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Christmas and New Year just wouldn’t be the same with our favourite orchestra, would it? Well, we’re pleased  to say that whether you’re in London or not, you’ll be able to enjoy our music making in the coming couple of weeks. First off there’s a chance on Christmas Eve to hear us on BBC2, playing in Glyndebourne’s 2010 production of Don Giovanni. Vladimir Jurowski, one of our Principal Artists, conducts. The performance goes out at 2.45 on 24th December, and you can find out more about the production over on the Glyndebourne website.

Next up there are two opportunities to hear us at Kings Place giving an all Mozart programme on 31 Dec (at 6pm) and 1 Jan (at 1pm). The 1 January concert will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, kicking off their Genius of Mozart Season.

We hope you can join us in person or via TV or radio this festive season!

(with thanks to Michael Windsor-Ungureanu for the image)

A while back we asked you for suggestions for our opening concert of our 2011-2012 concert of season at Southbank Centre. Now, we have to admit we weren’t really overwhelmed with entries, certainly not as many as last year, but despite this we did get a few good suggestions (after all, quality is better than quantity, right?). We’re just finalising everything for the new season now ahead of a press launch in January and thought we’d let you choose which title we go with. To jog your memories the concert is:

Weber Overture Der Freischutz
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3, Scottish

Robert Levin piano

Voting will close at 4pm on Thursday 16 December

Lots of positive comments after our performance on Wednesday, what did you think of the concert?

A re-run of something we did a year or so back that in the end came up trumps.

We give each concert in our Southbank Centre concert season a title – a way of summing up the evening in a few words. They’re (ideally) pithy, witty, perhaps a little irreverant, and should be a good way of grabbing the attention of someone who is skim-reading our brochure or website.

Last year, with your help, we came up with Papa Haydn and Sister Act for our 21 June 2011 concert with Sir Simon Rattle, the Labeque Sisters, Mozart and Haydn. So we’re turning to you again for ideas for this concert which features in our 2011-2012 season – just post your ideas as comments. And if there’s anything super-amazing there may well be a little prize in it…

The concert:

Weber Overture Der Freischutz
Mozart Piano Concerto No.23
Mendelssohn Symphony No.3, Scottish

So put those thinking caps on and get inventive…

Enrique Mazzola can’t stop smiling. In a clutch of impressive debuts coming up this season – including the Oslo and New Japan Philharmonics and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra – the young Italian conductor is particularly thrilled by the prospect of working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, with whom he will make his debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in November. ‘They are full of passion and life,’ he enthuses. ‘They really know what they want.’ Read the rest of this entry »

Wolfgang Amadeus Madonna anyone?wolfgang-amadeus-madonna

This week we’re collaborating with the London Sinfonietta on REMIX, a 3-day festival celebrating remixing, reinventing and recyling music. Over three concerts we’re going to be looking at how composers have copied, stolen and taken inspiration from each other.

For example, on Thursday the OAE plays Bach’s version of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, while on Friday the London Sinfonietta play music by Purcell rearranged by John Woolrich, George Benjamin and Oliver Knussen…

So, with this in mind we’re asking you to name what your musical dream team would be. Perhaps you would bring Haydn and Beethoven together, Purcell and Vivaldi, Madonna and Mozart…

Let us know here what two (or more!) composers or musicians you would like to see work together and we’ll be awarding a pair of free tickets to Saturday’s concert, Music as Theft, to whoever comes up with our favourite idea. Oh, and if you’re really bored then you could also submit a pictorial mash-up like ours – there will be extra prizes for that! You can post them on our Facebook Page. Deadline is 5pm this Friday, so get thinking…

William Norris

At the Don Giovanni final rehearsal a few weeks ago (we’re perfoming it at Glyndebourne currently) I caught up with OAE Education Manager and Oboeist Cherry Forbes about her role in the opera:


Sorry about any background noise which is the OAE office team enjoying a picnic!

William Norris, Marketing Director

As you may know the OAE is currently down in Glyndebourne, where it is playing in two Mozart operas – Cosi Fan Tutte and Don Giovanni. Don Giovanni had its first night on Sunday and is conducted by our Principal Artist and Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Juorwski. In a recent excellent interview with The Guardian he talks about his fear of conducting the opera, yoga, The Night Shift and whether Glyndebourne still has a purpose. Read the interview here.

A few weeks ago office staff at the OAE indulged in one of the rather nice perks of working here, a chance to go to a final rehearsal at Glyndebourne picnicGlyndebourne, together with associated picnic. It’s very efficiently organised (the picnic) with spreadsheets being drawn up and each person being alloted a specific type of dish to bring. As usual it took place under overcast skies but it wouldn’t be the same if it were full sun…

We saw the final rehersal of Cosi fan Tutte. A final rehearsal is pretty much like a performance, apart from the audience (and Orchestra, come to think of it) being dress in mufti rather than dolled up in DJ’s. The performance was great, and below you can hear members of the office talking about the production and their Glyndebourne experience.


Isabelle before the show


Isabelle after the show


Ceri talks about the performance


Nicolette talks about the performance


Megan talks about the performance

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