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What are Period Instruments?

What are Period Instruments?

Our double bass Cecelia Bruggemeyer explains what period instruments are and why we play on them.

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Mozart’s Naughty Notes

Mozart’s Naughty Notes

Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of naughty notes and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.

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The Mendelssohns: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

The Mendelssohns: 7 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know

Here are seven things you may not have known about the famous brother-sister duo.

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Introducing the Baroque Theorbo

Introducing the Baroque Theorbo

Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explains how and why the theorbo was developed in the 17th century, what it was used for, and what it's like to carry it around on the train.

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What is Chamber Music?

What is Chamber Music?

The term 'chamber' is often used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestras. But what does 'chamber music' really mean?

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Max Explains…Where We Play

Max Explains…Where We Play

Our Principal Viola, Max Mandel, takes us on a tour of some of London's historic concert venues, from the Southbank Centre to The George Tavern.

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The Birth of the Symphony

The Birth of the Symphony

Dr Robert Samuels, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University, explains how the symphony came to be.

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Introducing Beethoven’s Contrabassooon

Introducing Beethoven’s Contrabassooon

David Chatterton introduces the contrabassoon as heard in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Haydn's Creation.

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