Author Archives: Robert Samuels

OAE premieres new concert on digital platform

The Music Department’s partner orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, has recorded the programme of a concert scheduled during the global health crisis for performance on its digital platform, OAE Player. The film goes live on 10 February 2021 … Continue reading

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OU academic writes about Beethoven for international virtual exhibition

December 2020 sees Beethoven’s 250th birthday, and to mark the anniversary, Dr Robert Samuels of the OU Music Department has contributed an item to Romantic Europe: The Virtual Exhibition (RÊVE). The exhibition publishes a new ‘exhibit’ each month, and each contains an … Continue reading

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Pre-concert talks with the OAE

The next events in our partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are pre-concert talks by Robert Samuels of the OU Music department, before the orchestra’s programme ‘Mozart’s Final Flourish’. The concerts present the composer’s last three symphonies (No. … Continue reading

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PhD is student’s fourth OU music qualification

OU Music student Tom Hewitt has qualified for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) after successfully completing his viva voce examination on 8 January. Tom’s thesis was supervised by Robert Samuels of the Music Department and David Roden of the … Continue reading

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OU Honours Howard Goodall at Brighton Degree Ceremony

The composer Howard Goodall was given an honorary doctorate at the Open University’s Brighton degree ceremony on Saturday 19 October. Howard was presented for the degree by Robert Samuels of the Music Department. Robert’s address to those at the ceremony, … Continue reading

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Robert Samuels in OAE pre-concert event, 31 May

Another event in the Department’s partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) takes place on Friday 31 May at the Southbank Centre, London. The OAE is giving a concert with the title ‘States of Independence’ at 7:00 … Continue reading

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Audiences Love New OU/BBC series ‘A History of Music and Technology’

Pick of the Week by The Times, the landmark OU/BBC series ‘A History of Music and Technology’ is proving a real hit on BBC World Service Radio on Saturdays at 12.06 BST – or catch-up online here. Pink Floyd’s Nick … Continue reading

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Review of OU / OAE Study Day: ‘Learning for Learning’s Sake’

Several members of the Music Department joined students studying at every level, from Level 1 to the MA, for a Study Day at the Southbank Centre, London, on 19 March. The following review is by one of the participating students, … Continue reading

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Study Day at the Southbank Centre, 19 March 2019

    The Music Department is proud to present another Study Day in collaboration with its partner orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE). The day will take place at the Southbank Centre, London, on Tuesday 19 March. … Continue reading

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Robert Samuels to give OAE pre-concert talk on 4 February

The next event in the Department’s partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is their concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on Monday 4 February. The concert has the title Love and Duty, and … Continue reading

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