What is enlightenment?

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What are Period Instruments?

What are Period Instruments?

Our double bass Cecelia Bruggemeyer explains what period instruments are and why we play on them.

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The fine line between Salvation and Damnation

The fine line between Salvation and Damnation

Our 2019-20 season at Southbank Centre is called Salvation and Damnation. To explore the theme, we looked at historical reviews 'damning' some of our favourite composers, and compared them with recent comments on our work today.

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Who we are

Who we are

Three decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born. On these pages we look at our story, our musicians and their instruments, where we play and more.

The Night Shift

Enjoy your Purcell with a pint at our first Night Shift of the season. Classical music minus the rules is back (Tuesday 29 October, 7.30pm) in trendy Peckham at the CLF Art Cafe.