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Thu 25 Oct 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Apollo and Daphne

Apollo e Dafne
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Handel Suite from The Alchemist
Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op 3 no. 9
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4
Handel Apollo e Dafne

Jonathan Cohen conductor
Katherine Watson soprano
James Newby baritone

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, he showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

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Tue 30 Oct 2018

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Whitechapel

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As the nights draw in, join us for a rather special Night Shift in a legendary east-end boozer. This time, we’re bringing Harry and Meghan’s favourite trumpeter, David Blackadder, for a raucous evening of Handel and Purcell.

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Sat 10 Nov 2018

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Brahms: A German Requiem

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Sun 11 Nov 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms: A German Requiem

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop Conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Fri 26 Oct 2018

Zuiderstrandtheater

Apollo and Daphne

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Handel Suite from  The Alchemist 
Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op 3 no. 9
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4
Handel  Apollo e Dafne 

Jonathan Cohen conductor
Katherine Watson soprano
James Newby baritone

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, he showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

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Thu 25 Oct 2018

Thailand Cultural Center

Toyota Classics

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Steven Devine director/ harpsichord
Charlotte Beament soprano
Daniel Edgar violin
Kinga Ujszászi violin

Our extensive tour of South East Asia continues in Bangkok.

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Composers and space

Thu 18 Oct 2018

“For the same reason we are bound to believe that, as neither the beautiful neither the ugly is universal,” claimed the French composer Hector Berlioz in 1844. “Certain operas, which are every day represented and applauded (on Earth), will be hissed off the stage on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus.”

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We’re off to Asia

Wed 17 Oct 2018

Today members of the Orchestra are flying out to Singapore for a seven date tour of South East Asia, including our first ever concerts in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei. We’ll also be returning to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we played with Iván Fischer and Steven Isserlis in 2006.

It’s all part of Toyota Classics, an annual classical music tour Toyota has promoted since 1990 to support charities across Asia.

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OAE’s Golden Record

Mon 1 Oct 2018

Voyager spacecraft

Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.

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What is Chamber Music?

Wed 19 Sep 2018

The term ‘chamber’ is often used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestra. But what does ‘chamber music’ really mean? And where did it come from?
Our Chief Executive Crispin Woodhead explains.

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Introducing Beethoven’s Contrabassoon

Wed 22 Aug 2018

What is this big beast of the orchestra, and where did it come from?

David Chatterton introduces the contrabassoon as heard in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Haydn’s Creation.

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Introducing the Baroque Double Bass

Fri 10 Aug 2018

‘A whole hillside of sheep goes into making the bottom string’.

Cecelia Bruggemeyer, our long-time double bass player, introduces its baroque ancestor.

NB

Violone: literally ‘big viol’ ; a general term used to refer to baroque bass instruments of various sizes and tunings

Bass:
1. a general word for a non-specified bass instrument or bass line
2. shorthand for double bass

Double-bass (Eng.), Contrebasse (Fr.): a bass stringed instrument that sounds an octave lower than the written pitch

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Bach, the Universe & Everything: Meet the Scientists

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Meet the Scientists

Get to know the speakers, scientists and thinkers who’ll be exploring all things extraterrestrial in the next season of Bach, the Universe & Everything. 

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Introducing Mozart’s Fortepiano

Thu 19 Jul 2018

“It really changes the way we think about the music”.

Our Co-Principal Keyboard, Steven Devine, introduces the predecessor of the modern piano, the fortepiano.

It’s the type of instrument Haydn, Mozart and the young Beethoven would have known and composed for.

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Applications for the 2019 OAE Experience Scheme are now open

Mon 16 Jul 2018

OAE Experience

The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience gives gifted period instrument players the chance to work alongside OAE players. The year-long scheme is aimed at players nearing the end of their studies, to help bridge the gap between conservatoire education and a professional career.

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Bach, the Universe & Everything returns

Tue 10 Jul 2018

We’re extremely excited to announce all the dates in our next series of Bach, the Universe & Everything, at Kings Place in partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Why is it called the Surprise Symphony? The secret of Haydn’s success

Mon 9 Jul 2018

Haydn’s Surprise Symphony isn’t just one dramatic moment. Our Chief Executive Crispin explains why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’.

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Enjoyed our Schiff’s Surprise concert? Here’s some advice…

Wed 4 Jul 2018

Here’s Max Mandel, our co-principal viola, on what you should track down next…

I hate having to defend Joseph Haydn, but it’s a position I find myself in quite often. A colleague of mine asked me in front of a pianist friend to choose, gun to my head, between the string quartets of Haydn and the string quartets of Mozart. I didn’t hesitate for a second with my answer: Haydn.

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Schiff’s Surprise Programme

Tue 3 Jul 2018

Here’s the programme for our Schiff’s Surprise concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 4 July 2018. You can pick up a hard copy for free on the night.

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Sir András Schiff is our new Principal Artist

Fri 29 Jun 2018

We’re thrilled to announce the distinguished pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff as our new Principal Artist.

Sir András conducts and plays in our Schiff’s Surprise concert on Wednesday 4 July at Queen Elizabeth Hall, or at the Cheltenham Music Festival on Sunday 8 July 2018.

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