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We’ve had SO much exciting stuff to talk about on the Blog that these vox pops from way back in May have got a little forgotten about. To jog your memory, in case you were there, the concert (reviews here) featured Artur Pizarro on the fortepiano playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 plus the Orchestra, conducted by Roy Goodman playing Mozart Symphony 40 and Schumann Symphony No.4 (plus a rather unusual encore). Here’s what the audience made of it afterwards:
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.
With a rather tired team back in the office today it seems like an appropriate time to point you in the direction of this old p0st.
The Orchestra is really extraordinarily busy at the moment, so they’re also probably feeling a little tired – here’s a run-down of what we’ve been up to this week:
Monday: Rehearse for Fidelio performance at the Brighton festival
Tuesday: More rehearsals for Fidelio
Wednesday: Afternoon rehearsal, and then 7pm and 10pm concerts with Roy Goodman and Artur Pizarro at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
Thursday (today!): First rehearsal for Glyndebourne’s Don Giovanni with conductor Robin Ticciati, plus our AGM
Friday: More Don Giovanni rehearsals
Saturday: Fidelio Rehearsals
Sunday: Fidelio Rehearsal and performance at the Brighton Dome
Phew! And then the following week we have more Don Giovanni rehearsals, plus rehearsals for and performance of Mozart Requiem with the Bach Choir…
William Norris, Communications Director
Next week we have the latest in our series of late-night Night Shift events. We caught up with conductor Roy Goodman after yesterday’s rehearsal to ask him about the symphony featured in the concert, Schubert’s Symphony No.4, Tragic. Find out more about the event here.
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
In just over a week’s time we have our next concert at Southbank Centre, May the fours be with you. We know the concert title has been a bit of a marmite-like subject, you either love it or hate it – but it just references all the fours – 4th May, Mozart Symphony 40, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, Schubert Symphony No. 4…
Anyhow, for this concert (and the Night Shift that follows) we’re joined by conductor Roy Goodman, for whom this is a bit of a special moment – returning to the OAE as conductor, after having been a player member of the OAE in our early days back in the 80′s. Here’s his Speed Interview. You can also catch the concert in Bristol this Thursday, 28 April.
What/when was your big breakthrough?
Boy soloist for Decca Records in Allegri’s Miserere as a chorister in King’s College Choir 1963.
What do you fear the most?
Divorce and overdrafts.
Which mobile number do you call the most?
Jane, my Kiwi girlfriend in Auckland, New Zealand.
What – or where – is perfection?
A full moon whilst sailing my boat in the Western Isles of Scotland. Read the rest of this entry »