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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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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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Marin and Nicola join our pre-concert talk

Fri 2 Feb 2018

If you’re coming to our concert with Marin Alsop and Nicola Benedetti at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, on Sunday, get there early for the pre-concert talk at 6pm.

We’re delighted both Marin and Nicola have agreed to join us for the discussion alongside our Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk.

The talk is free in the Clore Ballroom from 6pm to 6.30pm.

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What does it mean to be free?

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Today we’re announcing the concerts in our 2018/19 season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and it’s the second in our Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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Take a peek at our 2017-18 brochure

Tue 18 Jul 2017

It’s high summer. You might think it’s a quiet time for an orchestra. But not for us. Amidst our Glyndebourne, BBC Proms and The Night Shift performances, it’s also when we like to reveal our ‘look’ for our forthcoming Southbank Centre season.

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“Contribution to the whole is shared equally throughout the orchestra”

Thu 16 Feb 2017

If you attend our concert with Sarah Connolly next Monday at the Royal Festival Hall, you’ll notice there’s a big Orchestra, but no conductor.

Instead, our Leader Kati Debretzeni directs the Orchestra from the violin.

How does that work? And why are we attempting this musical high wire act? Kati explains.

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Méhul: The First Romantic concert programme

Thu 9 Feb 2017

Here’s the programme for our Méhul: The First Romantic concert on Friday 10 February at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

If you want info on all the concerts in our 2016-17 Southbank Centre residency in one handy place, we’ve just published our new brochure for next season.

Highlights include the return of Isabelle Faust to perform two of Mozart’s violin concertos, and international opera star Sarah Connolly tackling Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle, Les Nuits d’été. And we’re staging Bach’s mighty Christmas Oratorio over two nights at Cadogan Hall, performing for the first time with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki.

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What’s this? Not more concerts?

Thu 28 Jan 2016

Yes, more concerts. A whole season’s worth.

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The pick of the season: OAE Staff

Thu 1 Oct 2015

With our 2015-2016 Birthday concert season almost upon us, we asked OAE staff to tell us about what concerts they are looking forward to most:

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2015-2016 OAE Brochure online

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Phillip Bainbridge

Our 2015-2016 Southank Brochure now exists in virtual form for you to browse, and includes all events in our 30th Birthday  Southbank Centre season including newly announced OAE TOTS and Insight Morning events.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015

Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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“he’s an extreme violinist”

Mon 24 Nov 2014

In this latest video, shot during rehearsals with violinist Richard Tognetti, Cellist Robin Michael and Principal Double Bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku talk about he’s like to work with.

 

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Playlist: Lord of the Strings

Fri 21 Nov 2014

Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.

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Watercycle at Southbank Centre

Thu 13 Nov 2014

On Sunday October 19, we set up shop in Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room for a mammoth day of concerts, all part of our education and outreach programme, Watercycle. Children and families were welcomed by OAE staff armed with stickers, crayons and water-themed colouring pages.

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Your programmes last night…

Fri 10 Oct 2014

OAE Programme

As anyone who was at our concert last night will know, we had a slight mishap in that our programmes didn’t turn up…

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014

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.

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