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Thu 3 Oct 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Mendelssohn Elijah

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Christian Immler baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Mendelssohn’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

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Sun 21 Jul 2019


Die Zauberflöte

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Mozart Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

Antonello Manacorda conductor
Barbe & Doucet direction and design
David Portillo Tamino
Björn Bürger Papageno
Sofia Fomina Pamina
Brindley Sherratt Sarastro
Caroline Wettergreen Queen of the Night
Jörg Schneider Monostatos
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Mozart’s most magical comedy returns to Glyndebourne for the first time in over a decade in a brand-new production by Barbe & Doucet.

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Music and deafness

Thu 4 Jul 2019

On Friday 28 May 2019, we teamed up with The Bach Choir to put on a signed performance of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. We spoke to Rufus Stilgoe, a singer in the bass section of the choir and a member of the creative committee, about how it was using sign language for this production.

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Bach, the Universe and Everything – new season on sale now

Fri 14 Jun 2019

We’ve been to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and looked inside the smallest atom.

But this year our Bach, the Universe and Everything series is going on an even greater adventure – looking inside you.

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Further reading: Julia Kuhn

Fri 31 May 2019

For every concert in our Southbank Centre series, we ask one of our players to write a little note for audience members to read as they leave the concert hall.

Here’s what our violinist Julia Kuhn wrote about our States of Independence concert on Friday 31 May 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.

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How Finnish is Sibelius’ music?

Wed 29 May 2019

Before our concert this week, we spoke to Margaret Faultless, one of our three leaders, about Sibelius’ ‘Finnish-ness’ in his writing. Here’s what she had to say:

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Thierry Fischer replaces Vladimir Jurowski

Tue 28 May 2019

Sadly, our Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski has had to withdraw from this week’s concerts in Valencia, Madrid and at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, London, due to illness.

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‘5 ways to live the good life’, with Edward Elgar

Thu 23 May 2019

If the famous English composer Edward Elgar had decided to take a back-seat in the music world, we think he could’ve written a very popular self-help book.

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John Blow (1649-1708)

Mon 20 May 2019

John Blow/ The Man

Famous for teaching Purcell, being James II’s private musician and for landing his very first job as organist at Westminster Abbey, John Blow was born into humble origins in Nottingham in 1649.

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Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

Mon 20 May 2019

Purcell / The Man

Henry Purcell is often hailed as England’s greatest composer. Ever.

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5 Things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry Purcell

Mon 20 May 2019

The Night Shift

In honour of our upcoming concert with world-renowned tenor Ian Bostridge in Chelmsford, we present you with some little known facts about the composer and the future musicians he inspired.

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I know what you did last Summer…

Fri 17 May 2019

Richard Strauss had only just turned 18 when he composed his Violin Concerto during his school summer holidays.

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Exploring our SEN operas

Wed 15 May 2019

OAE Education reaches out much further than the concert hall.

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Bach: Toutes Suites programme

Mon 13 May 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Bach: Toutes Suites at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 14 May 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Toutes Suites NOT Toots Sweets

Thu 9 May 2019

Can you play Toutes Suites on a Toot Sweet? We asked our Principal flute, Lisa Beznosiuk, to give it a go.

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I’ve heard that before!

Thu 2 May 2019

It appears as though Bach’s Orchestral Suites aren’t only popular in the concert hall.

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Entering a World of Magic

Thu 25 Apr 2019

I was lucky on my very first day of work at the OAE to go on a ‘field-trip’ to watch a TOTS rehearsal for a brilliantly adapted production of The Magic Flute.

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Getting to grips with G&S

Tue 16 Apr 2019

This week’s Trial by Jury is our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s not something period instrument orchestras such as ourselves are really known for doing. So how did we approach it? Leader Margaret Faultless discusses her meeting with conductor John Wilson.

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Trial by Jury programme

Mon 15 Apr 2019

Here’s the concert programme for Trial by Jury at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, on Thursday 18 April 2019. You can also pick up a hard copy free of charge on the night itself.

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Haute Savoy! Six essential Gilbert and Sullivan facts

Mon 15 Apr 2019

This week it’s Trial by Jury, our first ever concert of music by Gilbert and Sullivan, the prolific Victorian-era standard bearers of English comic opera.

Are new to ‘G&S’? Then here are 6 essential facts about the wonderful world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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