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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Sir Charles Mackerras.
One of the OAE’s Emeritus Conductors, Sir Charles was a terrific force in the revival of Handel even before his first concert with the OAE in 1987, just a year after the Orchestra was formed. From his first concert he formed an immediate rapport with the Orchestra, becoming one of the Orchestra’s most regular conductors and being appointed Emeritus Conductor in 2007. Sir Charles also made many recordings with the OAE, starting with Schubert in 1987 and most recently Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, which was also the last work that he conducted in public earlier this summer at Glyndebourne, again with the OAE.
Stephen Carpenter, Chief Executive of the OAE commented:
“It is difficult to think that such a vibrant musical personality is no longer with us. Any concert or opera performance conducted by Sir Charles was an event that every musician in the OAE looked forward to and enjoyed. The OAE players, board and management staff had the highest respect and love for Sir Charles and we are grateful for the many happy musical memories that he gave to us and to audiences throughout the world; memories that will thankfully live on through his extensive recorded legacy.”
Will’s asked me to write a few lines about our Beethoven 9 project (or ‘patch’ as we call it in the office) last month, but I’m not really sure where to start- it was extremely eventful!
It started off as a concert in London on the Friday, followed by a concert in San Sebastian on the Sunday. First change: San Sebastian ende
d up being Valladolid. Then the Spaniards decided they wanted a concert in Madrid on the Saturday and possibly in Barcelona on the Tuesday. Then the Barcelona concert was scrapped. At this point we were very sad to hear that Sir Charles Mackerras was unwell and could not do our concerts, so the hunt was on for another conductor, who could do all three.
Fortunately Ilan Volkov came to the rescue, so back to the grindstone to organise those last minute flight details. One week to go, and after months of hanging on to finalise the details we thought we were finally there, and then,
the Madrid concert was cancelled! Unfortunately it was too late to change our flights to go a day later so the orchestra were very pleased to find out they had a free night in Madrid (especially as this was the night of THE big football match – Madrid vs Barcelona…). With the Madrid concert cancelled we had some last minute changes with the instrument transport and we enrolled Bonzo ‘our man with a van’ to truck our instruments to Spain for us (we now had an extra day to do this and it is a lot safer for the instruments than flying). Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s a selection of reviews from our recent performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at the Royal Festival Hall with conductor Ilan Volkov (who stepped in for Sir Charles Mackerras at the last minute). The performance is available to listen to on radio 3 here until Tuesday20 April.
Last night my colleague Ceri Jones and I got glammed up and went along to the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, held at The Dorchester on Park Lane. The RPS awards are known as the classical music ‘oscars’ and there was certainly a star-studded audience there for the dinner and ceremony. Spotted in the crowd were Harrison Birtwistle, Edward Gardner, Yannick Néget-Séguin, Mark Padmore and Sir Charles Mackerras. We were there because the OAE had been shortlisted in the Audience Development category for The Night Shift, the second time The Night Shift has been shortlisted in this category. Sadly, we didn’t win, but we did very well to get through to the last three – the RPS had apparently received over 400 nominations across all the categories, so there was stiff competition. Streetwise Opera was a very exciting and worthy winner, and it was good to see Yannick Néget-Séguin win the Young Artist award – he’ll be conducting us in October. We managed to say hello to him afterwards and he mentioned how much he is looking forward to it.
Hopefully we’ll be back next year and maybe even bring home some silverware!
William Norris, Marketing Director