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Thu 10 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Barbara Strozzi – Star of Venice

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Barbara Strozzi Canto di belle bocca
Barbara Strozzi Le tre Grazie à Venere
Barbara Strozzi Silentio nocivo
Barbara Strozzi L'Amante modesto op 1
Barbara Strozzi Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Barbara Strozzi Lagrime mei op 1
Barbara Strozzi È pazzo il mio core
Claudio Monteverdi Ballo: Volgendo il ciel
Claudio Monteverdi Il Ballo delle Ingrate

Christian Curnyn conductor
Mary Bevan soprano

Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.

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Sun 13 Jan 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

OAE TOTS – A World Around Us

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Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and follow the orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe. While listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.1, gaze up at the sun, the stars and the moon, and get a closer look at our fellow creatures on this planet.

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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orphée et Eurydice
Mozart Giunse alfin il momento - Al desio di chi t'adora from The Marriage of Figaro
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Gluck Di questa cetra from Il Parnaso confuso
Mozart Deh per questo istante from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Parto, Parto from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Giunse il momento al fine...Non tardar amato bene from The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Voi che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro

Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Giovanni Antonini conductor

Songs from the heart with international opera star Magdalena Kožená.

Magdalena Kožená is one of the world’s biggest opera stars. In this rare solo UK appearance, hear her sing some of the music she’s become famous for – sublime opera arias by Mozart and Gluck.

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Sun 23 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel Messiah

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony

We join forces with Polyphony for Handel’s visionary, ecstatic Messiah.

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Sat 22 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Christmas Oratorio

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage – Celebrate, rejoice, rise up and praise these days!

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Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast

Fri 7 Dec 2018

Lots of you have been asking for a listen again option for our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place, so here it is!

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Telemann – In Numbers

Sat 1 Dec 2018

We’re playing music by Telemann in our Pipedreams concert on Monday 3 December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Here is his life broken down into manageable, number-related facts.

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Introducing Handel’s Organ

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.

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Pipedreams Programme

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Pipedreams concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on 3 December 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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John Butt on Telemann

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt directs Pipedreams, a concert of music by great friends Handel and Telemann in Glasgow and London.

He explains why Telemann’s music is just as wonderful as that by Handel.

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Further listening: Simone Jandl

Mon 12 Nov 2018

So you’ve heard our Brahms: A German Requiem concert and you’re hungry for more Brahms. Our co-principal viola Simone Jandl recommends four unique pieces Brahms wrote after a eureka moment later in his life.

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Rehearsing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis | Vaughan Williams

Fri 9 Nov 2018

“It’s been really inspirational for the start of this project.”

Leader Margaret Faultless gets her hands on the original concert programme for the premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Gloucester Cathedral on September 6, 1910.

Hear us play it before Brahms’ Requiem with Marin Alsop:

Saturday 10 November, 2018, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sunday 11 November, 2018, Southbank Centre, London

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Brahms: A German Requiem Programme

Wed 7 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Brahms: A German Requiem concert at Royal Festival Hall on 11 November 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Individual or society? Heart or heart? Conform or rebel?

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?

These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.

Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.

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Brahms’ humanist Requiem

Tue 30 Oct 2018

“Brahms’ Requiem is essentially humanist, less a prayer for the dead than a personal meditation for the consolation of the living.”

Ahead of our performances with Marin Alsop, we explore how Brahms’ German Requiem broke the mould. 

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Apollo and Daphne Programme

Thu 25 Oct 2018

Composers and space

Thu 18 Oct 2018

“For the same reason we are bound to believe that, as neither the beautiful neither the ugly is universal,” claimed the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1844. “Certain operas, which are every day represented and applauded (on Earth), will be hissed off the stage on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus.”

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We’re off to Asia

Wed 17 Oct 2018

Today members of the Orchestra are flying out to Singapore for a seven date tour of South East Asia, including our first ever concerts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei. We’ll also be returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we played with Iván Fischer and Steven Isserlis in 2006.

It’s all part of Toyota Classics, an annual classical music tour Toyota has promoted since 1990 to support charities across Asia.

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OAE’s Golden Record

Mon 1 Oct 2018

Voyager spacecraft

Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.

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