘Classical Music: Minus the Rules‘ and we bore that in mind when making this little film: see what happened when we set OAE violinist Jo Lawrence free on the streets on London…

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Missa Solemnis audience reaction

Tue 20 Dec 2011

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Back at the start of November we performed Beethoven’s epic Missa Solemnis, together with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the Philharmonia Chorus. In this video we catch up with audience members after the concert to ask what they made of it – and there’s also some short extracts from the performance too.

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Messiah in rehearsal

Tue 20 Dec 2011

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Here’s a clip we posted online on Facebook a little while back but it’s only just made it onto our website, we’ve had such a backlog of things to blog about! Anyway, it’s some rather rough and ready footage from the rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah, which we performed at the Royal Festival Hall a few weeks ago, which which we recently also took to Utrecht. We hope you’ll excuse the rather basic camerawork – oh and yes, the Trumpet player IS allowed to be reading the paper, he’s probably not got anything to play for a while!

If you live in Paris there’s still a chance to catch our Messiah as we perform it there on Thursday 23 December.

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Intense. Extraordinary. Massive. But boring?! Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Tue 25 Oct 2011

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On 4 November we’re collaborating with the Philharmonia Chorus to perform Beethoven’s epic Missa Solemnis in a concert which is given in memory of Sir Charles Mackerras, who was both President of the Philharmonia Chorus and an Emeritus Conductor of the OAE.

 

The other week we caught up with players from the Orchestra to find out more about this relatively rarely performed piece. It seems that not everyone loves it…but there’s only one way to find out for yourself – come!

 

Find out more about the concert here.

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