The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s homage to Ridley Scott’s classic Hovis advert, featuring horn player Roger Montgomery.Read More
Adam Fischer in rehearsal with the OAE, and talking about why he enjoys playing the music of Dvořák with us.
Hear the performance live at London Royal Festival Hall 4 March more info/ticketsRead More
On Saturday 21 February the OAE Education team was back in the Purcell Room for its second set of OAE TOTS concerts of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened.Read More
His times: Beethoven might have died six years before Brahms was born, but in a musical sense the former composer still dominated the landscape of the German-speaking world and beyond – and got inside Brahms’s head to quite a remarkable degree.Read More
His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.Read More
With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.Read More
Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.Read More
The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.Read More
The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.Read More
His Times Mysliveček followed the standard 18th-century route into composing, starting in the church and ending in the theatre. This was a time when composers were itinerant and needed aristocratic patronage: Mysliveček got support from Count Vincenz von Waldstein and traveled to Rome in 1763 to learn his operatic craft with his schooling as a church violinist (and his previous life as an apprentice miller) behind him.Read More
We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).
The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.Read More
Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.Read More
The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.Read More
Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.Read More
This morning at Southbank Centre we launched our 2015-2016 season of concerts to the press – a year which marks our 30th Birthday. As you’d expect we have some pretty special events lined up for you…Read More
His times: Russia and Russian music were alive with nationalism in the mid 1800s when Tchaikovsky was born in a small town in present-day Udmurtia. But while Tchaikovsky’s music irrefutably grew from Russian soil – and often sounds like it too – the composer wasn’t interested in traditional notions of musical nationalism.Read More
Mussorgsky himself never heard his original Boris Godunov on the instruments for which it was intended.
Here conductor Vladimir Jurowski talks about playing the opera on original instruments. Hear it live at the Royal Festival Hall on 15 January.
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The newest CD on our OAE Released label features the music of CPE Bach – a trailblazer, whose music is bright and effervescent. Music that constantly shifts, wrong-footing the listener when they least expect it with wild changes of colour and direction.Read More
This Thursday, we perform scenes from the original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. Falling foul of censors at the Imperial Theatres (primarily, it appears, for its lack of a leading female role), this version did not receive its world premier until 1928.Read More