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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Thirty-odd years ago a group of intrepid musicians – Southbank Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) – broke away from the classical music establishment.

The OAE makes old music new, playing instruments from the period the music was written. In its hands, you hear as close as possible to what Bach or Beethoven envisaged. 

Craft beer for the ears

But 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 own-brand. There’s an element of craft in everything it does.

The OAE plays 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. Every performance is remarkable, and nothing is routine.

In 2016/17 The OAE plays music by many of the composers it has become famous for performing, including Mozart, Haydn and Bach. So if you’re new to the Orchestra, or if you’ve been coming for 30 years, we hope to see you at a concert soon!

Highlights include all of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Steven Isserlis performing Haydn’s lost cello concerto, Sarah Connolly singing songs by Berlioz and all of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, performed over two nights with the orchestra conducted for the very first time by Masaaki Suzuki.

On sale soon

This series goes on sale to Southbank Centre Members on 9 February and on general sale on 23 February.

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10 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
10 Feb
A concert celebrating the work of the great French composer Étienne Méhul

18 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
18 Feb
Join a morning of events for youngsters from the musicians of the OAE.

20 Feb

Classical music
Orchestra
20 Feb
Join Sarah Connolly to enjoy Berlioz's dramatic song cycle Les nuits d'été

20 Mar

Classical music
Orchestra
20 Mar
Steven Isserlis plays Haydn's Cello Concerto at this Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment concert

18 Apr

Classical music
Orchestra
18 Apr
Star violinist Isabelle Faust performs two of Mozart's violin concertos and Haydn's Symphony No.49

30 Apr

Classical music
Orchestra
30 Apr
Join us for a morning of events for youngsters, from the musicians of the OAE.

2 May

Classical music
Orchestra
2 May
Hear the Brandenburg Concertos, six Baroque masterpieces that need no introduction, at this concert

4 Jul

Classical music
Orchestra
4 Jul
Hear a concert of works by Bach and his contemporaries Rameau, JCF Fischer and Campra

Series discounts are available for a number of our selected Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment concerts, receiving between 15% - 25% discount depending on the number of concerts being booked. 

To receive your series discount, tickets to all the applicable concerts must be purchased in the same transaction - just add more events to your basket to get the discounts below.

  • Save 15%: Book 2 - 3 Concerts
  • Save 20%: Book 4 - 7 Concerts
  • Save 25%: Book 8+ Concerts

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