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Sun 21 Oct 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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J.S. Bach Was soll ich aus dir machen (‘How shall I give thee up, Ephraim?’) BWV89

Rowan Pierce soprano
Ciara Hendrick alto
James Newby bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dallas Campbell speaker

How to Leave the Planet 

Our pioneering series of Sunday morning music and science returns.

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Thu 25 Oct 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Apollo and Daphne

Apollo e Dafne
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Handel Suite from The Alchemist
Manfredini Concerto Grosso Op 3 no. 9
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.4
Handel Apollo e Dafne

Jonathan Cohen conductor
Katherine Watson soprano
James Newby baritone

Your typical Handel opera has a multitude of characters and runs for more than three hours. With Apollo e Dafne, however, he showed he could also write a short, sharp, enjoyable two-hander.

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Sun 11 Nov 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms: A German Requiem

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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Brahms A German Requiem

Marin Alsop Conductor
Elizabeth Watts soprano
James Newby baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A Requiem for the masses.

To mark Armistice Day, we perform Brahms’ epic German Requiem, the landmark moment in the composer’s career.

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Sat 20 Oct 2018

Arts Centre, Jerudong International School

Toyota Classics

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Steven Devine director/ harpsichord
Charlotte Beament soprano
Daniel Edgar violin
Kinga Ujszászi violin

Our extensive tour of South East Asia starts in Brunei.

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OAE’s Golden Record

Mon 1 Oct 2018

Voyager spacecraft

Somewhere beyond Neptune, travelling into interstellar space at more than 38,000mph, is humankind’s most distant object, Voyager 1.

Launched in 1977, the spacecraft gave us extraordinary images of Jupiter and Saturn, and still sends messages home. The most famous is the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ photograph, taken from the edge of the solar system and depicting Earth from 3.7 billion miles away.

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What is Chamber Music?

Wed 19 Sep 2018

The term ‘chamber’ is often used to describe bands of various sizes, from string quartets to medium-sized orchestra. But what does ‘chamber music’ really mean? And where did it come from?
Our Chief Executive Crispin Woodhead explains.

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Introducing Beethoven’s Contrabassoon

Wed 22 Aug 2018

What is this big beast of the orchestra, and where did it come from?

David Chatterton introduces the contrabassoon as heard in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Haydn’s Creation.

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Introducing the Baroque Double Bass

Fri 10 Aug 2018

‘A whole hillside of sheep goes into making the bottom string’.

Cecelia Bruggemeyer, our long-time double bass player, introduces its baroque ancestor.


Violone: literally ‘big viol’ ; a general term used to refer to baroque bass instruments of various sizes and tunings

1. a general word for a non-specified bass instrument or bass line
2. shorthand for double bass

Double-bass (Eng.), Contrebasse (Fr.): a bass stringed instrument that sounds an octave lower than the written pitch

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Bach, the Universe & Everything: Meet the Scientists

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Meet the Scientists

Get to know the speakers, scientists and thinkers who’ll be exploring all things extraterrestrial in the next season of Bach, the Universe & Everything. 

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Introducing Mozart’s Fortepiano

Thu 19 Jul 2018

“It really changes the way we think about the music”.

Our Co-Principal Keyboard, Steven Devine, introduces the predecessor of the modern piano, the fortepiano.

It’s the type of instrument Haydn, Mozart and the young Beethoven would have known and composed for.

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Applications for the 2019 OAE Experience Scheme are now open

Mon 16 Jul 2018

OAE Experience

The Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience gives gifted period instrument players the chance to work alongside OAE players. The year-long scheme is aimed at players nearing the end of their studies, to help bridge the gap between conservatoire education and a professional career.

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Bach, the Universe & Everything returns

Tue 10 Jul 2018

We’re extremely excited to announce all the dates in our next series of Bach, the Universe & Everything, at Kings Place in partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Why is it called the Surprise Symphony? The secret of Haydn’s success

Mon 9 Jul 2018

Haydn’s Surprise Symphony isn’t just one dramatic moment. Our Chief Executive Crispin explains why Haydn is the ‘King of Symphonies’.

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Enjoyed our Schiff’s Surprise concert? Here’s some advice…

Wed 4 Jul 2018

Here’s Max Mandel, our co-principal viola, on what you should track down next…

I hate having to defend Joseph Haydn, but it’s a position I find myself in quite often. A colleague of mine asked me in front of a pianist friend to choose, gun to my head, between the string quartets of Haydn and the string quartets of Mozart. I didn’t hesitate for a second with my answer: Haydn.

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Schiff’s Surprise Programme

Tue 3 Jul 2018

Here’s the programme for our Schiff’s Surprise concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall on 4 July 2018. You can pick up a hard copy for free on the night.

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Sir András Schiff is our new Principal Artist

Fri 29 Jun 2018

We’re thrilled to announce the distinguished pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff as our new Principal Artist.

Sir András conducts and plays in our Schiff’s Surprise concert on Wednesday 4 July at Queen Elizabeth Hall, or at the Cheltenham Music Festival on Sunday 8 July 2018.

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Dangerous Liaisons Programme

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Here’s the  programme for our Dangerous Liaisons concert on Tuesday 26 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre. You can pick up a hard copy on the night for free!

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New violins!

Wed 20 Jun 2018

It’s always very exciting to have new player members joining the orchestra, and we’ve just appointed six new violinists to our violin section.

All six have already been playing with us in concerts for over 18 months and we look forward to having them perform with us over the course of many more seasons. They are:

Iona Davies
Dan Edgar
Alice Evans
Julia Kuhn
Henry Tong (pictured)
Kinga Ujszászi

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The Science of Attraction

Mon 18 Jun 2018

Is love what you think it is?

Our Baroque dance spectacular, Dangerous Liaisons, tells a classic love story. But in the Baroque era, composers were influenced by a very different theory of why people fell in love than we have now.

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Seven things you (probably) didn’t know about… The Mendelssohns

Fri 1 Jun 2018

The Carpenters. The Corrs. The Magic Numbers. Put a brother and sister together and get them to write music, and it doesn’t always turn out well.

But in the early 19th century things were different, when Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were changing the music world with their new Romantic sounds.

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