Songs of Travel: 2022/23 Southbank Centre Season

We journey across oceans, continents and time on the trail of the Enlightenment fascination with travel and discovery in our 2022/23 season. Featuring music by Purcell, Handel, Bach and his sons, Mozart, Sullivan and Saint-Saëns we survey how composers' creativity was inspired by real and imagined wanderings.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Priority Booking for Friends & Patrons of the OAE for all concerts is now open.

General Booking for concerts between October 2022 and January 2023 opens on Thursday 5 May. Concerts from February 2023 onwards will be on sale in the autumn.

"I readily believe that there are more invisible than visible Natures in the universe. But who will explain for us the family of all these beings, and the ranks and relations and distinguishing features and functions of each? What do they do? What places do they inhabit? The human mind has always sought the knowledge of these things, but never attained it."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's wild epic poem is (re)mixed with music by Henry Purcell to create an immersive journey through calm seas, auspicious gales and supernatural elements.

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The Moon Hares

The Moon Hares

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Moon Hares is a magical opera for young families commissioned and created by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with original music by James Redwood alongside sections from Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, Dioclesian.

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Handel Around the World

Handel Around the World

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

Journey around the world as imagined by Handel through a selection of arias from his operas and oratorios.

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Bach in excelsis: The Mass in B Minor

Bach in excelsis: The Mass in B Minor

London, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall

Czech harpsichordist Vaclav Luks makes his debut with the OAE and at the Southbank Centre with a fresh chamber interpretation of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.

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Mozart On The Road: Part 1

Mozart On The Road: Part 1

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

It’s 1784. Mozart is at the peak of his fame. His Vienna concerts are sell outs while a Mozart premiere is the must have for the modern city. Hear three works from this remarkable year with soloist Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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Mozart On The Road: Part 2

Mozart On The Road: Part 2

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

All the composers featured in tonight’s programme left home to find their own voices. Directed by Ricardo Minasi, each of the four pieces tell a story of how CPE Bach, JC Bach and Mozart became agents of change in their new havens.

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Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant

Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant

London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall

For our season finale we venture to the semi-fictional world of Princess Ida, for conductor John Wilson’s fresh take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s thorny 1884 comic opera.

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