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Tue 1 Aug 2017

Royal Albert Hall

Proms 23: Israel in Egypt

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Handel Israel in Egypt

William Christie conductor
Christopher Lowrey counter-tenor
Ashley Riches bass
Dingle Yandell baritone
Callum Thorpe bass
Anna Devin soprano
Rowan Pierce soprano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Our first trip to the Proms in 2017 is filled with frogs, locusts, hailstones and rivers of blood, as we perform Israel in Egypt, one of Handel’s most extravagantly dramatic oratorios. Placing the chorus in the spotlight, Handel uses the collective voices to tell the story of an entire people, demanding greater virtuosity than ever before in some thrilling choral writing.

William Christie conducts in the launch of a series of Handel oratorios to be performed over the coming seasons at the Proms.

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Thu 17 Aug 2017

Heath Street Baptist Church

The Night Shift – Transfigured Night

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Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Take a trip to a darkened wood on a clear and moonlit night, for an adventure in music we’ve never dared play at The Night Shift before.

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Fri 18 Aug 2017

Kensington Palace

The Night Shift – From Baroque to Rock

The Night Shift
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Enjoy live music in the beautiful grounds of Kensington Palace at this outdoor summer event. For a special Royal Night Shift, we’re playing songs by one of The Night Shift’s favourite composers, George Frideric Handel, who wrote music for the Royal stars of the Palace’s Enlightened Princesses exhibition.

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)


His times: Handel’s Europe was ruled by what must have seemed like a clique of wealthy cronies, especially as the composer’s one-time boss the Elector of Hanover later became his new boss as King of England. It was to this land that Handel committed the greatest part of his life, settling here in 1712 and taking English citizenship in 1727.

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Wed 26 Jul 2017


La clemenza di Tito

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Mozart La clemenza di Tito

Mozart’s last opera makes a rare appearance at Glyndebourne this summer. 

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Take a peek at our 2017-18 brochure

Tue 18 Jul 2017

It’s high summer. You might think it’s a quiet time for an orchestra. But not for us. Amidst our Glyndebourne, BBC Proms and The Night Shift performances, it’s also when we like to reveal our ‘look’ for our forthcoming Southbank Centre season.

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Bach goes to Paris programme

Fri 30 Jun 2017

Here’s the programme for our Bach goes to Paris concert on Tuesday 4 July at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

If you can’t see anything below, click here.


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Introducing our Night Shift summer festival

Tue 27 Jun 2017

What’s this? Three Night Shifts on three long hot summer nights?

Yes that’s right. This August we’re having a mini-Night Shift festival, with three different gigs at three different venues. Summer Night (Shifts) if you like.

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Calling oboe and bassoon players of all standards

Thu 15 Jun 2017

oboe and bassoon

Calling all oboe and bassoon players! Join us for a unique opportunity to perform Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks with a specially-created massed wind ensemble.

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All Words for Forgiveness

Wed 14 Jun 2017

writing competition

Hi there authors, poets and playwrights. We want you to enter a writing competition on the theme of forgiveness to accompany The Judas Passion, a new piece of classical music by composer Sally Beamish and British poet, David Harsent.

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Introducing the Baroque Violin

Mon 5 Jun 2017

‘The gut strings make a more gutsy sound’

If you think a violin from the 18th Century is the same as one made yesterday, think again…

Violinist Huw Daniel reveals the differences between the baroque instrument and the modern one.

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Bach Goes to Prague

Wed 31 May 2017

This week Emily and Alex from our Development team took a bunch of OAE Patrons, some of the Orchestra’s most loyal supporters, to Prague. They discovered castles, stag dos, and a little bit of Bach. Emily tells the story:

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Introducing the Baroque Oboe

Fri 19 May 2017

‘The lack of keys on this instrument should never be seen as a disadvantage.’

Our Co-Principal Oboe Katharina Spreckelsen on why the quirks of the Baroque oboe make it so exciting.

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Introducing the Baroque Flute

Fri 12 May 2017

“The wood makes the sound gentler and more… woody”

Meet the flute that our principal Lisa Beznosiuk uses for playing Bach, Handel, Rameau and people like that.

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Introducing the Baroque Trumpet

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s much longer and doesn’t have any valves whatsoever.’

OAE Principal Trumpet David Blackadder introduces the Baroque trumpet, including the instrument Bach only ever wrote one piece for.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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The Brandenburgs playlist

Mon 1 May 2017

Our landmark recording of the Brandenburg Concertos from 1987–88.

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The Brandenburgs programme

Fri 28 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our concert, The Brandenburgs, on Tuesday 2 May at St John’s Smith Square. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Faust and the Mozart Concertos programme

Wed 12 Apr 2017

Here’s the programme for our Faust and the Mozart Concertos concert on Tuesday 18 April at the Royal Festival Hall. You can also pick up a physical copy free of charge on the night itself.

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MUSICAL LANDSCAPES – view from the keyboard, Pt 2

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Part 2 of Steven Devine’s blog from our Musical Landscapes education tour, starting in Durham.

Friday 3 March 2017

Early breakfast and back to Durham Johnston school for the first concert.  This featured students from Durham Johnston and nearby St Leonards alongside the OAE.  One of the highlights of the concerts on this day was a film that the OAE visual guru, Zen Grisdale, had put together of landmarks in the area – High Force waterfall to Durham city centre and much in between.  I’m having to rely on what people told me about this as I was sat under the screen playing every time it was shown so I never actually saw it!  The soundtrack, played live by students and us, was written by the GCSE students from the two schools and scored for OAE and them by James.  A really interesting collaboration and great music to play.

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