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Baroque Unwrapped

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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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