”Britain’s indisputably best period instrument ensemble”
Meet the Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment
In 1986, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard 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. Specialize in the 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 mesmerized the music world. Residencies at Acland Burghley School, the Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne haven’t numbed its experimentalist bent. Neither have record deals ironed out its quirks. Period-specific instruments have become just one element of its quest for authenticity.
Today the OAE is cherished more than ever. It still pushes for change, and still stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. More than thirty years on, there’s still no orchestra in the world quite like it.
Questioning. Challenging. Trailblazing
Discover the full Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment Collection
Sir Mark ElderPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
John ButtPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
Vladimir JurowskiPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
Adam FischerPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
Sir Simon RattlePrincipal Artist Artist Bio
Iván FischerPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
Sir András SchiffPrincipal Artist Artist Bio
William ChristieEmeritus Conductor Artist Bio
Sir Roger NorringtonEmeritus Conductor Artist Bio
Tea with Netty
Tea with Netty is the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s podcast hosted by viola player Annette Isserlis (Netty). Over a cuppa (or something a little stronger…), Netty chats with a variety of conductors, players and other guests as she ‘spills the tea’ on the side of classical music you don’t normally hear.
Available as Apple podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio, TuneIn+Alexa