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Bach, the Universe and Everything podcast

Fri 7 Dec 2018

Lots of you have been asking for a listen again option for our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place, so here it is!

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Handel’s Messiah

Thu 6 Dec 2018

Handel’s Messiah is probably the most performed choral work in history, and despite being about the whole of Jesus’ life it is now mainly performed at Christmas.

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Telemann – In Numbers

Sat 1 Dec 2018

We’re playing music by Telemann in our Pipedreams concert on Monday 3 December at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. Here is his life broken down into manageable, number-related facts.

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Introducing Handel’s Organ

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt introduces a spectacular bespoke chamber organ, built to recreate the sounds of Handel’s era.

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Pipedreams Programme

Thu 29 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Pipedreams concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre on 3 December 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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John Butt on Telemann

Thu 22 Nov 2018

Our Principal Artist John Butt directs Pipedreams, a concert of music by great friends Handel and Telemann in Glasgow and London.

He explains why Telemann’s music is just as wonderful as that by Handel.

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Further listening: Simone Jandl

Mon 12 Nov 2018

So you’ve heard our Brahms: A German Requiem concert and you’re hungry for more Brahms. Our co-principal viola Simone Jandl recommends four unique pieces Brahms wrote after a eureka moment later in his life.

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Rehearsing Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis | Vaughan Williams

Fri 9 Nov 2018

“It’s been really inspirational for the start of this project.”

Leader Margaret Faultless gets her hands on the original concert programme for the premiere of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at Gloucester Cathedral on September 6, 1910.

Hear us play it before Brahms’ Requiem with Marin Alsop:

Saturday 10 November, 2018, The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sunday 11 November, 2018, Southbank Centre, London

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Brahms: A German Requiem Programme

Wed 7 Nov 2018

Here’s the programme for our Brahms: A German Requiem concert at Royal Festival Hall on 11 November 2018. Pick up a free hard copy on the night!

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Individual or society? Heart or heart? Conform or rebel?

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?

These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.

Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.

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Brahms’ humanist Requiem

Tue 30 Oct 2018

“Brahms’ Requiem is essentially humanist, less a prayer for the dead than a personal meditation for the consolation of the living.”

Ahead of our performances with Marin Alsop, we explore how Brahms’ German Requiem broke the mould. 

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Apollo and Daphne Programme

Thu 25 Oct 2018

Composers and space

Thu 18 Oct 2018

“For the same reason we are bound to believe that, as neither the beautiful neither the ugly is universal,” claimed the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1844. “Certain operas, which are every day represented and applauded (on Earth), will be hissed off the stage on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus.”

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We’re off to Asia

Wed 17 Oct 2018

Today members of the Orchestra are flying out to Singapore for a seven date tour of South East Asia, including our first ever concerts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei. We’ll also be returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we played with Iván Fischer and Steven Isserlis in 2006.

It’s all part of Toyota Classics, an annual classical music tour Toyota has promoted since 1990 to support charities across Asia.

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OAE’s Golden Record

Mon 1 Oct 2018

Voyager spacecraft

Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.

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What is Chamber Music?

Wed 19 Sep 2018

The term ‘chamber’ is often used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestra. But what does ‘chamber music’ really mean? And where did it come from?
Our Chief Executive Crispin Woodhead explains.

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Introducing Beethoven’s Contrabassoon

Wed 22 Aug 2018

What is this big beast of the orchestra, and where did it come from?

David Chatterton introduces the contrabassoon as heard in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Haydn’s Creation.

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Introducing the Baroque Double Bass

Fri 10 Aug 2018

‘A whole hillside of sheep goes into making the bottom string’.

Cecelia Bruggemeyer, our long-time double bass player, introduces its baroque ancestor.

NB

Violone: literally ‘big viol’ ; a general term used to refer to baroque bass instruments of various sizes and tunings

Bass:
1. a general word for a non-specified bass instrument or bass line
2. shorthand for double bass

Double-bass (Eng.), Contrebasse (Fr.): a bass stringed instrument that sounds an octave lower than the written pitch

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Bach, the Universe & Everything: Meet the Scientists

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Meet the Scientists

Get to know the speakers, scientists and thinkers who’ll be exploring all things extraterrestrial in the next season of Bach, the Universe & Everything. 

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Introducing Mozart’s Fortepiano

Thu 19 Jul 2018

“It really changes the way we think about the music”.

Our Co-Principal Keyboard, Steven Devine, introduces the predecessor of the modern piano, the fortepiano.

It’s the type of instrument Haydn, Mozart and the young Beethoven would have known and composed for.

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