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30 years of breaking the rules: 2015-2016 concerts announced

Thu Jan 22 2015

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Luise Buchberger OAE 2015-2016 Season

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…

During the season we’re joined by an incredible array of artists, including Principal Artists Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski and Sir Mark Elder as well as Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington. They are joined by guests including Marin Alsop, Rachel Podger, Ian Bostridge, András Schiff, Sarah Connolly and many more, including several OAE Principals, in a season which showcases our breadth of repertoire – an array of concerts which really says ‘this is OAE’.

We’ll be publishing full concert-by-concert details on 16 February when public booking opens. In the meantime here are some selected highlights:

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2015-2016 concerts at Southbank Centre.

  • Vladimir Jurowski conducts Mahler’s monumental Symphony No.2, Resurrection
  • Sir Simon Rattle leads us in Bruckner’s Symphony No.6
  • Sir Mark Elder conducts a performance of Weber’s Der Freischütz
  • Rachel Podger leads a programme of Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann which also showcases leaders Matthew Truscott, Kati Debretzeni and Margaret Faultless.
  • András Schiff joins us to conduct Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony and play and direct Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.
  • There’s more Schumann with Marin Alsop when she conducts his Symphony No.3 as part of Southbank Centre’s Altered Minds weekend.
  • Sir Roger Norrington re-joins us for a classical programme of Mozart and Beethoven
  • Period performance specialist John Butt directs an all-Bach programme.
  • We look to the future with a world premiere by the Bang-on-a-can ensemble’s Michael Gordon – a new Bassoon concerto written for Peter Whelan.
  • OAE Tots, The Night Shift (in what will be its 10th year) and The Works – details will be announced in due course


This year, due to the refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, some programmes will take place in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s Smith Square.

Public booking opens on 16 February but OAE Friends can book from Monday 26 January. Friends membership starts at £50 and you can join instantly online or by calling Holly Noon on 020 7239 9386 .
We do expect demand to be high for many events.

We can’t wait to start celebrating our 30th birthday with you!

If you’re not in London – rest assured, we will be appearing across the country and internationally as usual, with more details being posted in due course.

Lastly, you’ll note from the picture above the first look of our pictures for the new season – many more to come plus behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot, which this year took our ‘breaking the rules’ philosophy very literally!



  • some nice stuff but why celebrate your birthday with all that dire late romantic kitsch [Bruckner, Mahler]?

    Prof.D.Silverman Sat Jan 31 2015
  • In contrast to Professor Silverman, it is the “dire late romantic kitsch” of the Bruckner and Mahler that I am already booked for, and looking forward to hearing! Well done, OAE, cater for all tastes!

    Prof. Donovan Kelly Tue Feb 17 2015