Pre-brochure 2023/24

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‘What we call the beginning is often the end And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.’
TS Eliot Four Quartets

Priority Booking

Booking for Friends & Patrons of the OAE opens 25 April.

General Booking

For events up to January 2024, booking opens 2 May. For events from February 2024, booking will open later this year.

Information is correct at the time of printing. The OAE reserves the right to change artists and programmes. We do not offer refunds or exchanges unless an event is cancelled.

We open our 2023 / 24 season with a concert framed by symphonies from the beginning and end of Haydn’s career, tracing his passage from young trailblazer to the greatest composer in the world.

HAYDN First and Last

Wednesday 25 October, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Representation of Chaos from The Creation

Symphony No. 51

Sinfonia concertante for violin, cello, oboe, bassoon & orchestra

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 104 ‘London’

Masaaki Suzuki, the acclaimed founder of the Bach Collegium Japan, joins us to collaborate on an energetic, thought-provoking new production of Bach’s great Christmas masterpiece.

BACH Christmas Oratorio

Saturday 2 December, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall



(Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248: Parts 1 – 3

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

(Sing to the Lord a new song!)

BWV 225

Anna Dennis soprano

Hugh Cutting countertenor

Guy Cutting tenor

Dominic Sedgwick bass

Masaaki Suzuki conductor

Sunday 3 December, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall


Sanctus from Mass in B Minor,

BWV 232


(Christmas Oratorio) BWV 248: Part 4 – 6

The Fairy Queen is throwing a huge midsummer night’s party. Big. Huge. You’re invited.


Three Wishes

Wednesday 17 January, 7.00pm Queen Elizabeth Hall


The Fairy Queen: Three Wishes

Composer James Redwood and writer Hazel Gould transform Henry Purcell’s Shakespeare-inspired opera into a magical adventure for the whole family.

Following on from The Moon Hares in 2022 we’re delighted to present another family opera created in collaboration with communities from Camden and around the UK.

James Redwood conductor

Hazel Gould director

A celebration of the prodigious gifts of Mozart with award-winning soprano Louise Alder in a selection of virtuosic operatic and concert arias. The illustrious Riccardo Minasi directs an enthralling evening that concludes with one of Mozart’s most popular symphonies.

MOZART Love is in the air

Thursday 22 February, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall


Così fan tutte Overture

Alma grande e nobil core, K 578

‘Come scoglio immoto resta’ from Così fan tutte

‘Eh Susanna non vien’ and ‘Dove sono i bei momenti’ from Le nozze di Figaro

Le nozze di Figaro Overture

‘Voi che sapete’ from Le nozze di Figaro

Non più! Tutto ascoltai (Non temer, amato bene) K 490

Symphony No. 31 ‘Paris’

Louise Alder soprano

Riccardo Minasi conductor

Olivier Award-winner Peter Whelan directs Bach’s Easter Oratorio with soloists from the new cohort of our Rising Stars of the Enlightenment scheme. The piece packs a breathtaking mix of public celebration, personal devotion and tight psychological drama.

BACH Easter Oratorio

Wednesday 27 March, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall


Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, you hearts) BWV 66

Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden (Stay with us, for evening falls) BWV 6

Oster-Oratorium (Easter Oratorio) BWV 249

Peter Whelan director

We continue our daring quest towards the borderline between Romanticism and Modernism. We team up again with conductor Maxim Emelyanychev in a programme crowned by Sibelius’ awe-inspiring Symphony No. 5.

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5

Wednesday 3 April, 7.00pm

Royal Festival Hall


Ruslan and Ludmila Overture


The Rock


Peer Gynt Suite No. 1


Symphony No. 5

Maxim Emelyanychev conductor

Following the sell-out success of our Beethoven Piano Concerto series together in 2022, we reunite with Sir András Schiff for an immersive journey through the quintet of masterworks that spanned Mendelssohn’s tragically short life.

MENDELSSOHN The Complete Symphonies

Wednesday 24 April, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall


Symphony No. 1

Piano Concerto No. 1

Symphony No. 4 ‘Italian’

Thursday 25 April, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall


Symphony No. 5 ‘Reformation’

Piano Concerto No. 2

Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’

Friday 26 April, 7.00pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall.


Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

Symphony No. 2 ‘Lobgesang’ (Song of Praise)

Alina Ibragimova violin

Sir András Schiff fortepiano / director

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