Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Composer

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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John Butt

Conductor

“What makes the OAE so special?” Principal artist John Butt tells us.

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Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Double Bass

Cecelia was always set on being a flautist when she was growing up, and at age 11 she was offered a place at the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Vladimir Jurowski

Conductor

‘They are an inspiration to me.’  Principal Artist Vladimir Jurowski tells us what makes the OAE so special.

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C.P.E Bach

Composer

His Times: Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach is the full name of the second surviving son of one of history’s most influential composers: Johannes Sebastian Bach

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Max Mandel

Viola

“One of the challenges of our art is that it happens over a given period of time and then disappears. That’s one of the reasons it’s so magical”

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Nicholas Ormrod

Percussion

The origins of Nick’s percussion career can be traced back to when he was just 8 years old and pestering his parents about his dream to be Ringo Starr.

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Robert Howarth

Keyboard

Rob was already studying piano at age 6 when he first encountered a harpsichord.

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Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 – 1799)

Composer

His Times: Owing to the Abolitionist Movement and the French Revolution, France in the late 18th century was not a particularly stable place to be living. This was however where Joseph Bologne (better known as Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges) plied his trade.

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Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

Composer

His Times: Mahler said, ‘I am hitting my head against the walls, but the walls are giving way,’ a quote that aptly captures the musical world that Mahler and his contemporaries were creating in 19th century Austria and-Germany.

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Claudio Monteverdi (1567 –1643)

Composer

His times: Monteverdi set in motion the development of what we’ve come to know as opera.

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Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Composer

His times: Schumann composed whilst the Romantic Movement was in full swing, when the popularity of virtuoso performers had become very widespread, and as a result much of his music requires a mastery of piano technique.

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Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)

Composer

His Times: One of the most notable students of the famous Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli found himself pumping out operas in 17th century Venice, responding to the rising popularity of the genre (thanks largely to Monteverdi himself) and the appearance of more and more public opera houses.

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Margaret Faultless

Violin

The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Composer

His times: In Beethoven’s late twenties, France overthrew its monarchy and a wave of rebellion spread through Europe. The composer, a devout Republican, was presented with an opportunity not only to change music, but to change the social standing of ‘the artist’. He did both: from the early 1800s, music would never be the same again, and historians increasingly concur that with Beethoven an era of the artist-hero was born that arguably still holds sway today.

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Dan Bates

Oboe

Dan was first invited to play with the OAE for a European tour with Simon Rattle performing Mozart Symphonies.

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Andrew Watts

Bassoon

Andy Watts began his music career playing medieval and renaissance instruments and clarinet at primary school in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, then took up the modern bassoon at the age of sixteen.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

composer

His times: In Bach’s Germany, music was centred on the church which was unfailingly where its finest practitioners were found.

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)  

composer

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.

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Anton Bruckner (1824 – 1896)

Composer

His Times: By the time Bruckner had moved to Vienna for a post at the University in about 1868, a fierce stylistic rivalry known as “The War of the Romantics” was going on.

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