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New violins!

Wed 20 Jun 2018

It’s always very exciting to have new player members joining the orchestra, and we’ve just appointed six new violinists to our violin section.

All six have already been playing with us in concerts for over 18 months and we look forward to having them perform with us over the course of many more seasons. They are:

Iona Davies
Dan Edgar
Alice Evans
Julia Kuhn
Henry Tong (pictured)
Kinga Ujszászi

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The Science of Attraction

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Is love what you think it is?

Our Baroque dance spectacular, Dangerous Liaisons, tells a classic love story. But in the Baroque era, composers were influenced by a very different theory of why people fell in love than we have now.

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Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about… The Mendelssohns

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The Carpenters. The Corrs. The Magic Numbers. Put a brother and sister together and get them to write music, and it doesn’t always turn out well.

But in the early 19th century things were different, when Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were changing the music world with their new Romantic sounds.

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Der Rosenkavalier Programme

Thu 17 May 2018

Here’s the programme for our performance of Der Rosenkavalier on Thursday 17 May at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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A lost art: music in silent film

Mon 14 May 2018

Why did silent films have music? How do orchestras perform to silent films?

We asked Ben Winters (senior lecturer in music at the Open University and expert on music in films) to explain.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Haydn

Fri 11 May 2018

The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.” 

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Introducing Haydn’s oboe

Fri 4 May 2018

“I always feel that playing these instruments is like doing a tight-rope walk without any kind of safety net…”

Our co-principal oboe Dan Bates introduces the instrument that composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) would have been familiar with.

Hear Dan perform at our next Turning Points event at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London:

Sat 12 May 2018
First and Last of a Great Genius
Haydn Symphony no. 1 Haydn Symphony no. 104 London

Find out more

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Der Rosenkavalier

Fri 20 Apr 2018

We’re going to the cinema for a recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in London in 1926.

See the silent film version of the great opera Der Rosenkavalier, while we play live the soundtrack Richard Strauss wrote to accompany the film.

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Introducing Mozart’s Horn

Mon 16 Apr 2018

The first of a new series of videos exploring the instruments of the ‘classical’ era (1750-1820).

Principal Horn Roger Montgomery looks at the instrument that would have been used to perform Mozart’s horn concertos.

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Mozart’s naughty notes

Thu 12 Apr 2018

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.

Read the notes as we perform it at Conway Hall with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery.

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Our Paston Footprints Project

Thu 29 Mar 2018

The Paston Papers are a collection of hundreds of letters dating back to 15th century Norfolk, which are a fascinating record of the life and times of the Paston family who lived there.

The earliest known Paston letter was written in 1408, and to mark the 600th anniversary our Education team is involved in a series of musical events. This is followed by a concert with the Orchestra at St Nicholas Church in North Walsham on Sunday 1 July, featuring a specially-commissioned piece by composer Sarah Rodgers.

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Bach’s St Matthew Passion Programme

Mon 26 Mar 2018

Here’s the programme for our performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Monday 26 March at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Mon 26 Mar 2018

“It’s designed to disturb. It should get under the skin and worry us.”

Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and the advantages of performing it without a conductor.

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Performing the St Matthew Passion

Fri 23 Mar 2018

Leader Matthew Truscott tells us what it’s like to perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion without a conductor, but instead following the breathing of singer and director, Mark Padmore.

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Bach’s B minor Mass (1748)

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Following much-praised accounts of the St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, conductor Stephen Layton now turns to Bach’s mighty B minor Mass.

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Mark Padmore on Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Mon 5 Mar 2018

Mark Padmore explains his view of the St Matthew Passion, and the role of the Evangelist…

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The Corridors of Power programme

Mon 26 Feb 2018

Here’s the programme for our The Corridors of Power concert on Tuesday 27 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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After Beethoven?

Tue 20 Feb 2018

  After ten concerts in three different countries, our Beethoven tour with Nicola Benedetti came to an end in Abu Dhabi yesterday. If you’re at risk of Beethoven withdrawal, we asked our Co-Principal Viola Max Mandel for more Beethoven that you might want to read, watch or listen to next.

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The Corridors of Power: playlist preview

Wed 7 Feb 2018

One of the more unusual concerts in our 2017/18 Visions, Illusions and Delusions season is The Corridors of Power, a mixture of Haydn and Mozart conducted by our old friend Ádám Fischer.

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Behind the scenes with Nicola Benedetti

Mon 5 Feb 2018

“Challenging in different ways but so enjoyable.”

Nicola Benedetti chats about performing Beethoven on period instruments as she joins us on tour around the UK and US.

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