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In this latest video OAE violinist and musicologist Roy Mowatt explores what gives Handel’s music its mass, immediate appeal:
Join us tomorrow for A celebration of Handel, live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Our December podcast is now out. In this bumper edition we:
- Talk to conductor Jonathan Cohen about his New Year’s concerts with us
- Find out how someone needing the loo led to the Royal Festival Hall opening its doors all day
- Talk to Duke Dobing from the office team to find out what a Development Director does
- Hear from violinist Roy Mowatt about his top CD picks
- Look ahead to our tour with legendary Beethoven interpreter David Zinman
Next week we have a week of performances coming up at our Kings Place Headquarters, our first public performances there since our concerts as part of the opening festival last Autumn. A definite highlight will be Henry Purcell’s Bonduca (or Boadicea). One of the last things he wrote, the music was written for the play of the same name, and as you might expect it concerns Queen Boadicea. Indeed, the plays subtitle is The British Heroine. We’ll be performing Henry Purcell’s music alongside excerpts from the play, in a performance which has been put together by OAE violnist Roy Mowatt. Alongside the Orchestra and Choir of the Enlightenment there will be a cast of actors and the whole performance will be directed by Pia Furtardo, who recently worked with director Katie Mitchell on ENO’s After Dido. It should be a pretty special evening!
We asked Roy a few questions about the piece: Read the rest of this entry »