‘They are an inspiration to me.’ Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.Read More
OAE Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski discusses the Orchestra’s upcoming performance of Mahler’s Resurrection on period instruments.Read More
With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.Read More
This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…Read More
Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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‘Hearing Tchaikovsky played on those instruments was an absolute revelation.’Read More
Those of you on Facebook will have seen the picture we posted yesterday showing some of the office team celebrating the approval of our Russian Visas – after quite a lengthy and complicated process! We said at the time we’d tell you more about our Russian trip so here goes…Read More
Vladimir Jurowski conducts works by Mahler, including Songs of a Wayfarer with soloist Sarah Connolly,Read More
A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.Read More
It’s time for our yearly feature where we ask OAE staff and musicians what their top moments of the past year were, so here we go – and feel free to add your top moments to the comments!
“As always with OAE events when you think back over the year it’s SO difficult to pick a clear winner – it could be Matthew Truscott’s gruesome description of how gut strings are made, which had hundreds of children squirming on the edge of their seats in our school’s concert in King’s Lynn; – it could be the incredibly warm reception we had in Keswick where the audience are really hungry for live concerts; but I think in the end it’s a tie between playing for the first time under the baton of Adam Fischer in an exciting and spontaneous Fidelio (the Prisoner’s Chorus in particular was incredibly moving), and the Haydn symphonies with Sir Simon Rattle at the Royal Festival Hall. As always with Rattle it involved digging deep into ourselves and the music, and for me it involved a personal triumph: over-coming the vertigo that came with being, unusually for me, right on the edge of our highly raised platform and managing not to throw myself off the stage.”
Cecelia Bruggemeyer, Double Bass
“This may not seem that positive, but then perhaps it is… my top moment of 2011 was landing at Heathrow airport at 2.15pm on Sunday 25th September. That seems like a pretty precise moment, but it was the end of the busiest summer we have ever known at OAE. I’m in charge of all the orchestra’s touring and it was so good to know that since June we had managed to successfully get an orchestra of up to 90 people around Europe and put on concerts in Luxembourg, Paris, Dublin, London, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Ingolstadt, Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, the Proms, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Eisenstadt, Warsaw again and Bucharest!”
Megan Russell, Projects Manager
“Well, 2011 has been a pretty eventful year so it’s REALLY hard to pick my top moment- sitting (almost) next to Madonna in our 21 June concert with the Labeque sisters is almost up there, but I think the best moment was sitting in the Village Underground on the 24 June- listening to my favourite singer, Elin Manahan Thomas singing some beautiful arias at The Night Shift, with an gin and tonic. Perfect.”
Natasha Stehr. Marketing and Press Officer
“Difficult to choose from three instances of being with the Orchestra in towns or cities where three leading composers were born: Handel in Halle in Germany; Mozart in Salzburg in Austria; or Chopin at Zelazowa Wola near Warsaw. But I think I’ll go for Chopin as I visited his birthplace on a beautiful summer day in late August and had a good look round the manor house, including the very room where he was born, as well as the church in the next village where he was christened. I then went back to Warsaw to hear the OAE performing both Chopin Piano Concertos with Yulianna Avdeeva as soloist. Altogether a special and privileged experience.”
Stephen Carpenter, Chief Executive
“My top moment of 2011 was watching Maggie, Matt and Robin play our very first Pub Night Shift to a very crowded and sweaty full house at […]Read More
A couple of a reviews from our concert at the Edinburgh International Festival a couple of weeks ago:
“Vladimir Jurowski is having a devilish summer. Last month he was steaming through Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the London Philharmonic at the Proms, but here he was in Edinburgh to embark on the same sulphurous journey with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, of which he is a Principal Artist.
It’s a considerable challenge for a period orchestra to tackle the span and intensity of Liszt’s most grandiose philosophical statement. But the OAE stared down the demons — sometimes literally — with verve” The Times
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“All in all, it was for me the most satisfying Usher Hall concert of this festival so far. They took a rarely performed work and made me wonder why; they took a frequently performed work and made it feel freshly minted. This was an evening filled with passion, drama and energy, one that frequently had me on the edge of my seat. “ Where’s Runnicles Blog
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We’re really excited to be part of the Edinburgh International Festival and are taking our tour with the brilliant Vladimir Jurowski to the Usher Hall tonight where he’ll be conducting a programme of Weber, Liszt’s dramatic Faust Symphony and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E with Alina Ibragimova.
