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From deep within the OAE archive #1: Bach’s double violin concerto

Fri 20 Nov 2015

Margaret Faultless introduces a 1990 recording from BBC Scotland featuring the first movement of Bach’s double violin concerto.

Spot current OAE players Alison Bury (soloist), Cathy Weiss, Richard Tunnicliffe, Annette Isserlis, and Margaret Faultless.

We perform the same piece at St John’s Smith Square on 24 November (with Margaret) and the West London Synagogue on 22 November.


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Rameau’s Anacréon and Pigmalion to feature Baroque dance

Mon 8 Sep 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that our season opening concert on 9 October of one-act operas by Rameau is to feature Baroque choreography.

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In rehearsal: Sir Roger Norrington conducts Berlioz

Wed 13 Aug 2014

Berlioz Video

Last autumn we went on tour with our Emeritus Conductor Sir Roger Norrington, with some pretty unusual repertoire for us – Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.  Indeed, this was only the second time we have ever programmed this piece.  Here’s a clip of the Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington rehearsing the piece at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels ahead of performances there, and in Warsaw and Helsinki.

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In rehearsal: Rameau’s Anacréon

Mon 4 Aug 2014

Footage from recording sessions earlier this year when we recorded Rameau’s 1754 opera Anacréon. The studio recording will be released later this year. You can also hear Anacréon LIVE on 9 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, alongside another 1 act opera, Pigmalion.

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Boyce’s Solomon – in rehearsal

Tue 10 Jun 2014

A peek behind the scenes during rehearsals for Boyce’s Solomon – a Serenata.
Wildly popular in its day, Boyce’s Solomon even eclipsed Handel’s Messiah in the popularity stakes. However…it’s libretto was perhaps slightly racy and it fell foul of later, more prudish, tastes.

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Spinal Chords by Sally Beamish

Sun 11 May 2014

Premiered in 2012 as part of the London 2012 celebrations, Spinal Chords proved to be an instant success with audiences and critics alike. Set to a text by journalist Melanie Reid it tells the powerful story of her struggle to overcome disability, with the powerful text underpinned by Sally Beamish’s slowly shifting, constantly evolving soundworld.

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Watch Sir Simon Rattle rehearse Haydn’s Creation

Sun 4 May 2014

Sir Simon Rattle

Get a sneak preview of our forthcoming performances of Haydn’s Creation with this new video from a rehearsal this week.

Hear it live at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, tonight, 4 May details

Hear it live at London’s Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, 6 May details

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The Night Shift – in rehearsal. Purcell’s ‘Fairest Isle’

Thu 1 May 2014

with soprano Julia Doyle and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In rehearsal at the Doodle Bar, Battersea.

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The OAE rehearses Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, ‘Great’

Sat 5 Apr 2014

The OAE rehearse Schubert’s Symphony No.9 ‘Great’

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The Night Shift – Audience Footage

Mon 3 Jun 2013

Determined to break even more of the rules associated with classical concerts, we decided to let The Night Shift audience film our performance of John Dowland’s Lachrimae Antiquae, at the Amersham Arms, on 23 April

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