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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Biography

Period: Mainly baroque and classical                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ensemble type: Period

 

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 iron out its quirks. Period-specific instruments have become just one element of its quest for authenticity.

Today the OAE is cherished more than ever. It still pushes for change, and still stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. And thirty years on, there's still no orchestra in the world quite like it.

Sample programme

Main contact name
Crispin Woodhead

Postal address
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Members Names
Principal artists:
John Butt
Sir Mark Elder
Iván Fischer
Vladimir Jurowski
Sir Simon Rattle

Emeritus Conductors:
William Christie
Sir Roger Norrington

Leaders:
Kati Debretzeni
Margaret Faultless
Matthew Truscott

Telephone Number
020 7239 9370

Email address
info@oae.co.uk

Website address
www.oae.co.uk

YouTube website address
http://www.youtube.com/user/OrchestraEnlighten

Other associated sites
www.facebook.com/orchestraoftheageofenlightenment
http://twitter.com/theoae
http://www.instagram.com/oae_photos/