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30th Birthday OAE Tote Bag

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Specially produced for our forthcoming 30th Birthday Season, this heavy-duty OAE tote bag is perfect for transporting celebratory birthday champagne*.

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Sat 10 Oct 2015

St Botolph's Church, Trunch

The Bohemians

Antony Pay
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Mozart Serenade in B flat K361 (Gran Partita)
Mysliveček Wind Octet No. 2
Mozart Selection from Don Giovanni

Following the success in our of Flying the Flag season last year, wind soloists of the OAE are taking to the stage at St Botolph’s Church in Norfolk. Here you’ll have the chance to enjoy the distinctive sonorities and colours of our period wind instruments.

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Sat 10 Oct 2015

Kings Place

Cartoon and art family day

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We are teaming up with the Guardian Education Centre and Kings Place Music Foundation to bring you a day of interactive fun for all the family.

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Rameau Anacréon (1754)


On the surface it’s a charming tale of young love. But hidden beneath the love-triangle plot lie subversive messages that Dan Brown would be proud of. What can it all mean? And will love prevail?

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The pick of the season: OAE Staff

Thu 1 Oct 2015


With our 2015-2016 Birthday concert season almost upon us, we asked OAE staff to tell us about what concerts they are looking forward to most:

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Late nights and difficult glockenspiels. The OAE in Bucharest.

Wed 30 Sep 2015


Earlier this week cellist Josh Salter blogged about our trip to Eisenstadt. What his blog didn’t tell you however is that for some musicians our hectic schedule meant landing from Austria and going straight into rehearsal for our next tour – to Bucharest.

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Cellist Josh Salter joins the OAE on tour to Eisenstadt, Austria

Mon 28 Sep 2015


I recently had the great pleasure of joining the OAE on a little tour to Eisenstadt, Austria, playing a little bit of Schubert and lots of Haydn in the Esterhazy Palace where he worked. It was my first international tour, and my first freelance work with the OAE, having been a member of the Ann and Peter Law Experience Scheme this year.

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OAE announced as Duckie Resident Orchestra

Mon 21 Sep 2015

OAE Duckie

Orchestras like to have a home base. And they preferably like it to be pretty prestigious. Even glitzy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is no exception.

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OAE badge set

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Set of three OAE pin badges – 2014–2015’s OAE ‘anarchy roundel’, goatee’d Beethoven and bespectacled Mozart.

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Body percussion to Handel – Watercycle in film: Part Two

Mon 24 Aug 2015

Watercycle Part 2

In the second film from our Watercycle residency in Brighton we look at our work with local primary schools, where our fundraising efforts for Wateraid have been incorporated into the music making.

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Pre-concert talk: The origins of Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Wed 19 Aug 2015

Preconcert talk on Dvořák’s New World Symphony

Another one from the vaults: A pre-concert talk from March earlier this year when we performed two much-loved pieces in the classical repertoire – Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Brahm’s Violin Concerto.  

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Pre-Concert talk: Vladimir Jurowski talks about Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky

Thu 13 Aug 2015

Vladimir Jurowski

It has to be admitted we’re very bad at posting our archived pre-concert talks! We promise to be better in future.

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“Our most spontaneous audience” Watercycle in film: Part One

Tue 11 Aug 2015


We’re mid-way through our most ambitious education project to date, Watercycle – visiting 9 towns and cities across England and reaching more than 10,000 young people. So, a good moment to take stock and see what’s been happening to date.

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Behind the scenes at our Birthday photoshoot.

Fri 7 Aug 2015


A little glimpse behind the scenes as we shot the pictures for our recently released 2015-2016 concerts brochure.

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2015-2016 OAE Brochure online

Thu 6 Aug 2015

Phillip Bainbridge

Our 2015-2016 Southank Brochure now exists in virtual form for you to browse, and includes all events in our 30th Birthday  Southbank Centre season including newly announced OAE TOTS and Insight Morning events.

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New events now on sale

Wed 5 Aug 2015

Debbie Diamond

We’ve just announced some new events as part of our 2015-2016 Birthday Season, details below, plus details of a new Night Shift event and other recently-announced concerts outside of our main season:

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The OAE goes clubbing. Again.

Fri 24 Jul 2015


Back in November last year we took our late-night series The Night Shift, clubbing, appearing at the legendary Vauxhall institution that is Duckie. This September we’re doing it all over again. 

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Heatwave Playlist

Wed 1 Jul 2015

Dog cooling down

To mark the hottest day of the year so far we asked around the OAE office for everyone’s top heatwave tracks – music to celebrate summer and to chill out to. And here are the results.

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Pre-concert talk: Stevie Wishart

Tue 16 Jun 2015


Susannah Simons talks to composer Stevie Wishart about her new commission for the OAE entitled ‘Rough with the smooth: Concerto à Double Entendre’. We performed the piece on 12 May at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. 

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Canada bound: William Norris to leave the OAE

Thu 11 Jun 2015

William Norris (c) Joe Plommer

After ten and a half years at the OAE, William Norris, Communications and Creative Programming Director, is moving on to pastures new. Pastures quite far away, in fact.

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