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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

‘Not all orchestras are the same.’ That’s been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s calling card since a pioneering group of musicians formed the ensemble just over 30 years ago.

Playing instruments from the time the music was written, they continue to make old music new.

So what makes an OAE performance special? Think of it like drinking a lovingly-made craft beer over a mass-produced lager, or a Highland single malt over a supermarket-own brand. There’s an element of craft in everything it does.

Each concert needs hours of research to understand centuries of performance tradition. In its hands, you hear as close as possible to what Bach or Beethoven envisaged when they were writing. And because they don’t perform every day of the year, every performance is remarkable and nothing is routine. They’re fired up, excited, and love what they do. Join them at a concert and you can see that on stage.

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.

Britain’s indisputably best period instrument ensemble
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Christian Curnyn

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7:00 pm
Tue 20 Oct 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 20 Oct 2020
classical music
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
A biblical story dramatises the many facets of love, from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Steven Devine, pianist

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7:00 pm
Mon 23 Nov 2020
7:00 pm | Mon 23 Nov 2020
classical music
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Encounter the ‘Swedish Mozart’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Alina Ibragimova

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7:00 pm
Tue 08 Dec 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 08 Dec 2020
classical music
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rally to music that challenged convention with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Wed 13 Jan 2021
7:00 pm | Wed 13 Jan 2021
classical music
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque
Concert becomes game-show as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment takes on the best of Baroque
Nicola Benedetti, violinist

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7:00 pm
Mon 22 Feb 2021
7:00 pm | Mon 22 Feb 2021
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A national treasure joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a landmark violin concerto
A national treasure joins the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for a landmark violin concerto
Mark Padmore, tenor

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7:00 pm
Tue 16 Mar 2021
7:00 pm | Tue 16 Mar 2021
classical music
Hear Bach’s oratorio played on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Hear Bach’s oratorio played on period instruments by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Masaaki Suzuki

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7:00 pm
Fri 30 Apr 2021
7:00 pm | Fri 30 Apr 2021
classical music
From the depths of history, the OAE brings a setting of the world-changing psalm
From the depths of history, the OAE brings a setting of the world-changing psalm
Alexander Melnikov

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7:00 pm
Fri 04 Jun 2021
7:00 pm | Fri 04 Jun 2021
classical music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment brings its 2020/21 season, The Edge of Reason, to a close
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment brings its 2020/21 season, The Edge of Reason, to a close

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