“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.Read More
Haydn’s Surprise Symphony isn’t just one dramatic moment. Our Chief Executive Crispin explains why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’.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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Here’s the programme for our The Corridors of Power concert on Tuesday 27 February at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.Read More
One of the more unusual concerts in our 2017/18 Visions, Illusions and Delusions season is The Corridors of Power, a mixture of Haydn and Mozart conducted by our old friend Ádám Fischer.Read More
Cello virtuoso Steven Isserlis shows us his Marquis de Corberon Stradivarius cello and chats about Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C which he will be playing next week at the Royal Festival Hall.
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Here’s the programme for our Steven Isserlis performs Haydn concert on Monday 20 March at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.
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Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.Read More
Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around?Read More
Finishing around 8.30pm, our Kings Place concert is the perfect aperitif for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve in the heart of Kings Cross and Camden.
So, if you’re planning on sticking around after the chamber music and Viennese dances, here are our top local tips to keep you entertained to midnight and beyond.Read More
We’re taking a break from our 30th birthday season at Southbank Centre to pay a visit to the stunning West London Synagogue, just off Edgware Road.Read More
I recently had the great pleasure of joining the OAE on a little tour to Eisenstadt, Austria, playing a little bit of Schubert and lots of Haydn in the Esterhazy Palace where he worked. It was my first international tour, and my first freelance work with the OAE, having been a member of the Ann and Peter Law Experience Scheme this year.Read More
Next week we’re performing an all-strings programme at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with Richard Tognetti.Read More
Wow, that came round fast. It only seems like yesterday that we were asking you to help us name a concert in our current season (Lord of the Strings, coming up on 25 Nov and on tour), and here we are doing it all over again – this time for our 2015-2016 season, which gets announced in January.Read More
Get a sneak preview of our forthcoming performances of Haydn’s Creation with this new video from a rehearsal this week.
Hear it live at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, tonight, 4 May details
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Their music might have stood the test of time, but what about their looks?Read More
A Viola player using the latest technology to create a musical composition, an artist based in Singapore that can create life-like images with just paint and resin – there’s so much to see here and all so culturally nourishing. Plus, if you can make it to the bottom, there’s a picture of Haydn in hair curlers.Read More
In this talk Richard Wigmore looks at the history and vivid descriptions of Haydn’s The Creation. Was it ‘programme music’ before its time?Read More
‘Achingly beautiful’, ‘joyous’, ‘looked like they were having fun’…just a few of the comments you made after our performance of Haydn’s fabulous Creation at the beginning of the month.Read More