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Regular readers of our blog may wonder why we have gone a bit quiet of late. Well, that’s partly because the Orchestra does indeed have a quiet patch in its usually hectic diary. We’re not actually a full-time Orchestra so there is some down time sometimes. However, while we have been quiet performance-wise the office has been a hive of activity. Our Education Department has been busy organising ‘string-club’ sessions and a series of forthcoming schools concerts, over in Marketing we’ve been putting our first week of performances at Kings Place on sale, producing the brochure for it and arranging mailings etc, and the Projects team have been beavering away working out travel arrangement for forthcoming tours, finalising rehearsal schedules and administering the launch of the second year of our Melgaard Young Conductor Scheme. Read the rest of this entry »

A few reviews from our recent performance of Haydn’s Return of Tobias:

Times
Telegraph
Guardian
Classical Source

Our Orchestra Manager, Philippa Brownsword, captured some of the spactacular architecture of the Auditorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife whilst we were there the other week.

Yep, we’re now using Twitter, so you can get up to the minute updates from your favourite Orchestra. To be honest its all new to us so if you have any hot tips on using it then do let us know…

OAE on Twitter

Ok, time to fess up. When we started recruiting for the new Melgaard Young Conductor last year I asked my colleague Ceri if she’d mind writing about the process so that we could feature it on our website. She duly did this and then I duly never got around to putting it on our website. (sorry Ceri…)

However now we have our shiny new blog doing this sort of thing is so much easier. So here is Ceri’s Young Conductor diary from last year. We’ve just started the whole process again ready for the 2009-2010 season so we’ll post updates from this years process too.

William Norris, Marketing Director

1. 14th January 08 The adverts go live, and the letters go out.

Wow, we’ve finally got here…. After what feels like yonks of discussion, planning, and fundraising we have commenced our search for a Young Conductor. Read the rest of this entry »

The other week we had one of our Night Shift concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. These are always ‘interesting’ evenings for both Orchestra and staff. The Orchestra had flown back from the States the previous day, so were pretty jetlagged and rather tired. For staff, it’s always a busy

Night Shift audience

Night Shift audience

evening both backstage and front of house. It’s getting easier as we do more of them – but there are always so many things to think of , and its hectic, not least because not only do we have a 10pm Night Shift, but also a 7pm ‘regular’ concert as well! Anyway, it all went smoothly and we had a great audience – over 600 people, which is our biggest yet in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for a Night Shift. We also had some great feedback, which I hope the writers won’t mind me posting here.

“loved it! thank you :)”

“Just wanted to say I was at last nights Nightshift and I absolutely loved it, was such a warm and friendly atmosphere, will be attending every one from now on, and the Cello Singer before the gig she was amazing also, thanks for a great night.”

We were also mentioned on this blog and our regular photographer Joe Plommer has posted some more pictures on his blog as well.

William Norris, Marketing Director

Working in the Projects team at the OAE means that a day in the ‘office’ can consist of a vast array of possibilities, from the traditional administrative duties and planning meetings to manning rehearsals and concerts backstage or checking-in tour groups at the airport, which is what I found myself doing on Monday this week when the whole of the South of England ground to halt because of the snow…

Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport

My day started with an early phone call from the Orchestra Manager as I opened the curtains to find a snow-laden city awaiting me, and I realised that it was not going to be any ordinary day. We had a tour travelling to the Canary Islands to perform two concerts of Bach Cantatas with Gustav Leonhardt and they were supposed to be travelling leaving Heathrow at midday, travelling to Las Palmas via Madrid. My first challenge was getting to the airport as I had all of the orchestra’s tickets and travel documents. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday’s snow in London had some unexpected consequences for the Orchestra, about which we’ll write more later. In the meantime here are some snowy pics from our Kings Place Headquarters.

William Norris, Marketing Director

Sorry to have cut short the end of my St Paul story. I’ve now been back a week and a half and it’s taken me this long to get over the jet lag. (Sorry I promised my colleagues at the end of last week that I would moan about jet lag no longer, but here I go again…)

The last few days of our visit in St Paul were the most exciting as after all the preparation the performances of Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I have seen were finally to take place.

For both the Friday and Saturday night concerts in the Ordway Center, the St Paul Chamber Orchestra led from the piano by Pierre-Laurent Aimard performed Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto. With insider knowledge on what was to come in the 2nd half of the concert I was intrigued to how the audience would react as the 2 pieces couldn’t have been more different. Read the rest of this entry »

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