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Yesterday saw day three of rehearsal for our tour to San Sebastian, Edinburgh and Warsaw. We were at Henry Wood Hall in Borough, one of the busiest Orchestral rehearsal venues in London. It’s a beautiful building, a converted church in a perfect Georgian Square. We were there rehearsing the Mendelssohn concerto with violinist Alina Ibragimova, which we’ll also be going on to record once the tour is finished. Here are a few pictures from the rehearsal.

A few pictures snapped by our Intern Georgina of the OAE in rehearsal last week with two conductors – Roy Goodman rehearsing us at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for that evening’s performance of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, and Robin Ticciati at the helm in rehearsal for Glyndebourne’s Don Giovanni.

At lunchtime today my colleague Megan produced 10 metres of hand-made bunting from her bag (as you do). We were all pretty impressed with it and immediately started to put it up in the office. While we were doing this my colleague Zen starting filming and taking pictures – I remarked that it would be great to get some pictures for the blog as ‘there’s nothing else interesting going on today to put on there’. At this point Megan remarked to me that in fact there was a 50 piece orchestra rehearsing two floors below us and that was maybe quite interesting.

Of course she’s right.  Its amazing how quickly something like that becomes routine and ordinary, and you have to be reminded how special it is. After lunch I took the escalator down to level -2 here at Kings Place to listen to the Orchestra, conductor Roy Goodman and pianist Artur Pizzaro rehearse Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto. Lovely as Megan’s bunting is, listening to the OAE play Beethoven is always going to trump most things. Here are pics of both bunting and rehearsal.

William Norris, Communications Director


A while back, photographer Karen Robinson was commissioned by Southbank Centre to take pictures of the Resident Orchestras and their major artists, with a view to using the images for the Southbank Centre’s 2010-2011 Classical Music Season. You may well have already seen the photographs in the Southbank’s Classical Music Guide. As part of the project, Karen spent a day with the OAE as we rehearsed and performed Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The results are fantastic, and a wonderful glimpse into what happens backstage at a concert. Here’s an initial selection (from the afternoon rehearsal), and more will follow.

William Norris, Marketing Director

Here are a few pics from yesterday’s rehearsal with Laurence Cummings in Hall 2, at our Kings Place HQ. The concert is tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Here’s a photogallery from our 2 days in Spain, thanks to Megan for being our resident paparazzi! Yesterday the OAE flew back to the UK for a days break and today they are off to Birmingham for a concert in the fabulous acoustic of Symphony Hall. Then tomorrow they fly to Germany for the final leg of the tour.

Some slightly fuzzzy heads in the OAE office today – we had our office warming and Christmas party last night. Pics to follow soon!

Will, Marketing Director

A picture gallery from our recent couple of days in Vienna. The Orchestra is currently in Spain, look out for news very soon.

William, Marketing Director

We had a surprise visitor at our afternoon rehearsal yesterday at the Royal Festival Hall, when Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski dropped by. He’d been rehearsing with the LPO in the morning so stayed on for our rehearsal with Sir Simon Rattle in the afternoon. Projects Manager Ceri Jones managed to get a quick pic on her phone (hence the quality!) of the two of them in conversation. Some of you may remember that about 2 years ago Vladimir conducted Schumann’s Symphony No.3, Rhenish with us, so maybe he was comparing notes with Simon.

Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski

Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski

Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski

Simon Rattle and Vladimir Jurowski

The Orchestra has had a day off today and then we’re off to Brussels tomorrow on the 09.57 from St Pancras, look out for tour reports coming soon.

William, Marketing Director

As promised, a couple more pics from Fridays rehearsal. The Orchestra spent the weekend rehearsing at Kings Place, and after an afternoon rehearsal today we have the first performance at the Royal Festival Hall. Check back here later this week for a special report from backstage.

Will, Marketing Director

Lots of excitement today here at our HQ, Kings Place, as we had our first rehearsals for our concerts with Sir Simon Rattle next week.

The ‘Schumann’ project has been on schedules for years now – certainly ever since I started here 4 years ago, so its exciting to hear it come to fruition. I sat in the rehearsal for the first thirty minutes, and even on a first run though it sounded pretty damn exciting – I got the ‘tingle’ factor! I was wondering while I sat there why Schumann’s symphonies aren’t better known – they started with the second symphony and it’s really good stuff, very stirring.

I managed to snatch a few pics before they started rehearsing – not that great quality i’m afraid, but I’ll try and get some more at the evening rehearsal. Don’t forget to check back here for more news during the tour.

If you’re curious to find out what the Schumann symphonies sound like you can here soundclips here and here.

Will, Marketing Director

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