You may have read some blog posts recently about the departure of Matt, who was the most frequent compiler of Current Distractions. He has now left the building (in a literal rather than figurative sense) and so it falls upon me, as his replacement, to do it. This week it’s all about fake and dangerous art, slow motion and heartbeats. Here goes….Read More
In this week’s Current Distractions – surreal dogs, fun chocolate and a dormant crust of planetary mass that hasn’t spewed out anything hot in years.Read More
In this week’s edition of Current Distractions, a very famous violin, a quiz on Modern Art, a study into success and some very old cars. While some of the things you see might be fake, the people are all real, although some of what they do has been set up purely for your entertainment.Read More
In the second of two short films, lead Violinist Alison Bury talks to Jon Jacob about her instrument.Read More
In this, the first of two short films, Principal Violinist Alison Bury talks to Jon Jacob about her life and career.Read More
Not all tours are the same…
…so we found out when OAE violinist Susie Carpenter-Jacobs went behind the scenes for us back in May, when we took our Bostridge sings Bach concert on tour to Warsaw, Dresden, Prague, Vienna and Innsbruck.
Her video postcard gives a snapshot of what our musicians get up to whilst away on international tours, including snowball fights, beautiful views, some rather rude water fountains and of course, some wonderful music-making…
For more information on future OAE concerts and tours, visit our What’s On pages.Read More
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!Read More
Rachel Podger first started dabbling with Baroque performance techniques by having lessons ‘on the quiet’. Though nobody knew she was at it, she was soon noticed for her talents – winning the solo violin prize at the Guildhall School of Music and eventually becoming Leader of Trevor Pinnock’s increasingly renowned busy baroque ensemble The English Concert.Read More
On Friday this week, we’ll be celebrating three musical superstars in our Papa Haydn and his Wife concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We caught up with one of the OAE leaders, Kati Debretzeni, who’ll be performing on the night:Read More
What makes the OAE a ‘period instrument orchestra’ is that the players use either original instruments or copies of original instruments from the Age of the Enlightenment (17th/18th centuries). This means that the sound they create is closer to the sound that composers such as Mozart and Haydn would have had in mind when composing. Performing with period instruments and endeavouring to be as faithful as possible to the composer’s original intentions is known as Historically Informed Performance or HIP for short.Read More
Some of you may have missed the comment on the post below from Principal Double Bass Chi-chi, so here it is – complete with some pictures of the violin lesson!
“It was a great night out. Marco came to our rehearsal this afternoon, and invited Netty & I back to the restaurant for some nourishment (as nowhere else seemed to be open!). He plied us with cold meats, cheeses, grilled vegetables, vino bianco & rosso, sparkling water, a calorific pud with dollops of cream & a double espresso! Netty felt the least she could do was offer another violin lesson, & promptly taught him his first scale. D major ”Read More
Members of the Orchestra are currently in Modena, Italy – we’re there with the London Sinfonnietta, giving a performance of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I have Seen. Principal Flute Lisa Beznosiuk tells us about their evening:
“We’re in elegant boiling hot Modena, arrived last night.
Last night four of us (Netty, Chi-chi and Shelagh Sutherland ..) walked to one of Pavlo’s (Lisa’s brother) recommended restaurants in Modena and it was excellent…Especially when the young curly haired waiter found out we were musicians. He became very excited, rushed off and came back with a Stentor violin in a big padded case (like the ones you see kids carrying). He’s desperate to learn the violin and had never had a lesson.
So, having finished our steaks, we got it out… all played him a tune. Netty – The Irish Washerwoman, Chi-chi played Campdown Races, I had a go at O Sole Mio and Shelagh achieved a high distinction with her rendition of Mason’s Apron.
Then, to his delight, Netty gave him his first lesson right there in the restaurant in front of us (most people were eating outside). He was SO thrilled and had a wonderful smile on his face as he began producing sounds on his violin. We’ve got photos. He asked if he and his friend could come to our rehearsal today – he can’t make the concert because of waiting in the restaurant.
I had an idea that we should tell musicians (especially violinists) to go and eat there when visiting Modena and give him the odd lesson!”Read More
Today we feature Matthew Truscott, violin and Tom Dunn, viola.Read More
We’re delighted to be featured in The Guardian’s online ‘all your favourite bands’ advent calendar today – it’s quite nice to be classified as a ‘band’!Read More