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HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE

Musical instruments have changed significantly over the centuries, so mastery of period instruments, which vary greatly and lack the uniformity of their modern equivalents, requires virtuosity and versatility. The musicians who play these instruments are difficult to replace. 

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Jan Couchet the Elder (Flemish)
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord, circa 1650; Courtesy of The Met Museum

The rich array of excellent UK period-instrument ensembles – ranging in size from trios to full orchestras – perform in leading music venues and festivals across the country and abroad, bringing a freshness of approach and variety to the classical music landscape.

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Piero di Cosimo's Perseus Frees Andromeda, 1510-1515 (Uffizi)

OAE INSTRUMENTS

Some musicians play the original instruments, or faithful replicas, for which the music was composed at the time. Discover some of the amazing instruments played by musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Introducing the Baroque Clarinet
06:55
A rare 16th Century bow
00:57
Introducing Mozart’s Triangle
01:00
Introducing the Hybrid System Bassoon
00:59
Introducing the Baroque Bow
12:21
Introducing the Baroque Piccolo Cello
05:11
Introducing the Baroque Recorder
10:56
Introducing the French Bassoon
10:34

PERIOD INSTRUMENTS

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