Here’s a taster of what’s to come tonight, plus why the OAE can be compared to a very famous cat and mouse duo…
OAE at the Edinburgh International Festival
Tickets for the concert can be bought online or by phoning the EIF Box Office on 0131 473 2000.Read More
It seems appropriate to tell you now (as we are currently, as I type, rehearsing with him) that a DVD of the OAE and conductorVladimir Jurowski has just been released. If you’re a regular OAE-goer you may remember him kicking off our Beethoven series back in January last year with a blazing performance of Symphonies 4 and 7. We later performed No.7 at the Roundhouse as a Night Shift, but after those two performances we went on to Paris and gave the concert again. There it was streamed live and that recording has now been released on DVD. It’s shot (to my mind at least) in a a really exciting way, so you often feel like you’re really inside the Orchestra, and it’s fascinating watching Vladimir, his expressions and his cues to the Orchestra – not something you often see when you watch a concert from the audience. You can get a taster of the DVD on the clip below:
The DVD is available now, from, as they say, all good shops. Of course, the BEST shop is the OAE website, and you can buy it through us here. Our shop will be much improved when our new website goes live. More on that soon…
William Norris, Communications DirectorRead More
Later this week we’re reunited with our Principal Artist, Vladimir Jurowski to start rehearsals for a tour with him. The first two dates of the tour take in San Sebastian and Edinburgh (for the festival), with a programme of Weber, Mendelssohn (the violin concerto with Alina Ibragimova) and Liszt’s epic Faust Symphony. While you may know the Weber and Mendelssohn, you may well not know the Liszt, so we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the entire programme for your listening pleasure. More on the tour in due course…Read More
There are just a matter of weeks left to apply to our OAE Melgaard Young Conductor Scheme. The scheme has been running now for 4 years, and gives budding young conductors the opportunity to nestle up close with the OAE, observing rehearsals alongside great OAE conductors, getting to know and share knowledge with players, and also gaining an insight into the behind the scenes operations in the office (the most exciting part in my humble opinion…) Through an application and audition process one conductor will be chosen at the audition day this October (not quite like X-factor but almost as exciting). The conductor will work with the OAE from the autumn for a period of 9-12 months.
For me this part of the scheme’s schedule is both the most exciting and the most overwhelming. Exciting because you never quite know where from and how many applications are going to come flooding in – will the next young Vladimir Jurowski or Sir Simon Rattle be amongst the pile of applications? We usually get in the range of 100 applications so you can imagine the admin that goes with that….That’s 100 DVD packages arriving on my desk, 100 application forms, 100 CV’s, and 100 support letters. Anyway – that’s the fun of the job J and as we sometimes say in the office ‘today I’m putting the admin into arts admin’.
Watch this space for future developments… (and find out more details of how to apply here)
Ceri Jones, Projects DirectorRead More
The OAE is currently in the middle of a run of Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne, the first of two operas we are performing there this season (the other being Rinaldo). The production of Don Giovanni premiered last summer when it was conducted by our Principal Artist and Glyndebourne Music Director Vladimir Jurowski. This season Robin Ticciati has taken over conducting duties, but we thought you might still be interested in this video from Glyndebourne in which Vladimir talks about the opera and which also includes some exclusive rehearsal footage.
Wow, Glyndebourne always arrives sooner than you expect – hard to believe we are now three performances in there, with the fourth tonight. Our first opera there is a revival of last season’s production of Don Giovanni. Last year’s performances were conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (we’ll post a video of him talking about the piece soon), but this year Robin Ticciati is at the helm. Here’s a selection of reviews from the opening night.
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Just thought we’d share a very interesting video here, from an event at the Royal Opera House . Conductors Antonio Pappano, Edward Gardner and our Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski talk to Sir John Tusa about conducting opera and what it takes to be a musical director of a leading opera house. Plus – a little clip is included of us in the pit at Glyndebourne with Vladimir Jurowski conducting. Enjoy!Read More
After the last Night Shift back in January, where Vladimir Jurowski conducted us in music by Mahler and Liszt, our brave man-with-a-cam, Zen, asked the audience: ‘How was it for you?’
Here’s what people said:Read More