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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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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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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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30 Years of Breaking the Rules

Thu 19 Feb 2015


With our 30th birthday season now on sale, have a look at what the season’s curators have to say for themselves and hear Principal Artists Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowksi explain their concerts.

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30th Birthday 2015-2016 concerts now on sale

Mon 16 Feb 2015

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Our 30th Birthday seasons of concerts, 2015-2016 is now on public sale.

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The OAE Academy

Fri 13 Feb 2015


The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme enables exceptionally gifted period instrument players to work alongside the Orchestra and receive ongoing mentoring from our players.

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7 Examples of Bohemianism

Fri 6 Feb 2015


The OAE performs an all-wind programme, ‘The Bohemians’, tonight at The Anvil, Basingstoke. The word Bohemian has quite a history.

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Flying the Flag: The Bohemians – Myslivecek

Thu 5 Feb 2015


OAE musicians talk about the little known composer Myslivecek and his music.

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Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781)


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His Times Mysliveček followed the standard 18th-century route into composing, starting in the church and ending in the theatre. This was a time when composers were itinerant and needed aristocratic patronage: Mysliveček got support from Count Vincenz von Waldstein and traveled to Rome in 1763 to learn his operatic craft with his schooling as a church violinist (and his previous life as an apprentice miller) behind him.

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Playlist: The Bohemians

Mon 2 Feb 2015


We perform our all-wind programme in London on Thursday 5 February (book tickets/more info).

The only way to experience it is to actually be there. But until then check out some other ensembles’ interpretations in our playlist below.

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The Afflicted

Fri 30 Jan 2015


Musicians suffer just like the rest of us – from colds to chronic conditions, they catch it all.

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The clarinet was a relatively late developer compared to many orchestral instruments.

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Martin Lawrence



Martin Lawrence has been the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s second horn since 1995.

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

Thu 22 Jan 2015

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…

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