Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Sun 14 Feb 2016

Royal Festival Hall, London

Compulsive Lyres and Fowl Play

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Haydn Symphony No. 83 in G minor, La Poule
Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp
Chevalier de Saint-Georges Overture L’Amant anonime
Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D

Sir Roger Norrington conductor
Lisa Beznosiuk flute
Frances Kelly harp

One of the key figures of the OAE’s history, Sir Roger Norrington, joins the our 30th birthday celebrations with a programme of Mozart and Beethoven.

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Thu 18 Feb 2016

Assembly Rooms, Bath

Bostridge sings Handel

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Telemann Suite in F for two horns and strings
Telemann Dass mein Erlöser lebt from Cantata TWV1:873
Telemann So stehet ein Berg Gottes from Der Tod Jesu
Handel Concerto Grosso in D minor Op. 3 No. 5
Handel Scherza infida from Ariodante
Handel Love sounds th’alarm from Acis and Galatea
Handel Silete Venti
Handel Selection from Water Music

Steven Devine director
Ian Bostridge tenor

Star tenor Ian Bostridge joins us to kick-start Bath’s Bachfest, with a Baroque programme almost operatic in scale.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)



His times: In Beethoven’s late twenties, France overthrew its monarchy and a wave of rebellion spread through Europe. The composer, a devout Republican, was presented with an opportunity not only to change music, but to change the social standing of ‘the artist’. He did both: from the early 1800s, music would never be the same again, and historians increasingly concur that with Beethoven an era of the artist-hero was born that arguably still holds sway today.

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Gavin Edwards



Gavin Edwards studied Horn with Anthony Chiddel and Classical horn with Anthony Halstead, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating he was appointed as principal horn of the Orchestre Sinfonica de Tenerife. On his return to England he joined the Hanover Band in their recordings of Beethoven’s, Schubert’s and Haydn’s symphonies. From here he started to work mainly in ensembles specializing in “period performance” principally with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and, of course, the OAE.

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30th Birthday OAE Tote Bag

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Specially produced for our forthcoming 30th Birthday Season, this heavy-duty OAE tote bag is perfect for transporting celebratory birthday champagne*.

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Ooh la la!

Fri 12 Feb 2016


Principal Flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, takes us through this Sunday’s concert:

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Frances Kelly and her 18th century, single action pedal harp.

Fri 12 Feb 2016


Frances Kelly takes us through some of the basics of her instrument which she will play in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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Speed interview, Marin Alsop

Mon 1 Feb 2016


We’re back with Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall on 6 February 2016. So we thought we’d put her through our speed interview again. 

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What’s this? Not more concerts?

Thu 28 Jan 2016


Yes, more concerts. A whole season’s worth.

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Welcome, William Christie

Wed 27 Jan 2016


It is with great, great pleasure that we can announce that our friend and expert in French Baroque, William Christie, will be officially joining us in the role of Emeritus Conductor.

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Schumann’s Violin Concerto

Mon 25 Jan 2016


A Ouija board, the Nazi party and Hungarian violinist Jelly D’Aranyi: Jessica Duchen, Laura Tunbridge and John MacAuslan discuss the rediscovery of Schumann’s violin concerto in the 1930s.

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Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)



His Times: Mahler said, ‘I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way,’ a quote that aptly captures the musical world that Mahler and his contemporaries were creating in 19th century Austria and-Germany.

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567 –1643)



His times: Monteverdi set in motion the development of what we’ve come to know as opera.

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Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)



His times: Schumann composed whilst the Romantic Movement was in full swing, when the popularity of virtuoso performers had become very widespread, and much of his music requires a mastery of piano technique.

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Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)



His Times: One of the most notable students of the famous Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli found himself pumping out operas in 17th century Venice, responding to the rising popularity of the genre (thanks largely to Monteverdi himself) and the appearance of more and more public opera houses.

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Watercycle – We’re going on the ferry!

Wed 23 Dec 2015


Our last Watercycle residency is on the horizon and after a series of workshops in Southampton primary, secondary and special needs schools during the Autumn Term we’ll be returning in late January to perform five concerts in two days with over 800 primary children, 30 secondary students from Southampton and the Isle of Wight and a group of special needs students.

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Hello, John Butt

Sun 13 Dec 2015


Introducing John Butt OBE, our newest Principal Artist.

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You’re not going home, are you?

Thu 10 Dec 2015

NYE video

Finishing around 8.30pm, our Kings Place concert is the perfect aperitif for a sophisticated New Year’s Eve in the heart of Kings Cross and Camden.

So, if you’re planning on sticking around after the chamber music and Viennese dances, here are our top local tips to keep you entertained to midnight and beyond.

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Become a Friend of the OAE

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Get to know us better by becoming an OAE Friend.  Your support will enable us to continue to promote a lively and varied programme of events and concerts over the season. As a Friend you will become more closely involved in the life of the Orchestra, including opportunities to meet OAE players and staff.

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Margaret Faultless



The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.

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