Bach to the Age of Enlightenment

The ground-breaking Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are at Sheffield City Hall on Saturday as part of their 30th birthday season, performing an all-Bach programme on period authentic instruments.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 9:28 am
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 9:31 am
John Butt will be conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment at Sheffield City Hall on March 12

Since forming three decades ago, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment have striven to push the boundaries of what an orchestra can be. Rather than employing a single principle conductor or music director, they use a democratic system involving the whole orchestra for creative decisions and work with a range of the world’s top talent on a flexible basis, aiming to remain at the cutting edge of their field.

Also essential to the ethos of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is their use of authentic period instruments from the late 18th century era after which they are named, meaning their sound is as close as possible to the composer’s original vision.

On Saturday they will present a programme of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring his famously uplifting Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the majestic Sinfonia from his Cantata No. 42. The concert is completed with two of his lesser-known works, a pair of uplifting Lutheran Masses composed during his time in Leipzig.

Leading the orchestra will be John Butt, whose work with Bach is internationally known. In 2011 he was awarded the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation’s Bach Prize in recognition of his excellent performance and scholarship of the great composer’s work.

Soloists are Mary Bevan (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano), Ashley Riches (baritone), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), David Blackadder (trumpet), Pamela Thorby (recorder) and Daniel Lanthier (oboe).

Tickets for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, part of Sheffield International Concert Season, are £23.10 (£21), £20.90 (£19), £17.60 (£16), concessions £5.50 (£5). Start is 7pm.