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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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2017/18 season: Sep 2017 - Jul 2018
2018/19 season: Sep 2018 - Jul 2019

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Various times
Sun 10 Jun 2018
Various times | Sun 10 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Meet a gaggle of characters through orchestral music with a narrative
Meet a gaggle of characters through orchestral music with a narrative
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7:00 pm
Tue 26 Jun 2018
7:00 pm | Tue 26 Jun 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
The OAE and dancers recreate the sounds and sights of Versailles
The OAE and dancers recreate the sounds and sights of Versailles
Various times
Sat 30 Jun 2018
Various times | Sat 30 Jun 2018
Classical music
Talks & Topics
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra
Introduce children to the wonder of the orchestra

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7:00 pm
Wed 04 Jul 2018
7:00 pm | Wed 04 Jul 2018
Classical music
Choral
Sir András Schiff and the OAE perform magical and playful works by Haydn.
Sir András Schiff and the OAE perform magical and playful works by Haydn.

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7:00 pm
Thu 25 Oct 2018
7:00 pm | Thu 25 Oct 2018
Classical music
Opera
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
An evening of pure Handelian fun.
marin Alsop

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7:00 pm
Sun 11 Nov 2018
7:00 pm | Sun 11 Nov 2018
Classical music
Choral
Open your ears to a ‘Requiem for the masses’
Open your ears to a ‘Requiem for the masses’

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7:00 pm
Mon 03 Dec 2018
7:00 pm | Mon 03 Dec 2018
Classical music
Orchestra
Absorb the sounds of the 18th century
Absorb the sounds of the 18th century

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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

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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

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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

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