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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

Rowan Pierce soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Maggie Aderin-Pocock speaker

Engineering for Space

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

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Sun 13 Jan 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

OAE TOTS – A World Around Us

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Marvel at Bach’s wondrous music and follow the orchestra on a whirlwind voyage through our universe. While listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.1, gaze up at the sun, the stars and the moon, and get a closer look at our fellow creatures on this planet.

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Mon 4 Feb 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Love and Duty, with Magdalena Kožená

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Mozart Symphony No. 40
Gluck O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
Gluck Dance of the Furies from Orphée et Eurydice
Mozart Giunse alfin il momento - Al desio di chi t'adora from The Marriage of Figaro
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Gluck Di questa cetra from Il Parnaso confuso
Mozart Deh per questo istante from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Parto, Parto from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Giunse il momento al fine...Non tardar amato bene from The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart Voi che sapete from The Marriage of Figaro

Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Giovanni Antonini conductor

Songs from the heart with international opera star Magdalena Kožená.

Magdalena Kožená is one of the world’s biggest opera stars. In this rare solo UK appearance, hear her sing some of the music she’s become famous for – sublime opera arias by Mozart and Gluck.

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Sat 22 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Christmas Oratorio

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Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge

Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage – Celebrate, rejoice, rise up and praise these days!

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Sun 23 Dec 2018

St John's Smith Square

Handel’s Messiah

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Handel Messiah

Katherine Watson soprano
Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
Gwilym Bowen tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony

We join forces with Polyphony for Handel’s visionary, ecstatic Messiah.

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Thu 10 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Venus Unwrapped – Barbara Strozzi

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Barbara Strozzi Canto di belle bocca
Barbara Strozzi Le tre Grazie à Venere
Barbara Strozzi Silentio nocivo
Barbara Strozzi L'Amante modesto op 1
Barbara Strozzi Pace Arrabbiata, op 1
Barbara Strozzi Lagrime mei op 1
Barbara Strozzi È pazzo il mio core
Claudio Monteverdi Ballo: Volgendo il ciel
Claudio Monteverdi Il Ballo delle Ingrate

Christian Curnyn conductor
Mary Bevan soprano

Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state.

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Sun 27 Jan 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Jesu, nun sei gepreiset – ‘Jesus, now be praised’ BWV41

Charlotte Shaw soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Professor Alan Fitzsimmons

The Mystery of ‘Oumuamua

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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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Purcell Room

OAE TOTS – A World of Celebration

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Sometimes you need to stop exploring, and have a party! And who better to lead us than Handel, whose Water Music was written for a festival on the Thames. Come and dance to his foot-tapping tunes and celebrate the glorious sound of the OAE’s period instruments.

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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

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.

The music

Bach wrote this cantata when he was very busy – he produced six in one month while he was writing St John Passion. This one is more flamboyant than many, with the violins getting the chance to shine.

The science

How did the universe emerge from its dark ages after the Big Bang? Dr Emma Chapman tells us about her work researching early stars.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Sun 17 Mar 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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Bach Cantata: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende ‘A Terrible End Shall Sweep You Away‘. BWV90

Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
Jonathan Brown bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Lewis Dartnell speaker

Hunting for Aliens

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.

The music

With its uncompromising title, this theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection.

The science

Is there life on other worlds? We close our season with a look at the latest research in astrobiolology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Mon 18 Mar 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Brahms Piano Concerto no.1

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Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns
Schumann Symphony No.4
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano

One of the world’s best pianists, Sir András Schiff, 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 Concerto no.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, Sir András Schiff, 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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Sat 30 Mar 2019

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall

OAE TOTS: FUNharmonics

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On every FUNharmonics day, our youngest audience members join the Orchestra for our  OAE Tots workshops.

These offer a magical, interactive introduction to music-making for children between two and five, sitting up-close to orchestral musicians and taking part with their parents, guardians and carers.

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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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Fri 19 Apr 2019

St John's Smith Square

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony
Nick Pritchard Evangelist
Neal Davies Jesus
Rowan Pierce soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Stephen Layton, one of Britain’s greatest choral conductors, gathers together some of London’s finest singers to perform Bach’s St John Passion, considered by many to be even more emotional and dramatic than the St Matthew Passion. A Good Friday matinee concert.

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Sun 28 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

OAE TOTS – A World of Magic

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Be transported to a dream world inspired by Mozart’s fairy tale opera, The Magic Flute. Experience an enchanting story by Hazel Gould, and learn how music can conjure magic to help our heroes and heroines live happily ever after.

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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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Sat 18 May 2019

Cadogan Hall

Bach’s Mass in B Minor

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Bach B Minor Mass

Joanna Tomlinson conductor
Miriam Allan soprano
Roderick Morris countertenor
Greg Tassell tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Constanza Chorus

In its tenth birthday celebration concert, the dynamic Constanza Chorus is joined by us for a performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor.

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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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