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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016


Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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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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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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Current Distractions

Fri 10 Jul 2015


Our increasingly irregular arts blog, Current Distractions, is back. This week I’m looking at expressing disapproval, arts and politics in the news, classical CD Sales (or lack of), movers and shakers and lastly, graffiti wars.

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Hot, sweaty and boozy. What happened when the OAE went clubbing?

Fri 19 Dec 2014


A month or so ago we took our late night series, The Night Shift, out clubbing, with a visit to the Vauxhall institution that is Duckie

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The OAE goes clubbing…

Wed 12 Nov 2014


This Saturday we’ll be doing something just a little different with our late night series The Night Shift, and popping up at the legendary Vauxhall club Duckie.

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True Sound, True Music – a new year of OAE concerts ahead

Wed 8 Oct 2014


A new season of OAE concerts starts on 9 October, with concerts at Southbank Centre and elsewhere running through until May next year. You can get a little taste of what’s to come on our 100 second new season trailer, filmed in a low-fi ‘activist’ style to match our brochure and images this year.

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Current Distractions

Thu 3 Oct 2013


I’ve decided to theme this week’s Current Distractions arts blog around that old journalistic favourite: Going Up / Going Down.

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Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks: Shock and Awe

Mon 16 Sep 2013

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George Frideric Handel is best known for restoring English music to its’ highly respected and acclaimed position, following years of compositional drought after the death of Purcell in 1695. He wrote music that was especially melodic and cosmopolitan in approach.

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Preview the year of music coming up…

Sat 7 Sep 2013


Get a taste of what we have in store for you over the year ahead with our just-released 2013-2014 trailer. In it we look back at highlights from the last 12 months and give you a taste of some of the most exciting treats we have in store for you.

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The Night Shift Pub Tour: Starts Monday

Wed 4 Sep 2013


Our late night series, The Night Shift is off on a pub crawl, starting Monday…

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Ceri Jones: 10 years and 1000 concerts

Fri 16 Aug 2013

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Our Projects Director, Ceri Jones, is leaving the OAE for new adventures today (insert very sad expressions from the office team). Here’s a little last blog from her, with some of her highlights from her time with us. Ceri – you will be much missed!

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Farewell from Emily

Mon 5 Aug 2013

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Sadly, it’s time to say goodbye. After 3 awesome months as the Development Trainee, I am off to pastures new, aka working for a Circus.

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Back in the boozer

Wed 24 Jul 2013


As many of you know, running alongside our ‘regular’ concerts we have a now well-established late-night series, The Night Shift. Now running for 7 years, the series presents our music in a relaxed late-night setting where many of the usual conventions of concert-going are suspended.

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The OAE in 60 seconds (or just over…)

Wed 5 Jun 2013


We’ve managed to cram footage from all the myriad of activities we get up to here at the OAE, into the time it takes a second hand to do a full revolution… …from our regular Southbank concerts to our Education projects to our late night The Night Shift events and more, it’s all here.

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New season brochure 2013-2014

Fri 17 May 2013


The time has come to unveil our new season brochure.This year we went for a purely visual approach, developed with our designers Harrison and Co and photographer Eric Richmond, which has a slight retro feel, using geometric shapes combined with a simple two tone palette.

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Speed Interview – Kati Debretzeni

Thu 31 Jan 2013


In the lead up to V4: The Seasons, we spoke with lead violinist Kati Debretzeni about her fears, her heroes and the challenges of combining period music with contemporary dance.

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Speed Interview – Rhiannon Morgan

Tue 29 Jan 2013


V4: The Seasons will see the OAE in a unique event that mixes period performance with the contemporary choreography of Henri Oguike.  We met up with dancer Rhiannon Morgan at rehearsals to find out more about how she got in to dance.

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Current Distractions

Thu 15 Nov 2012


As the last greying pumpkin remains rotting on doorsteps and the firework-burnt lawns of England begin to freeze over, we enter the pre-Christmas limbo period, also known as boredom.  So this week, I, Nancy Cole, am charged with the role of distracting you from the soaring heating bills with a collection of cheerful goings on in the world outside: it’s a nice place really.

Hollywood Costume

The V and A have awakened everyone’s movie curiosity by exhibiting some of the most iconic costumes every created.  From the action of Gladiator, the ‘marvel’ of Spiderman and even the glamour of Atonement and that green dress… This exhibition includes over 100 of the most unforgettable film characters from a century of Hollywood filmmaking and there’s even the chance to see the very shoes worn by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.


Tis’ the season for facial hair and I’m sure you’ve spotted many suspect tashes circulating the streets. Here’s a glimpse at the most influential and awe inspiring creations to give you and me some inspiration.

Mine Sweeper

This mini-documentary gives a portrait of Afghan designer Massoud Hassani and his incredible Mine Kafon.  During the shooting of the film it was proven that the prototypes work, now Hassani is in the process of finding collaborative partners – technical companies, fundings and governments – to put these life saving deminers into production.  Watch the video to find out exactly how it works.

Pigeon Detectives

Next time you see a pigeon, refrain from the usual cries of disgust and have a closer look…

Whilst rediscovering some post war diaries, historians discovered that British secret services debated the idea of “radio-controlled pigeons“.  Plans were also being made to train pigeons to carry ‘explosives to fly into enemy searchlights.’ Maybe one day?

Nancy Cole, Graduate Intern

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