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Introducing the 19th Century Horn

Why play a new instrument when we make music for old instruments?

Our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery performs a section from Schumann’s showstopping Konzertstück for Four Horns, and introduces a new ‘19th century-style’ horn. This instrument has valves, which makes performing such challenging repertoire possible.

Hear it in our upcoming concerts with Sir András Schiff, also featuring Brahms’ blockbuster piano concertos.  Find out more

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Introducing Mozart’s Horn

Mon 16 Apr 2018

The first of a new series of videos exploring the instruments of the ‘classical’ era (1750-1820).

Principal Horn Roger Montgomery looks at the instrument that would have been used to perform Mozart’s horn concertos.

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Mozart’s naughty notes

Thu 12 Apr 2018

Mozart illustrated the score for the Rondo from his Horn Concerto No.1 with a series of naughty notes and jokes aimed at his horn player friend, Joseph Leutgeb.

Read the notes as we perform it at Conway Hall with our Principal Horn Roger Montgomery.

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Introducing the Baroque Horn

Wed 3 May 2017

‘It’s quite a direct, unfiltered sound.’

OAE Principal Horn Roger Montgomery takes us through the Baroque Horn and shows us how it differs from the modern instrument.

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Punto in the pub

Wed 21 Sep 2016

Last time The Night Shift was at Shadwell’s George Tavern, we played all sorts of fun french horn music by little-known composers.

Here’s a polacca (a type of Polish dance) by Giovanni Punto, performed by Kati Debretzeni (violin), John Crockatt (viola), Jonny Byers (cello) and Roger Montgomery (horn).

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The horns in Mahler’s Second Symphony

Wed 23 Mar 2016

“It’s easy to think Mahler 2 is all about horns. Which it is really.”

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Best of Both / The Classic Hovis Advert

Tue 3 Mar 2015

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s homage to Ridley Scott’s classic Hovis advert, featuring horn player Roger Montgomery.

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2013 Staff Highlights

Fri 31 Jan 2014


With the first month of 2014 nearly behind us, we look back at some of our concert highlights from 2013…

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And now for something completely different…

Thu 16 May 2013

It’s that time of year again, when we reveal our ‘look’ for the new season. You might have seen a few things that hinted at our forthcoming brochure, most notably our recent video showing it on the printing presses, but here for the first time we can reveal the full set of pictures.

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Our New Year’s Resolutions

Fri 4 Jan 2013

As 2013 begins to take hold, most people come up with a New Year’s resolution or two, but in reality only 1 in 10 of us will keep at it for the whole year…depressing isn’t it?!

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On the cusp of romance – listen again + first reviews

Wed 2 Nov 2011

Last night’s concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with conductor Frans Bruggen (pictured) was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and you can listen to it again for the next 7 days.


We had lots of reaction to the concert on Twitter, with a few of our favourite reactions below, and there are reviews on Classical Source and in the Daily Telegraph.



was in wonderful concert by bruggen & @theoae. i enjoyed funny haydn 60, amazing weber horn concerto w natural horn! & lovely schubert 5.



Incredible performance of Weber’s Horn Concertino by Roger Montgomery with @theoae. Difficult! #livingdangerously



@theoae This Weber is astonishing but then should be used to the quality of your concerts by now! #rfh



That was AMAZING!! Roger Montgomery played Weber’s Concertino for horn on valveless horn with such cool wizardry! @theoae



Aamazing Horn Concerto at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Loving the period sound! #parp @theoae

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Gaffer tape pics – No.16

Thu 3 Jun 2010

This morning we have Antony Pay, clarinet and Roger Montgomery, horn.

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