Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Double Bass

Cecelia was always set on being a flautist when she was growing up, and at age 11 she was offered a place at the Centre for Young Musicians.

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Max Mandel

Viola

“One of the challenges of our art is that it happens over a given period of time and then disappears. That’s one of the reasons it’s so magical”

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Robert Howarth

Keyboard

Rob was already studying piano at age 6 when he first encountered a harpsichord.

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Margaret Faultless

Violin

The violinist Margaret Faultless is one of the OAE’s four leaders and regularly directs the orchestra.

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Dan Bates

Oboe

Dan was first invited to play with the OAE for a European tour with Simon Rattle performing Mozart Symphonies.

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Andrew Watts

Bassoon

Andy Watts began his music career playing medieval and renaissance instruments and clarinet at primary school in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, then took up the modern bassoon at the age of sixteen.

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Martin Lawrence

Horn

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

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Annette Isserlis

Viola

Annette Isserlis studied at the Royal College of Music, where she now teaches historical performance on baroque and classical viola. 

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Gavin Edwards

Horn

Gavin Edwards studied Horn with Anthony Chiddel and Classical horn with Anthony Halstead, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After graduating he was appointed as principal horn of the Orchestre Sinfonica de Tenerife. On his return to England he joined the Hanover Band in their recordings of Beethoven’s, Schubert’s and Haydn’s symphonies. From here he started to work mainly in ensembles specializing in “period performance” principally with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists and, of course, the OAE.

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Matthew Truscott

Violin

Matthew is one of the Orchestras four ‘leaders’ – the violinist closest to the conductor, who acts as a kind of ‘No.2’ after the conductor. Outside of the UK, the leader is referred to as a ‘concert master’. Anyway,  having studied in London, Holland and the USA, Matthew now performs around the world with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and other ensembles.

Matthew also teaches the Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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