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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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States of Independence

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7:00 pm
Fri 31 May 2019
7:00 pm | Fri 31 May 2019
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Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Rally around the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

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7:00 pm
Thu 03 Oct 2019
7:00 pm | Thu 03 Oct 2019
classical music
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Marvel at Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece performed by the Orchestra of the Age of...
Katherine Watson, soprano

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7:00 pm
Mon 11 Nov 2019
7:00 pm | Mon 11 Nov 2019
classical music
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Lift your spirits with three Baroque masterpieces from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Beethoven: Symphonies No.2&3

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7:00 pm
Tue 28 Jan 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 28 Jan 2020
classical music
classical music
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The composer’s major-key masterpieces save the day with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ivan Fischer, conductor

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7:00 pm
Fri 07 Feb 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 07 Feb 2020
classical music
classical music
Investigate Mozart’s last three symphonies with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Investigate Mozart’s last three symphonies with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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7:00 pm
Wed 25 Mar 2020
7:00 pm | Wed 25 Mar 2020
classical music
Strike a dangerous musical pact with performers from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Strike a dangerous musical pact with performers from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Ian Bostridge, tenor

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7:00 pm
Sun 26 Apr 2020
7:00 pm | Sun 26 Apr 2020
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classical music
Tainted love is on the menu with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Tainted love is on the menu with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Alina Ibragimova

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7:00 pm
Tue 19 May 2020
7:00 pm | Tue 19 May 2020
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Who? The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explains
Who? The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explains
Stephen Hough, pianist

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7:00 pm
Fri 26 Jun 2020
7:00 pm | Fri 26 Jun 2020
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The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs works by the bad boys of 19th-century music

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