We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.Read More
With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasonsremains as fresh today as the day it was written – forever influential, transfixing and just plain catchy.Read More
Fill your lunch hour with music next week, as we head to Spitalfields for a four-part series of pop-up performances.Read More
With its vivid poetry and technical ingenuity, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons remains as fresh today as the day it was written – forever influential, transfixing and just plain catchy.Read More
As we prepare for Gamechangers: Mildly Rude? on 12 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, we take a look at a few things you might not already now about Handel. Even Baroque superstars have secrets…Read More
Many of you joined us in Basingstoke on 19 March and at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 25th, to hear Sigiswald Kuijken and the Orchestra perform music from Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi on the long forgotten violoncello da spalla. It’s an instrument that tends to divide people and the press were no exception…Read More
We’re excited to announce a very limited 3 day flash sale event – allowing you to purchase best available bargain tickets for our next The Works event for just £10.*Read More
On 11 May, In the Spirit of Tradition will feature music from Vivaldi, alongside works by Corelli, Handel, Bach and Sally Beamish. To start things off, here are 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Antonio.Read More
With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…Read More
If you think you’re a good musician, don’t watch the video of the girl playing Vivaldi, apart from that, here’s our latest list of things that have caught our attention in the arts world. But first…Read More
One of the joys of working in OAE Education is the variety of projects you get to work on.Read More
We’re still humming The Four Seasons, following our concerts last week with OAE leader Kati Debretzeni and some glorious choreography from Henri Oguike’s dancers.
Here’s some reviews from the night, as well as what you thought…Read More
As his dancers warmed up for V4: The Seasons, we spoke with choreographer Henri Oguike about some of the simple things in life.Read More
As rehearsals for V4: The Seasons stopped for a well-earned coffee break, we took the opportunity to speak with dancer Edward Kitchen.Read More
In the lead up to V4: The Seasons, we spoke with lead violinist Kati Debretzeni about her fears, her heroes and the challenges of combining period music with contemporary dance.Read More
V4: The Seasons will see the OAE in a unique event that mixes period performance with the contemporary choreography of Henri Oguike. We met up with dancer Rhiannon Morgan at rehearsals to find out more about how she got in to dance.Read More
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was born in Venice. He was baptized immediately after his birth by the midwife, which led many people to believe his life was somehow in danger. The real reason is still not known for sure, some argue it was due to ill health while others state that an earthquake the same day led his mother to be in constant fear for her son’s life. As a result, Vivaldi’s mother dedicated him to the Priesthood.
On 8 February at the Southbank Centre, we’ll be giving Vivaldi’s legendary The Four Seasons a fresh twist, in a major new collaboration with renowned choreographer Henri Oguike and OAE leader Kati Debretzeni, fusing authentic performance with contemporary choreography.
Sounds intriguing? Well here’s a taster of what you can expect to see…Read More
Have you stared longingly at our OAE Extras Pre-concert event series listing, and been gutted that you can’t make it along because a) you can’t get to the Southbank Centre by 5.45 because you have a full time job, or b) because in your hectic life it’s the choice between dinner before the concert and a bit of light learning, and quite frankly dinner always wins out?
Well, here’s your bit of New Year Luck. The OAE runs a series of Insight Clubs, which we have helpfully scheduled at the weekend, so you won’t be fighting against your dinner to come along. The sessions are longer, and we like to describe them as rather like a book club. Interaction and discussion between the audience and the speakers is encouraged!
On Sunday 13 January, we’ll be meeting Henri Oguike the brains (and feet) behind our choreographed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that will take place in February. Henri will be joined by Dr Melissa Bianco Borelli, a lecturer in dance studies at the University of Surrey. The two of them will discuss the forthcoming collaboration – Henri’s approach to creating a work, the planning, the rehearsals, selecting the dancers, and how he anticipates working with the musicians. Hearing from the personality involved directly at the heart of the project brings an aspect of understanding and insight (hence the name of the event) far beyond what you may read in a concert programme.
Do come along and be part of the discussion. You even get a complimentary drink and a slice of cake to boot…
More information and booking can be found here.Read More
Here at the OAE offices, the excitement is building and the tension is mounting.
Letters have gone out, social media and enewsletters are at the ready – and we are counting down the days: just over a week to go…Read More