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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Kings Place 90 York Way London N1 9AG Tel: 020 7239 9370 Fax: 020 7239 9399 Email: Website: Registered Charity No 295319 All information was correct when this brochure went to press. The OAE reserves the right to make changes to the published programme where necessary. Design: Carroll&Co ( Photos: Eric Richmond

9 12-17 May 200 kings Place

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Tuesday 12 May 7.30pm, Hall One A celebration of Handel Thursday 14 May 6pm, Hall One Mendelssohn’s Octet 7.45pm, St Pancras Room Mendelssohn Explored 9pm, Hall One Mendelssohn’s Octet 10.15pm, Concert Bar The After-show

Saturday 16 May 11.30am, Hall Two Coffee Concert 2.30pm, Meet at Box office Walk: Local Heroes 4pm, St Pancras Room Film: England, My England 7.30pm, Hall One Rachel, Pavlo and Joseph Sunday 17 May 11.30am, Hall One Family Concert

Friday 15 May 6pm, Hall One Henry’s Boadicea 7.15pm, St Pancras Room Explore Bonduca 9pm, Hall One Henry’s Boadicea 10.15pm, Concert Bar The After-show

Welcome to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s first full week of performances at our new Headquarters, Kings Place. To celebrate we’re playing the music of four great composers who have anniversaries of one kind or another this year: Henry Purcell, George Frederic Handel, Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn. Not only are these composers central to classical music, but also central to the OAE’s repertoire – music which the Orchestra excels in bringing vividly to life for today’s audiences. During the week we have events for everyone. Hour long concerts, with an associated talk about the music, a coffee concert, a family concert, a film and even a walk – plus tickets for some events are available from as little as £4.50. We hope you’ll join us! 1

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TUESDAY 12 MAY Hall One, 7.30pm

A Celebration of Handel In this concert the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment celebrates Handel with its customary vitality and verve. Introduced from the stage by broadcaster Christopher Cook, the concert includes two of Handel’s concerti grossi often considered to be among his orchestral masterpieces – muscular and vibrant music which still sounds fresh today.

Handel Concerto grosso op.6 no.1 Da Tempesta from Julius Caesar Lascia ch’io pianga from Rinaldo Tornami vagheggiar from Alcina Concerto grosso Op.3 no.2 Concerto grosso Op.6 no.7 Cantata Silete venti

Concert sponsored by Jupiter Asset Management Limited

Alison Bury director Julia Doyle soprano Christopher Cook presenter

Tickets: £19.50 / £27.50 / £34.50 (£17.50 / £25.50 / £32.50 online) £9.50 Saver Seat

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Friday 15 May

Hall One, 6.30pm & 9pm

Hall One, 6.30pm & 9pm

Mendelssohn’s Octet A chance to hear the OAE on an intimate scale as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth with a performance of his famous Octet, a piece of strong contrasts and deep feeling. Concert lasts 1 hour with no interval.

Henry’s Boadicea Rossini String sonata No.3 in C Mendelssohn Octet in E flat for strings Op.20

Tickets: £9.50 / £11.50 / £14.50 (£7.50 / £9.50 / £12.50 online) £6.50 saver seat

According to folklore Queen Boadicea is buried under platform 10 of Kings Cross station. Kings Place therefore seems an appropriate place for this rare dramatised concert performance of Purcell’s incidental music and arias to the play Bonduca. Performance lasts 1 hour with no interval. For full casting information visit

Purcell Bonduca (Boadicea) Margaret Faultless director/violin Soloists and actors to be announced Choir of the Enlightenment

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St Pancras Room, 7.45pm

Mendelssohn Explored

St Pancras Room, 7.45pm

A chance to find out more about Mendelssohn and the Octet, with OAE Chief Executive and Mendelssohn enthusiast Stephen Carpenter and OAE viola player Martin Kelly. Event lasts 45 minutes.

Explore Bonduca

Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online)

Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online)

Concert Bar, Level 2, 10.15pm

Concert Bar, Level 2

The Aftershow

The Aftershow

Join us for a free post-concert performance of Rossini’s Duetto for cello and bass. The bar will be open until 11pm.

Join us for a free post show performance of songs by Purcell and his contemporaries. The bar will be open until 11pm.

