What is enlightenment?

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What are Period Instruments?

What are Period Instruments?

Our double bass Cecelia Bruggemeyer explains what period instruments are and why we play on them.

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Tea With Netty 3: Iestyn Davies

Tea With Netty 3: Iestyn Davies

Netty met with countertenor Iestyn Davies during our run of Handel's Agrippina at the Royal Opera House.

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Beethoven’s Major Heroes

Beethoven’s Major Heroes

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

Sir Roger Norrington conducts us in two of Beethoven’s most popular major-key masterpieces at London's Southbank Centre.

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Mozart’s Final Flourish

Mozart’s Final Flourish

London, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall

Iván Fischer conducts the three symphonies Mozart wrote in one extraordinary year towards the end of his life.

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Who we are

Who we are

Three decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born. On these pages we look at our story, our musicians and their instruments, where we play and more.

OAE TOTS: Returns 12 Jan

Our interactive music-making session for ages 2-5 introduces Telemann’s noble steed!