Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Tue 11 Dec 2012

Royal Festival Hall, London


Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£60

Info: Booking fee applies

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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Today, we often take it for granted that musicians perform classical music from all ages – from Monteverdi right up to the present day, but that wasn’t always the case.  In the past, music was much more disposable (dare we say it, a little like some of today’s pop music); things were performed, became briefly popular and then disappeared. However, London became one of the first places to look back at the history of music, when Handel’s glorious Messiah was revived in 1784, ensuring the work its legendary, iconic status.

Handel Messiah

Julia Doyle
Tim Mead counter-tenor
John Mark Ainsley tenor
Matthew Brook

Robert Howarth director
Choir of the Enlightenment

OAE Extras at 5.45pm
Royal Festival Hall auditorium. Free.

A short performance by young musicians from the Ann & Peter Law OAE Experience scheme.

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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  • Am I being entirely fair? For the past ten years or so I have been to St John’s Smith Square and the performance has been superb, this year I tried RFH and the performance was mediocre at best; possibly the worst professional Messiah I have ever seen. Although I enjoyed the evening the tenor was atrocious, the soprano was OK when she warmed up (More Tosca than Messiah), the countertenor seemed flat, but I did like the bass which I often consider not to have enough oomph! and the conductor didn’t turn round to indicate for the audience to stand for the Hallelujah Chorus.

    Richard Thompson Wed Dec 12 2012
  • Thanks for your comments Richard. What did other people think of the performance? Let us know here.

    oae Fri Dec 14 2012