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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:

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A quick roundup of reviews from our recent concerts of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, with conductor Roy Goodman and pianist Artur Pizarro:

Guardian

Independent

Classical Source

What did you think?

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

Artur PizarroWe’re currently performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with soloist Artur Pizarro – with him making his period instrument debut with us. Catch it at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London tomorrow – and in the mean time have a read of his Speed Interview with us:

What/when was your big breakthrough?
Well, I’ve been playing the piano all my life and always with the focus on a career as a soloist so the process has been long and gradual but if I have to highlight a moment it would definitely be winning the Leeds Piano Competition in 1990. I was just back in Leeds to play for Dame Fanny Waterman’s 90th birthday party and it was amazing to see all the friendly faces who have supported me in the last two decades! An amazing experience!

What do you fear the most?
Stupidity and cruelty, point blank!!!

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My manager Tom Croxon, who else??

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We’re looking forward to our next Night Shift event on Wednesday (4 May), and ahead of it we’ve just released our latest podcast. In it we feature an in-depth interview with star pianist Artur Pizarro, talk to OAE violinist and Leader Alison Bury about what it’s like playing at The Night Shift, plus we look ahead to our June event in Shoreditch. First though we start off hearing from you, with audience reaction to our last event.

The Night Shift returns on Wednesday 4 May
The podcast will also shortly be available on itunes, just search for Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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


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