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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Artistic Associate

‘This was the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and instrumental playing and ensemble throughout could hardly have been bettered, in its robust, uncontrived and never precious stylishness.’ Hilary Finch, The Times 

‘warmth, exuberance and exquisite poise.’ Laura Battle, Financial Times
‘sublime playing’ Rupert Christiansen, Telegraph
‘scintillating’ Richard Morrison, The Times

Almost three decades ago, a group of London musicians took a good 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? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.

Since then, the OAE has shocked, changed and mesmerised the music world.  Residencies at the Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne haven’t numbed its experimentalist bent. Record deals haven’t ironed out its quirks. Period-specific instruments have become just one element of its quest for authenticity.

Today the OAE, now additionally an Artistic Associate at Kings Place, is cherished more than ever. It still pushes for change, and still stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. And almost three decades on, there’s still no orchestra in the world quite like it.

Kings Place is home to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment administrative headquarters. As a key collaborator, the ensemble has played a standout role in the Unwrapped series. Kings Place supports the OAE’s education projects by hosting regular secondary schools concerts along with the OAE academy, working to nurture the next generation of talented contemporary classical musicians.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Origin of Galaxies

Sunday, 22 October 2017 - 11:30am /

The music: It’s a rollercoaster of emotions as Bach explores birth and hope, with spectacular music for solo singers. The science: Professor Carlos Frenk, winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014, joins us to discuss cosmology’s great births – the origin of galaxies.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – What is Light?

Sunday, 26 November 2017 - 11:30am /

The music: It’s the end of the world as we know it as Bach explores the Last Judgement with powerful trumpets creating a dark sense of foreboding. The science: Our guest, on the other hand, brings light to proceedings. Sir John Pendry is a world-leading expert in his field who will explore the elusive question, ‘what is light?’.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Antimatter Matters

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 11:30am /

The music: It’s Christmas time, so we perform a cantata Bach wrote for the festive period, 1723. The science: Bach’s music was all about symmetries. A world expert in antimatter, Professor Tara Shears explains how these elusive particles involve symmetries that are almost, but not quite perfect.

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In the beginning… The Creation

Saturday, 6 January 2018 - 7:30pm /

We start our Time Unwrapped series at the very beginning with the first-ever performance of Haydn’s Creation in Hall One. Ádám Fischer, co-founder of the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, leads the OAE, the Choir of the Enlightenment and a trio of Rising Star soloists.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Time and Vision

Sunday, 14 January 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: To mark the New Year, a cantata Bach wrote for New Year’s Day, notable for its unusual instruments, including timpani and three horns. The science: Joining us is experimental physicist Helen Gleeson, who produced the first graphene-based liquid crystal device.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Seeing Life in a New Light

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: One of Bach’s most varied cantatas. Mixing joyful arias with funeral sounds, it celebrates the glories of life and the sadness of death. The science: Professor Kishan Dholakia, a world expert in the physics of light, is fascinated by how photonic imaging can unravel the mysteries of the brain.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Bach and Handel – Great Balls of Fire

Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 7:30pm /

The expert period instrument players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explore the virtuosic keyboard music of Bach and Handel – two great German composers who in their day enjoyed unrivalled reputations as master organ players.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – We are Made of Star Stuff

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 11:30am /

The music: With Easter approaching, we play Bach’s Palm Sunday cantata, telling the hopeful story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. The science: Pioneering astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell explains how we’re all made of star stuff.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Haydn – First and Last of a Great Genius

Saturday, 12 May 2018 - 7:30pm /

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment explores the first and last symphonies of Joseph Haydn, the composer credited with inventing the symphony as we know it. Understand how Haydn created by architecture of classical music by comparing two very different pieces.

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