Concerts at Keele: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

In Partnership with Stoke-on-Trent Classics

Keele Concerts are pleased to announce a special concert to open the 2019/20 season. In partnership with Stoke-on-Trent Classics we have been given the great opportunity to bring one of the UK’s most dynamic and cherished orchestras to the area for our members and audiences to enjoy.

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 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.


J.S. Bach Sinfonia BWV 42
J.S. Bach Concerto for Oboe D’Amore, BWV 1055
J.S. Bach Suite No. 2, BWV 1067
J.S. Bach Suite No. 1, BWV 1066

Concert with interval.
mage ©Andrew Mellor

Standard £20 | Student £9 | Keele Music Student and 16 & Under FREE 
NOTE: there is a supplemental charge of £4 for all members to attend this concert.

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Mitchell Arts Centre, 40 Broad St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4HG
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01782 734340

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