Last Thursday Miss Eileen and I took a break from working, hanging out and going for coffee and went to a really fun event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank. I had met a lovely girl called Ceri at a blog meetup a couple of weeks back: she works for a really cool orchestra called the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and when they had an event she was kind enough to mention my name when some tickets were available. I love classical music so of course I snapped them up and Eileen and I were keen to go see the orchestra’s take on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.
This performance was part of ‘The Night Shift‘ – a set of slightly later concerts with a more informal feel (fresh takes on pieces, interaction with the players, cameras allowed and bar open throughout), and was really fantastic. The OAE, led by the brilliant violinist Kati, who discussed each movement beforehand with passion, warmth and charm, played wonderfully, really breathing life into pieces that can feel all-too-familiar. The pieces were also different in that they were presented alongside modern dances especially choreographed for this set of performances. I know a lot less about dance than I do about music, but the dancers were so skilled and really brought some interesting shapes and stories to the piece.
Photos to follow (blogger is having a moment about uploading them, ha!), but I just wanted to heartily recommend the OAE to anyone looking for some interesting, innovative classical music. The Night Shift was wonderful!