Classical music

OAE: Schiff’s Surprise

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

Sir András Schiff conducts and performs with the OAE in magical and playful works by Haydn

A virtuoso pianist and world-class conductor, Sir András Schiff defies expectations, constantly shifting between roles on the concert stage.

This concert rounds off the OAE’s Visions, Illusions & Delusions season with a varied programme of music by Haydn, who as much as any other composer redefined what orchestral music came to be during the Enlightenment period.

`I was interested in surprising the public with something new,’ Haydn said about his Symphony No. 94, now nicknamed the Surprise Symphony because of its breathless invention and numerous musical jokes.

It’s paired with Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, which is an opportunity to hear Schiff’s playing at its magical best.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
András Schiff conductor, piano
Choir of the Enlightenment


Haydn: Symphony No.94 (Surprise); Piano Concerto in D, Hob.XVIII/11
Haydn: Mass in B flat (Harmoniemesse)

Dates & times

4 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 125 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £60
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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Performance time
Please note start time of 7pm.

Related events
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 5.45pm: pre-concert talk. Admission free.

Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount.

2 – 3 events (15% discount)
4 – 7 events (20% discount)
8 or more events (25% discount)

Children and student £5 tickets are available for every concert. These discounts, and the £5 tickets, are not available on Premium seats.