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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-ownbrand. 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
The Independent

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Illustration for The World Around Us at Southbank Centre
10:30 am
Sun 13 Jan 2019
10:30 am | Sun 13 Jan 2019
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and join the Orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe
Love and Duty

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7:00 pm
Mon 04 Feb 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 04 Feb 2019
Classical music
Opera
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
Be moved by songs from the heart with Magdalena Kozena
THE GIANT STORYTELLING BED at Imagine Children's Festival Credit Victor Frankowski 2016
Various times
Sun 24 Feb 2019
Various times | Sun 24 Feb 2019
Classical music
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
Party like it’s 1717 with Handel’s Water Music: foot-tapping tunes written for a festival
 Brahms Piano Concerto No.1

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7:00 pm
Mon 18 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 18 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir András Schiff performs a blockbuster piano concerto in the first of two concerts
Sir András Schiff performs a blockbuster piano concerto in the first of two concerts
Brahms Piano Concerto No.2

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7:00 pm
Tue 19 Mar 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 19 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Sir András Schiff performs a blockbuster piano concerto in the second of two concerts
Sir András Schiff performs a blockbuster piano concerto in the second of two concerts
Various times
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Various times | Sat 30 Mar 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five
A magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five

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7:00 pm
Tue 02 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 02 Apr 2019
Classical music
Choral
Catch one of Bach’s great masterpieces, a thrilling telling of the Easter story
Catch one of Bach’s great masterpieces, a thrilling telling of the Easter story
Trial by Jury

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7:00 pm
Thu 18 Apr 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 18 Apr 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy the feel-good hit of the 1870s
Enjoy the feel-good hit of the 1870s
Illustration for A World of Magic at Southbank Centre
Various times
Sun 28 Apr 2019
Various times | Sun 28 Apr 2019
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Take your little ones to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute
Bach - Toutes Suites

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7:00 pm
Tue 14 May 2019
7:00 pm | Tue 14 May 2019
Classical music
Orchestra
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach
Enjoy a balance of pleasures with the music of Bach

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The OAE’s Chief Executive, Crispin Woodhead, tells us everything we need to know about chamber music
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The OAE’s Simone Jandl compare the instrument to its modern counterpart

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