Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Toutes Suites (Bach’s Complete Orchestral 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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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
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Georg Nigl 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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Individual or society? Heart or heart? Conform or rebel?

Mon 5 Nov 2018

Individual or Society?
Head or Heart?
Conform or Rebel?
Laws or Freedoms?
Secular or Sacred?

These questions about how to live a good life challenged composers such as Bach, Brahms and Mozart as much as they challenge us now.

Our 2018-19 season of concerts at Southbank Centre features the music these composers wrote in response to these questions, sometimes overtly and sometimes indirectly.

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What does it mean to be free?

Tue 30 Jan 2018

Today we’re announcing the concerts in our 2018/19 season as Resident Orchestra at Southbank Centre.

It’s called Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, and it’s the second in our Six Chapters of Enlightenment, six years of concerts celebrating the thought that made the modern world.

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