There’s no disputing that our Resident Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, has a more unorthodox name than most classical ensembles. What, and indeed when, was the Age of Enlightenment? What might the term ‘enlightenment’ mean now? And indeed what has any of this got to do with a group of people performing classical music?
Well, prepare to have all these questions, and possibly more, answered by two of the Orchestra’s current members; Annette Isserlis (viola) and Kati Debretzeni (leader, violin). In this video, produced by the OAE the pair explore the remarkable 18th century explosion of science, philosophy and the arts from which the Orchestra takes its name.