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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is an internationally renowned period instrument orchestra.
- The OAE mainly plays music from the Enlightenment period – the late seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It aims to capture the Enlightenment ideals of innovation and enquiry. Through using period instruments, it aims to recreate the vitality of the original performances.
- Among those conductors who perform regularly with the Orchestra is Simon Rattle, in whom it relied upon in the beginning. He, Iván Fischer and Vladimir Jurowski share the title Principal Artist.
- In July 2008 the OAE moved to the brand new development Kings Place, where it is Resident Orchestra, together with the London Sinfonietta. It also continues its residency at the South Bank.
Did you know?
The OAE has no permanent music director, giving it flexibility to work with a wide range of conductors and soloists across a varied repertoire.
Haydn Symphony No.64 at The Night Shift
We venture beyond the back desk this time, and chat to the OAE's resident continuo player, Robert Howarth, about why you should always make sure your organ is switched on
Classic FM Drive Featured Album, 2 February 2015.
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Top OAE Pieces
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