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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Tue 26 Feb 2019

CLF Art Cafe (Bussey Building)

The Night Shift – Peckham

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Matthew Truscott violin
Max Mandel viola

The creative heart of Peckham hosts classical music, minus the rules.

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Thu 28 Feb 2019

Ye Olde Rose and Crown

The Night Shift – Walthamstow

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For the first time, we’re taking the Night Shift to Walthamstow, East London’s new cultural hotspot.

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Sat 23 Feb 2019

The Foundling Museum

Handel Birthday Concert

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Henry Tong violin
Alice Evans violin
Andrew Skidmore cello
James Johnstone harpsichord

Players from the Orchestra celebrate George Frideric Handel’s 334th birthday in style at the Foundling Museum. Enjoy an evening of beautiful music-making and visit the Handel Gallery to learn more about the composer’s generosity to the newly-established Foundling Hospital.

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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS – A World of Celebration

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Sometimes you need to stop exploring, and have a party! And who better to lead us than Handel, whose Water Music was written for a festival on the Thames. Come and dance to his foot-tapping tunes and celebrate the glorious sound of the OAE’s period instruments.

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Sun 17 Mar 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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Bach Cantata: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende ‘A Terrible End Shall Sweep You Away‘. BWV90

Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
Jonathan Brown bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Professor David Waltham speaker

Hunting for Aliens

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

The music

With its uncompromising title, this theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection.

The science

Is there life on other worlds? We close our season with a look at the latest research in astrobiolology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1, with Sir András Schiff

Ursula Paludan Monberg, horn
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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ 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 Concerto no.2, with Sir András Schiff

Max Mandel, Co-Principal Viola
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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, Sir András Schiff, 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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Sat 30 Mar 2019

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

OAE TOTS: FUNharmonics

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On every FUNharmonics day, our youngest audience members join the Orchestra for our  OAE Tots workshops.

These offer a magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five, sitting up-close to orchestral musicians and taking part with their parents, guardians and carers.

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Tue 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

Katharina Spreckelsen, Co-Principal oboe
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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

Annette Isserlis, viola
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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 The Learned Judge
Louise Alder Angelina
Rob Murray Edwin
Simon Bailey Counsel for the Plaintiff
Michael Craddock Usher

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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Fri 19 Apr 2019

St John's Smith Square

Bach’s St John Passion

Katharina Spreckelsen, Co-Principal oboe
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Bach St John Passion

Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony
Nick Pritchard Evangelist
Neal Davies Jesus
Rowan Pierce soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Stephen Layton, one of Britain’s greatest choral conductors, gathers together some of London’s finest singers to perform Bach’s St John Passion, considered by many to be even more emotional and dramatic than the St Matthew Passion. A Good Friday matinee concert.

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Sun 28 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

OAE TOTS – A World of Magic

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Be transported to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute. Experience an enchanting story by Hazel Gould, and learn how music can conjure magic to help our heroes and heroines live happily ever after.

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Mon 29 Apr 2019

Old Queens Head, Islington

The Night Shift – Islington

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We can’t do pub gigs without a regular trip back to the gorgeous shabby-chic surroundings of this Islington pub, where none other than Jude Law once came to see us play.

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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Bach: Toutes Suites

David Blackadder, principal trumpet
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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

Bach and the balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Sat 18 May 2019

Cadogan Hall

Bach’s Mass in B Minor

David Blackadder, principal trumpet
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Bach B Minor Mass

Joanna Tomlinson conductor
Miriam Allan soprano
Roderick Morris countertenor
Greg Tassell tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Constanza Chorus

In its tenth birthday celebration concert, the dynamic Constanza Chorus is joined by us for a performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor.

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Fri 31 May 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

States of Independence

Camilla Morse-Glover, cello, Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience Scheme
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Elgar Serenade for Strings
Strauss Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Alina Ibragimova Violin

The definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

We round off our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

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Tue 25 Jun 2019

The George Tavern

The Night Shift – Whitechapel

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It’s more classical music, minus the rules, at our favourite ancient boozer in Whitechapel.

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Fri 28 Jun 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Missa Solemnis

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Beethoven Mass in D

David Hill  conductor
Sarah Fox soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Roderick Williams bass
The Bach Choir

We perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Bach Choir.

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Thu 3 Oct 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

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Mendelssohn Elijah

Masaaki Suzuki conductor
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Anna Stephany mezzo-soprano
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Mendelssohn’s magnificent story of faith, doubt and miracles.

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