Find out more about Purcell’s rarely heard music to Bonduca with OAE violinist and musicologist Roy Mowatt. Event lasts 45 minutes.

Meal deal: 14 & 15 May Why not make an evening of it by taking advantage of our superb meal deal with Kings Place’s Rotunda restaurant? For £37 (14 May) or £40 (15 May) you will receive a top price ticket to either the 6.30pm or 10pm performance, a delicious two course meal, glass of wine and coffee. Choose from 5pm, 7.45pm or 10pm sittings. Offer is available on 14 and 15 May and cannot be booked online. Download the menu at kingsplace

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Saturday 16 May

Saturday 16 May

Hall Two, 11.30am

Hall One, 7.30pm

Rachel, Pavlo and Joseph

Coffee Concert Get your weekend off to a musical start with this informal concert given by musicians from the Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience for young players. In this concert a symphony from Mozart is complemented by one of Haydn’s most popular pieces, famous for its vivid depiction of a sunrise. Performance lasts 1 hour with no interval and tickets include a free cup of tea or coffee. Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online)

Mozart Symphony No.21 in A major Haydn Symphony No.6 in D major, Le Matin (morning) Margaret Faultless director OAE Experience Ensemble

A special celebrity concert with the brilliant violinist and regular OAE collaborator Rachel Podger. She’ll be joined by another regular OAE guest artist Pavlo Beznosiuk for an enticing programme of duos, including some from our featured composer Joseph Haydn. Tickets: £17.50 / £22.50 / £27.50 (£15.50 / £20.50 / £25.50 online) £9.50 saver seat

Mozart Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K423 Mozart Duo for violin and viola in B flat major, K424 Leclair Duos for two violins Haydn Duos for two violins Rachel Podger violin Pavlo Beznosiuk violin

Meet at box office, 2.30pm

Local Heroes

A guided walk of the area around the OAE’s Headquarters, Kings Place. Taking in the legend of Boudica’s burial place the walk will explore the many other famous personalities connected with King’s Cross. Led by historian and broadcaster Alan Dein. Lasts 90 minutes. Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online) St Pancras Room, 4pm

England, My England Marking 350 years since his birth, the OAE presents a screening of Tony Palmer’s film charting Henry Purcell’s life, featuring Simon Callow and Michael Ball (1995, 153 minutes). Includes a discussion with Tony Palmer following the screening. Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online) 6 OAE_KingsPlace_brochure_12pp_Black.indd 6-7

Sunday 17 May Hall One, 11.30am

Family Concert: Baroque Landscapes The OAE rounds off its week at Kings Place with a chance for your family to explore fabulous baroque music, including specially commissioned music for the occasion and performances from some of our young local players. Performance lasts 1 hour with no interval, and is introduced and presented by OAE Education Manager Cherry Forbes. Suitable for ages 8+. Tickets: £6.50 (£4.50 online) Ticket office: 0844 264 0321 Online: Info: Blog: 7 09/02/2009 12:46

Booking information How to book Online Telephone 0844 264 0321 (local rate) In person at Kings Place Please note that all tickets are £2 less online. For full information on delivery, refunds and access please visit Saver Seats These great value seats are only available online. Your seat is guaranteed but your exact seat will be allocated from the best available one hour before the performance. Availability is limited. Other seats in Hall 1 are all allocated seating. Seating All seating in Hall 1 other than saver seats is allocated. Seating in Hall 2 and the St Pancras Room is unreserved.

How to get to Kings Place Kings Place is located at 90 York Way, around 8 minutes walk from King’s Cross station. Undergound King’s Cross and St Pancras: Circle, Metropolitan, Piccadilly, Victoria, Hammersmith & City and Northern lines. National Rail King’s Cross and St Pancras are both a short walk away. Euston Station is a 15 minute walk away. Bus The 390 bus runs past King’s Place. Other bus services to Kings Cross are 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 476. Car On street parking nearby, or NCP car park at St Pancras station.

Programmes A free daily programme sheet will be available. A more comprehensive programme with notes and articles on the whole week of performances will be available for purchase for just £2.

Win tickets Join our free postal or email mailing list for the chance to win tickets! Each month we enter everyone who has joined into a draw to win tickets to a London concert of their choice. To join visit, email us at, or simply text your name and email to 07781 480 156. 8 OAE_KingsPlace_brochure_12pp_Black.indd 8-9

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