What is chamber music?

These days, the term ‘chamber music’ is used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestras. From its emergence in the 17th century, however, chamber concerts were performed by a small group of players in more intimate settings. Traditionally, these type of concerts were for the preserve of the rich and wealthy.

In this video, Crispin Woodhead, Chief Executive of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, explains how chamber music has its origins in musicians coming together in people’s homes, to play, relax and engage in musical conversations with each other.

What is Chamber Music?

That idea of intimacy and engagement, in quite an informal way, is absolutely at the heart of the chamber music ethos.
Crispin Woodhead, OAE Chief Executive on chamber music

From now until 2023, the OAE is going back to its roots with Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six special seasons exploring the golden age of science and philosophy that gave the Orchestra its name.

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