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Tue 27 Sep 2016

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – September 2016

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This one is classic Night Shift – a string trio playing Baroque bits and pieces by people like Purcell and Gabrielli. 

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Mon 3 Oct 2016

Kings Place

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

James Burton
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Harris Faire is the Heaven
Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi
Walton Set me as a seal
Sandstrom 4 Songs of Love
Lassus Veni, dilecte mi
MacMillan O bone Jesu
Barber The voice of my beloved; By night; Love is as strong as death
Bairstow I sat down under his shadow
Stanford Beati quorum via
Harris Bring us, O Lord God
Victoria Vidi speciosam

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
James Burton conductor

A diverse programme of a cappella choral music based on the theme of love makes up the first concert our partner Choir will perform in its own right.

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Sun 30 Oct 2016

St John's Smith Square

Bach: A Family Affair

Kati Debretzeni
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CPE Bach Sinfonia in C major
JS Bach Harpsichord Concerto in D minor
JCF Bach Sinfonia in D minor
WF Bach Harpsichord Concerto in F minor
CPE Bach Sinfonia in B minor

Ottavio Dantone director/ harpsichord

A father and his three musical sons. Meet the incredible Bach family at this concert.

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Timpani are a type of drum and are therefore part of the percussion family.

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016


Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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‘A new golden age in English choral music’

Mon 19 Sep 2016

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

The Choir of the Age of Enlightenment performs its first solo a capella concert.

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Vibrato with Julia Kuhn

Mon 5 Sep 2016


Go and see a modern orchestra and you’ll notice they’re all using vibrato. Go and see the OAE and things might not be quite the same. Why use vibrato? And why do we only use it sometimes?

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Hayley’s tour diary, pt 2

Thu 28 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme bassoonist Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Hayley’s tour diary pt 1

Tue 26 Jul 2016

Tour diary Ryedale Festival

OAE Experience bassoon Hayley Pullen writes about her adventures at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire.

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Tue 26 July – The Night Shift live on YouTube

Mon 25 Jul 2016


Our rule-breaking, late-night series, The Night Shift, is going online:

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Explaining pitch

Mon 18 Jul 2016


Watch does pitch mean to a period instrument player? And do you really have to carry more than one instrument around? 

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Back on the road

Mon 11 Jul 2016

Lowestoft care home

We’re very pleased that, with help from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, we’re going back on tour in England in 2017 with a new series called Musical Landscapes.

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Adrian Bending on his Schnellar Timpani

Mon 11 Jul 2016


“It’s a bit like driving on the left – doing the same thing but in a different way”. Our Principal Timpanist Adrian Bending shows us his new set of drums, the Schnellar Timpani.

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John Elliot introduces a rarely seen instrument – the Ophicleide, and talks about its role in Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.

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With its very long neck and large size, the theorbo is easy to spot in any ensemble.

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John Butt



“What makes the OAE so special?” Principal artist John Butt tells us.

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Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Double Bass


Cecelia was always set on being a flautist when she was growing up, and at age 11 she was offered a place at the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Introducing Turning Points

Wed 29 Jun 2016


We’re an orchestra, so we love concerts. But because the traditional concert format is great for some people and not for others, we often ask ourselves the question, “how could concerts be different?” Ten years ago, we looked at the informal ways people used to listen to classical music and created The Night Shift, our rule-breaking late night format.

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Watercycle – the charity single

Tue 21 Jun 2016


We’ve just released what we think may be the world’s first charity single recorded on 17th century instruments.

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Our brochure for the 2016/17 season

Thu 9 Jun 2016

Katharine Spreckelsen

If you want info on all the concerts in our 2016-17 Southbank Centre residency in one handy place, we’ve just published our new brochure for next season.

Highlights include the return of Isabelle Faust to perform two of Mozart’s violin concertos, and international opera star Sarah Connolly tackling Berlioz’s dramatic song cycle, Les Nuits d’été. And we’re staging Bach’s mighty Christmas Oratorio over two nights at Cadogan Hall, performing for the first time with renowned Bach specialist Masaaki Suzuki.

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