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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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Hall One

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Origin of Galaxies

Sunday, 22 October 2017 - 11:30am /

OAE will be joined by Professor Carlos Frenk, winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014, 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 /

Today’s dramatic cantata has a dark sense of foreboding, with powerful trumpets creating the sound of the Last Judgement. Sir John Pendry is one of the world’s leading experts on the physics of light, famous for creating a design for an invisibility cloak, he will bring light to proceedings.

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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – Antimatter Matters

Sunday, 17 December 2017 - 11:30am /

Bach’s music was all about symmetries, creating them in music like no composer had ever done before. Professor Tara Shears also works in symmetries. A world expert in antimatter, she’ll explain how these elusive particles are about 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 /

Joining the OAE is experimental physicist Professor Helen Gleeson, who produced the first graphene-based liquid crystal device in collaboration with the team that discovered the wonder material at the University of Manchester. She discusses Time and Vision.

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

Sunday, 18 February 2018 - 11:30am /

For this morning’s session, OAE will be joined by Professor Kishan Dholakia from the University of St Andrew’s enticingly-named Optical Manipulation Group. A world expert in the physics of light, he’s fascinated by how the science of photonics can use imaging to help unravel the mysteries of the brain.

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

Sunday, 18 March 2018 - 11:30am /

Pioneering astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell joins OAE for a Sunday morning series mixing music and science, perfect for inquiring and curious minds.

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