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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Classical Music
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Running time: Act 1: 7-7.45pm, 20 min interval, Act 2: 8.05-9pm


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J S Bach
Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069

Following their unforgettable performance of the complete Brandenburg Concertos in 2017 we’re thrilled to present another instalment of Bach’s greatest pieces from the convention-flouting Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In this case, it’s the four Orchestral Suites that Bach wrote between 1723 and 1739. Making use of contrasting instrumental combinations, and drawing on the then fashionable French tradition of multi-sectioned Overtures, Bach created an irresistible set of airs and dances, ranging from solo strings to choirs of oboes and trumpets. Highlights include the high-flying flute of Suite No. 2 and the sublime “Air on the G String” from the Suite No. 3, which remains one of the most hummable tunes ever committed to manuscript.

Please note: this concert has an earlier start time of 7pm.


A Beginner’s Guide to Bach’s Orchestral Suites

With Crispin Woodhead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
3pm, Level 4 Foyer, Royal Concert Hall

As those who heard his introduction to Baroque back in 2017 will know, the OAE’s Chief Executive has a winning way as a public speaker. Expect insightful illustrations and amusing anecdotes, delivered as only Crispin can. Tickets £3.50, including tea/coffee, click here to book.

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£55 for up to 4 people (maximum of 2 adults and £5 for each additional child). You’ll also get a free programme. Please note that under sixes are not admitted to Nottingham Classics concerts but they are welcome at our Beanbag Music Club concerts – call 0115 989 5555 for details or visit

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Bargain Seats £8 available from 12pm on the day of the concert, subject to availability.