Author Archives: Robert Samuels

Pre-concert event for the OAE

The Music Department’s partner ensemble, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, continues its Southbank Centre season, and its exploration of nineteenth-century repertoire, with a performance on Tuesday 12 April of Mahler’s Second Symphony, the “Resurrection”. Once again, the OU will … Continue reading

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The Practice of Music Making: loan eligibility

We are pleased to be able to confirm that students registering for the OU / Trinity Laban Certificate The Practice of Music Making will be eligible for student loans, provided they meet the general eligibility criteria (for most OU students, this … Continue reading

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February Academic of the month: Robert Samuels

I volunteered to become ‘academic of the month’ for this second of our monthly blogs introducing members of the Music Department because February 2016 began with one of the most rewarding events I’ve been involved in as an academic for … Continue reading

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OU Music Department featured in OAE’s Southbank Centre weekend

On Saturday 6 February at the Royal Festival Hall, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents a programme conducted by Marin Alsop, featuring two of Schumann’s last works for large orchestra, the ‘Rhenish’ Symphony and the Violin Concerto (suppressed … Continue reading

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The deaths of Bowie and Boulez

Robert Samuels was invited by the OU’s OpenLearn team to reflect on the two notable losses to the musical world this month.

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Book Launch for OU 2011 PhD graduate

Miguel de Cervantes Award Lectures Monday 23rd November @ 6.30 p.m. at Instituto Cervantes 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN Lecture 6 Alejo Carpentier: Blurring Genres and launch of the book Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text by Dr Katia … Continue reading

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5. Music enriches the rest of your life

Music enriches the rest of your life – studying music with us will bring your enthusiasms into your work, and your study will enhance the things you value and enjoy. You may have seen the television advert for cider which has … Continue reading

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OU honours John Rutter

The composer and conductor John Rutter was made an Honorary Doctor of the Open University at a graduation ceremony in Ely Cathedral on 31 May. Dr Rutter, who worked as a Lecturer in the Music Department for ten years in … Continue reading

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Concert to open London conference

Robert Samuels is co-organiser of the conference ‘Silence, Absence and Ellipsis in Words and Music’ to be held at Senate House, London, from 7-10 August. To open the conference, a concert of specially-composed works will be presented at 7.30 p.m. … Continue reading

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BBC4 Series “Symphony” wins BBC Award

Symphony won the award for ‘Best Partnership’ at the BBC Audio & Music Awards, held at New Broadcasting House on 13 March. The series was produced as a collaboration between BBC4 television, the Open University Music Department, BBC Orchestras, Radio … Continue reading

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