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Listings release: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

Thu Oct 6 2011

Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis
Friday 4 November, 8pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

A rare opportunity to hear the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (OAE) join forces with the Philharmonia Chorus to present Beethoven’s epic Missa Solemnis, led by the acclaimed conductor Gianandrea Noseda in his debut with the OAE.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For full information, please download the Listings release OAE and Giandrea Noseda perform Missa Solemnis here.

Press Release: Mozart wrote his famous and popular piano concerto for the daughter of a tax collector

Fri Sep 30 2011

Mozart wrote one of his most famous and popular piano concertos for the daughter of a tax collector, according to a masterful piece of detective work, shedding extraordinary and controversial light on how his music would have been performed in his day.

Bringing together for the first time manuscripts evacuated for safe keeping during World War II, the discovery that Mozart began sketching one concerto on the score sheet of another, paper dating and handwriting identification, all combined to provide powerful evidence, more than 200 years after his death, that Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 was written for his pupil Barbara Ployer, who was an acclaimed pianist and the daughter of a wealthy lumber merchant and tax collector living in Vienna.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the Press Release: Mozart wrote his famous and popular piano concerto for the daughter of a tax collector here.

Listings release: The Night Shift

Tue Sep 27 2011

The Night Shift: no rules classical music
Thursday 29 September 2011, 10pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Night Shift – radical rules free classical music where the audience can talk, come and go with drinks, clap when they like, and talk to the orchestra during the performance – returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in September for a relaxed hour-long concert.

Following a sold-out pub gig at the start of the month, the late-night event features pianist Robert Levin (who was a huge hit at his last Night Shift appearance back in 2008) playing one of Mozart’s masterpieces, the Piano Concerto No.23 as well as Weber’s moody Overture to Der Freischütz.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the Night Shift 29 September Listings release here.

Listings release: OAE launches The Works – your guide to the classics

The Works: Your guided tour of the classics
Tuesday 4 October 2011, 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is launching The Works on Tuesday 4 October at 8pm, a brand new concert experience offering the chance to get the low down on some of the world’s greatest classical music in a relaxed and informal night out.

At this first outing of The Works, following jazz in the candlelit bar, the audience can bring their drinks into the hall as charismatic pianist Robert Levin gives a guided tour of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 complete with musical examples from the Orchestra, before performing this masterpiece.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full listings release, please download the PDF Orchestra launches new concert experience The Works – your guide to the classics here.

Press release: Speed date your way through the classics

The Works: Your guided tour of the classics
Tuesday 4 October 2011, 8pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) will use speed dating as part of its armoury to lure new audiences into the concert hall.

Although the prospect of being hit on by a bassoonist might not appeal to all, its new series of concerts entitled The Works is about introducing some of the world’s greatest classical music to new audiences in a relaxed night out where the usual concert etiquette is strictly off limits.

At the first outing of The Works on 4 October at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the evening will begin with a jazz pianist in a candlelit bar at 7pm.  Hannah Conway (presenter) will introduce pianist Robert Levin to the stage at the 8pm concert. He’ll be interviewed, and then give the audience a ‘guided tour’ of Mozart’s piano concerto No. 23, before he and the OAE go on to perform it.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF Speed date your way through the classics here.

Listings release: World renowned orchestra gigs at King’s Cross pub

Thu Sep 8 2011

The Night Shift: no rules classical music
Thursday 8 September 2011, 8,30pm
The Star of Kings, London

For the first time, The Night Shift – London’s ground breaking classical event – downsizes for an intimate pub gig.

Three musicians from the world renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) perform beautiful and sometimes quirky baroque music by Henry Purcell and JS Bach, with a DJ set from Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne between performances and afterwards until Midnight.

The BBC Proms blogger Jon Jacob makes his debut as The Night Shift presenter for the evening.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF World renowned orchestra gigs at Kings Cross Pub here.

Press release: King’s Lynn local children rewrite famous opera for family concert

Tue Jul 5 2011

Family Concert: The Story of Mr John
Tuesday 5 July 2011, 6.30pm
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange

Players from the top-class Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) will be making their way directly from the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera House to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Tuesday 5 July to perform with 150 local children in their own version of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.

The children, ages 7-11, from Whitefriars, Methwold, Flitcham and St Martin at Shouldham Primary Schools wrote three brand-new songs with composer James Redwood, and will be performing them live on stage, together with older players from local secondary schools and OAE musicians, providing a new twist to Mozart’s world famous opera.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF King’s Lynn local children rewrite famous opera for family concert here.

Press release: Orchestra launches fourth year of Apprentice scheme with top-class conductors

Fri Jul 1 2011

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is looking for a talented apprentice conductor who will work with some of the world’s leading maestri in its 2011-2012 concert season.

The Melgaard OAE Young Conductor Scheme is now in its fourth year and offers the successful candidate the chance to ‘live’ with the Orchestra, working on specific projects alongside outstanding conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle and OAE musicians.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF Press Release Orchestra launches fourth year of Apprentice scheme with top-class conductors here.

Listings Release: The Night Shift

Fri Jun 24 2011

The Night Shift: no rules classical music
Friday 24 June 2011, 9pm
Village Underground, Shoreditch

Rule breaking The Night Shift debuts at the Village Underground, Shoreditch, on Friday 24 June at 9pm, bringing a top classical orchestra to a formerly burnt out warehouse building in Shoreditch played by the Klaxons, Jarvis Cocker and The XX.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are playing gutsy, dramatic music by Handel, including an aria from his opera Julius Cesare and one of his vibrant concerto grossi.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF Press Release classical orchestra plays top indie band venue in Shoreditch here.

Listings Release: The Night Shift

Wed May 4 2011

The Night Shift: no rules classical music
Wednesday 4 May 2011, 10pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

The Night Shift – radical rules free classical music where the audience can talk, come and go with drinks, clap when they like, and talk to the orchestra during the performance – returns to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, for its last appearance at the Southbank Centre until the Autumn.

Following a sold-out event in January, the late-night concert features Schubert’s dark and restless Symphony No. 4 as well as the last movement from Beethoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No.4.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full release, please download the PDF The Night Shift 4 May 2011

Listings Release: Big on Baroque

Wed Apr 6 2011

Big on Baroque
Wednesday 6 April- Sunday 10 April 2011
Kings Place, London

A baroque festival by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment sets out to challenge assumptions that this music is pretty, nice, and unthreatening, by showing it can be thrilling, angry, tragic and touching too.
‘Baroque. Contrasted’
, which runs from Wednesday 6 April to Sunday 10 April 2011 at Kings Place, York Way, showcases music written for specific groups of instruments, places secular music against sacred, and ceremonial against dance music.
There’s also a chance to perform  – amateur musicians can play alongside the OAE in a ‘Baroque from Scratch’ event; or join a choir singing Purcell choruses.  Families can enjoy a TOTS event on Saturday morning.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full press release, including listings details, please download the PDF Press release Big on Baroque here.

Press Release: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment retains Arts Council funding

Tue Apr 5 2011

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment retains Arts Council funding

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is pleased to be confirmed as a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, continuing the support the Orchestra has enjoyed since 1997.

The Orchestra has received a small cut of 4.5% to the funding received in the 2011-12 financial year but will benefit from inflationary rises in subsequent years.

For further information contact Katy Bell or Natasha Stehr on 020 7239 9375/9374 or email katy.bell@oae.co.uk/natasha.stehr@oae.co.uk

For the full press release, please download the PDF OAE continues to be supported by Arts Council Funding here.