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.
25 Sep 2017
18 Oct 2017
27 Nov 2017
4 Feb 2018
27 Feb 2018
26 Mar 2018
11 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
26 Jun 2018
4 Jul 2018
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