Here’s Max Mandel, our co-principal viola, on what you should track down next…
I hate having to defend Joseph Haydn, but it’s a position I find myself in quite often. A colleague of mine asked me in front of a pianist friend to choose, gun to my head, between the string quartets of Haydn and the string quartets of Mozart. I didn’t hesitate for a second with my answer: Haydn.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Schiff’s Surprise concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 4 July 2018. You can pick up a hard copy for free on the night.Read More
We’re thrilled to announce the distinguished pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff as our new Principal Artist.
Sir András conducts and plays in our Schiff’s Surprise concert on Wednesday 4 July at Queen Elizabeth Hall, or at the Cheltenham Music Festival on Sunday 8 July 2018.Read More
Here’s the programme for our Dangerous Liaisons concert on Tuesday 26 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a hard copy on the night for free!Read More
It’s always very exciting to have new player members joining the orchestra, and we’ve just appointed six new violinists to our violin section.
All six have already been playing with us in concerts for over 18 months and we look forward to having them perform with us over the course of many more seasons. They are:
Henry Tong (pictured)
Is love what you think it is?
Our Baroque dance spectacular, Dangerous Liaisons, tells a classic love story. But in the Baroque era, composers were influenced by a very different theory of why people fell in love than we have now.Read More
The Carpenters. The Corrs. The Magic Numbers. Put a brother and sister together and get them to write music, and it doesn’t always turn out well.
But in the early 19th century things were different, when Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were changing the music world with their new Romantic sounds.Read More
Here’s the programme for our performance of Der Rosenkavalier on Thursday 17 May at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
Why did silent films have music? How do orchestras perform to silent films?
We asked Ben Winters (senior lecturer in music at the Open University and expert on music in films) to explain.Read More
The great painter, Jean Ingres, was in no doubt about how important Haydn was: “Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn. Beethoven, indeed, is admirable, he is incomparable, but he has not the same usefulness as Haydn. He is not a necessity.”Read More
“I always feel that playing these instruments is like doing a tight-rope walk without any kind of safety net…”
Our co-principal oboe Dan Bates introduces the instrument that composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) would have been familiar with.
Hear Dan perform at our next Turning Points event at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London:
Sat 12 May 2018
First and Last of a Great Genius
Haydn Symphony no. 1 Haydn Symphony no. 104 London
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We’re going to the cinema for a recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in London in 1926.
See the silent film version of the great opera Der Rosenkavalier, while we play live the soundtrack Richard Strauss wrote to accompany the film.Read More
The first of a new series of videos exploring the instruments of the ‘classical’ era (1750-1820).
Principal Horn Roger Montgomery looks at the instrument that would have been used to perform Mozart’s horn concertos.Read More
Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of naughty notes and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.
Read the notes as we perform it at Conway Hall with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery.Read More
The Paston Papers are a collection of hundreds of letters dating back to 15th century Norfolk, which are a fascinating record of the life and times of the Paston family who lived there.
The earliest known Paston letter was written in 1408, and to mark the 600th anniversary our Education team is involved in a series of musical events. This is followed by a concert with the Orchestra at St Nicholas Church in North Walsham on Sunday 1 July, featuring a specially-commissioned piece by composer Sarah Rodgers.Read More
Here’s the programme for our performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Monday 26 March at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
“It’s designed to disturb. It should get under the skin and worry us.”
Mark Padmore explores Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and the advantages of performing it without a conductor.Read More
Leader Matthew Truscott tells us what it’s like to perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion without a conductor, but instead following the breathing of singer and director, Mark Padmore.Read More
Following much-praised accounts of the St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, conductor Stephen Layton now turns to Bach’s mighty B minor Mass.Read More
Mark Padmore explains his view of the St Matthew Passion, and the role of the Evangelist…Read More