We know that when it comes to choosing a concert, there are a lot of other orchestras in London you could go to; and of course a lot of good reasons to just stay at home. So why choose the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment? Well, apart from our rather enticing name we reckon it comes down to three things: Originality, Freshness and Zest.
So, Originality: the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) play on original instruments (or copies of them) and in styles appropriate to the age of the music. So you get to hear what Mozart or Beethoven actually intended (or pretty close) rather than a modern version.
Freshness: the OAE isn’t a full-time Orchestra. We’re not playing 365 days a year and we don’t play Beethoven’s fifth symphony every other month. This means that when we do, we’re really excited and fired up about it. We like to think that this comes across.
Lastly, Zest: this is the X factor. We actually love what we do. How often do you see an Orchestra smile on stage? We do. We’re passionate about our music and want you to be too.
So there you have it. Originality, Freshness and Zest. The last two make us sound a bit like a gin and tonic. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing. See you at a concert soon!
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