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Tue 24 Apr 2018

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Whitechapel (Apr 2018)

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Have you noticed? All the best things come in fours. The Four Seasons. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And of course, a classical string quartet.

For this Night Shift, we’re bringing back a very unusual quartet – with four violins.

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Sat 12 May 2018

Kings Place

Haydn: First and Last of a Great Genius

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Haydn Symphony no. 1
Haydn Symphony no. 104 London

Turning Points is the Kings Place series where you get to explore the hidden secrets of the great composers in history.

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Thu 17 May 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Der Rosenkavalier

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Richard Strauss Selection of songs
Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier (salon score)

Geoffrey Paterson conductor
Charlotte Beament soprano

A night at the cinema.

We’re going to the cinema with a historically-informed recreation of a remarkable cinema event that first took place in 1926.

Enjoy the big screen adaptation of Richard Strauss’ great comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, accompanied by a live orchestra playing the music Strauss himself wrote to accompany the film.

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Tue 29 May 2018

Camden Assembly

The Night Shift – Camden (May 2018)

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The Night Shift invades the spiritual home of Britpop.

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Mon 4 Jun 2018

Old Queens Head, Islington

The Night Shift: Islington (June 2018)

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Join Matthew Truscott and the band for a night of Mendelssohn’s string quintets.

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Sun 10 Jun 2018

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

OAE TOTS: Funharmonics – King Arthur

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Meet a gaggle of characters through orchestral music with a narrative in these interactive OAE TOTS workshops focused on the story of King Arthur. Listen to and engage with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and their instruments.

OAE TOTS: Storytime accompanies the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Funharmonics event in Royal Festival Hall.

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Sun 10 Jun 2018

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

OAE TOTS: Funharmonics – King Arthur

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Meet a gaggle of characters through orchestral music with a narrative in these interactive OAE TOTS workshops focused on the story of King Arthur. Listen to and engage with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and their instruments.

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Sun 10 Jun 2018

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

OAE TOTS: Funharmonics – King Arthur

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Meet a gaggle of characters through orchestral music with a narrative in these interactive OAE TOTS workshops focused on the story of King Arthur. Listen to and engage with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and their instruments. 

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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Dangerous Liaisons

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John Butt conductor/harpsichord
Hubert Hazebroucq choreographer
Anna Dennis soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor

The sights and sounds of Versailles – elegant 17th century dance meets the best of French Baroque music.

Recreating the sounds of Versailles, we’re blending elegant French dance from the court of Louis XIV with a greatest hits of French music from the era.

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: Kings Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: Kings Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Wed 4 Jul 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Schiff’s Surprise

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Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A game of Haydn seek.

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff.

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Thu 25 Oct 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Apollo and Daphne

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

Jonathan Cohen Conductor/director
Katherine Watson Soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

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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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, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment performs Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Mon 3 Dec 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Pipedreams

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Handel Overture Alexander's Feast
Telemann Concerto in G for Viola and Strings
Handel Organ Concerto Op.7 No.1
Telemann Concerto in E minor for Flute and Recorder
Handel Overture - Saul
Telemann Concerto for oboe d'amore, viola d'amore and flute in E major
Handel Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor

John Butt Director/Organ

The sounds of the 18th century.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rarely has more fun than when it’s performing music from the 18th century and letting the unique sounds of its period instruments come to the fore.

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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck Arias from Il Parnaso Confuso, Antigono and La Clemenza di Tito
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orfeo
Mozart Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito

Giovanni Antonini Conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concertos 1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Horn Concertos
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahams’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 19 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concertos 2

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Schumann Symphony No. 3
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Sir András Schiff piano/ conductor

One of the world’s best pianists plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahams’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A thrilling staging of the Easter story.

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Thu 18 Apr 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Trial by Jury

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Gilbert and Sullivan Overture from The Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan Selection of songs from The Yeoman of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Ruddigore
Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury

John Wilson Conductor
Simon Butteriss Baritone

The feel good hit of the 1870s.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury was the Mamma Mia! of the 1870s, running for hundreds of performances and touring as far as the USA and Australia.

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