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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Dangerous Liaisons

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Music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, André Campra, Jean-Philippe Rameau and Marc-Antoine Charpentier

John Butt conductor/harpsichord
Hubert Hazebroucq choreographer
Anna Dennis soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Les Corps Eloquents dance

The sights and sounds of Versailles – elegant 17th century dance meets the best of French Baroque music.

Recreating the sounds of Versailles, we’re blending elegant French dance from the court of Louis XIV with a greatest hits of French music from the era.

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Tue 26 Jun 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Pre concert: The science of attraction

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Professor Viren Swami

For our Dangerous Liaisons pre-concert talk, we’re doing something a bit different.

For this tale of love and myth, we’re exploring theories of romantic attraction through the ages with Professor Viren Swami from Anglia Ruskin University. From Cupid’s arrow to optical theory, hear the fascinating story of how we’ve changed the way we think about falling in love.

The pre-concert talk is free and takes place in the foyer at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, from 6pm to 6.30pm. 

Part of our 2017/18 season, Visions, Illusions and Delusions. 

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: King Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Sat 30 Jun 2018

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS: King Arthur

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Keep your youngest music lovers captivated with OAE TOTS, a magical introduction to orchestra. This year we travel back in time to enjoy stories of old.

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Wed 4 Jul 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Schiff’s Surprise

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Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

A game of Haydn seek.

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff.

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Sun 21 Oct 2018

Kings Place Hall One

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

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

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

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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Sun 25 Nov 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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J.S. Bach Herr, wie du willst – ‘Lord, deal with me as Thou wilt’ BWV73

Worlds Beyond

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Mon 3 Dec 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Pipedreams

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Handel Overture Alexander's Feast
Telemann Concerto in G for Viola and Strings
Handel Organ Concerto Op.7 No.1
Telemann Concerto in E minor for Flute and Recorder
Handel Overture - Saul
Telemann Concerto for oboe d'amore, viola d'amore and flute in E major
Handel Op. 4 No. 1 in G minor

John Butt Director/Organ

The sounds of the 18th century.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment rarely has more fun than when it’s performing music from the 18th century and letting the unique sounds of its period instruments come to the fore.

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Sun 16 Dec 2018

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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J.S. Bach Sehet, welch eine Liebe - ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us’ BWV64

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck Arias from Il Parnaso Confuso, Antigono and La Clemenza di Tito
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orfeo
Mozart Arias from The Marriage of Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito

Giovanni Antonini Conductor
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano

Songs from the heart with Magdalena Kožená.

Can you enjoy all three of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Or do you have to compromise? We explore this question with sublime arias by Mozart and Gluck, sung by Czech soprano Magdalena Kožená.

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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concertos 1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Horn Concertos
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahms’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 19 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concertos 2

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Schumann Symphony No. 3
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Sir András Schiff piano/ conductor

One of the world’s best pianists plays some of world’s best piano music.

Written 22 years apart, Brahams’ only piano concertos are snapshots of his life. The first is youthful, raw and expressive; the second is mature, structured and wiser. Both embody radical ideas of the 19th century, when revolution was in the air and artists joined political movements to overturn the old order.

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Tue 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A thrilling staging of the Easter story.

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Thu 18 Apr 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Trial by Jury

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Gilbert and Sullivan Overture from The Gondoliers
Gilbert and Sullivan Selection of songs from The Yeoman of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Ruddigore
Gilbert and Sullivan Trial by Jury

John Wilson Conductor
Simon Butteriss The Learned Judge
Louise Alder Angelina
Michael Porter Edwin
Counsel for the Plaintiff Simon Bailey

The feel good hit of the 1870s.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury was the Mamma Mia! of the 1870s, running for hundreds of performances and touring as far as the USA and Australia.

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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Fri 31 May 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

States of Independence

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Elgar Serenade for Strings
Strauss Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Vladimir Jurowski Conductor
Alina Ibragimova Violin

The definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

We round off our Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness season with the definitive musical celebration of freedom and liberty.

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