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BBC Proms

Thu 23 Apr 2015


The sun is shining and that means – for us at least – three things are crawling out from their winter hibernation: opera festivals, the Proms and ice-cream van drivers.

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Pre-concert talk: Beyond Beethoven

Mon 13 Apr 2015


Way back in October 2014 we performed works by Berlioz, Beethoven and George Onslow. This Royal Philharmonic Society pre-concert talk, entitled Beyond Beethoven, looks at whether music history is unjustly dominated by the greats by focusing on lesser-known composers of the Classical period.  

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Pre-concert talk: performing the St Matthew Passion without a conductor

Wed 8 Apr 2015


If you were at one of our recent performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion you will have noted the absence of a usually ubiquitous figure – the conductor.

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Through the grapevine: St Matthew Passion

Tue 7 Apr 2015


Pats on backs all round for last week’s St Matthew Passion in London.

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The wolves and the bees

Fri 27 Mar 2015


Last week was green week here at the OAE (and our green neighbours, the London Sinfonietta). Through our ‘green bake sale’, we managed to raise a little bit of cash to put towards a green cause.

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Speed Interview: Robin Blaze

Fri 27 Mar 2015

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In the run-up to our St Matthew Passion concert, we interview counter-tenor Robin Blaze.

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OAE TOTS: What we played

Mon 23 Mar 2015


We recently performed Pitter Patter Raindrops, the latest incarnation of our OAE TOTs concerts at Southbank Centre and The Anvil, Basingstoke. To those that came: thank you. We had great fun and hope you did too.

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Green Week

Fri 20 Mar 2015

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As you may or may not know, OAE is committed to environmental sustainability. We are so committed, in fact, that we are spending the whole week celebrating it alongside our office neighbours, the London Sinfonietta. Yes, that’s right: it’s Green Week.

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Monteverdi Vespers (2CD)

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Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is one of the towering musical achievements of the 17th century. A fascinating and rewarding musical experience, it is deeply spiritual, yet extraordinarily theatrical.

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Bach: Maybe not such a misery after all

Thu 19 Mar 2015


When asked to name their ideal dinner party guests, who would really say JS Bach?

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Operamaniac: The Baltic States

Mon 16 Mar 2015


Call me a nerd but when I travel I like to explore the region’s musical tradition and culture. For me, tourism not only includes checking in (and selfies) at famous spots but also attending concerts and festivals.

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Congratulations Sir Simon

Fri 6 Mar 2015


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment would like to congratulate the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle on his appointment as Music Director. 

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Not all offices are the same

Thu 5 Mar 2015

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Not all offices are the same. I can say that for certain right now, because I’ve just started working in an office which is most definitely not like any of the offices I’ve ever worked in before.

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Recommended: Best of Both, 4 March

Wed 4 Mar 2015


Ahead of our concert tonight, violinist Claire Holden makes some suggestions of what to read and listen to.

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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Dvořák

Wed 4 Mar 2015

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To celebrate the latest in our Flying the Flag series, we thought we would let you know a few facts about the man of the hour, Antonín Dvořák.

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Best of Both / The Classic Hovis Advert

Tue 3 Mar 2015


The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s homage to Ridley Scott’s classic Hovis advert, featuring horn player Roger Montgomery.

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Adam Fischer on Dvořák and period instruments

Mon 2 Mar 2015


Adam Fischer in rehearsal with the OAE, and talking about why he enjoys playing the music of Dvořák with us.

Hear the performance live at London Royal Festival Hall 4 March more info/tickets

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A Concert for all Weathers: ‘Pitter Patter Raindrops’ at Purcell Room

Fri 27 Feb 2015

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On Saturday 21 February the OAE Education team was back in the Purcell Room for its second set of OAE TOTS concerts of the season, Pitter Patter Raindrops. Quite suitable, considering the weather that day! So put your wellies on, open your umbrellas and have a look at what happened.

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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)  


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Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)


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His times: Now it’s the Czech Republic; in Dvořák’s time it was Bohemia – an Austrian crown land that was effectively more ‘European’ in a musical sense than it was Slavic.

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