Visions, Illusions and Delusions

Visions, Illusions and Delusions is the first part of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Six Chapters of Enlightenment; six special seasons exploring through music the golden age of science and philosophy that gave the Orchestra its name.

Shaken out of old certainties by quantum leaps in science, the Enlightenment started with radical doubts: is seeing believing? Should we really judge by experiences? Who can I trust? Is love what you think it is? What is right and what is wrong?

The OAE are unlocking these questions with characters such as Judas, Semele and Berenice; musicians that are always confounding expectations, such as Nicola Benedetti and Sir András Schiff; or the jokes and hidden secrets of Mozart’s scores.

If you’re new to the OAE, you should know they play on instruments from the period the music was written. Each concert needs hours of research to understand centuries of performance tradition, making old music new.

If you’re already a fan, the orchestra’s lovingly-crafted performances are combined more than ever with special efforts to help you discover what the composers were thinking, and how the times they live in influenced their music.  

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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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Multi-buy discount

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.