The founding of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in 1986 was one of the absolutely decisive moments in British musical life. Orchestral players seized back command of their own destiny, saying that they were the best people to organise their artistic lives. Conductors who had never worked with period instruments before – Rattle, Mackerras, Jurowski – were attracted in. A revolution in performance style was underway that left few modern symphony orchestras untouched. This is their story.
Helen Wallace, 2006
68 pages, full colour
We have a brand new podcast just out – in a jam-packed edition we talk to OAE Leader Alison Bury about our upcoming A celebration of Handel concert, take the train down to Glyndebourne to get Principal Oboe Anthony Robson’s top CD picks and then come back to London to find out what a day in the life of an Orchestra Chief Executive is like, when we talk to OAE boss Stephen Carpenter. Lastly, with our 25th Anniversary approaching in June, Helen Wallace (who wrote our 21st anniversary book, Spirit of the Orchestra) talks about the origins and history of the OAE. Happy listening!Read More