the Age Enlignment
One of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) took their name from the era which the core of the repertoire is based on: the Age of Enlightenment
Brilliant and original these musicians have turned their music into a story that is surprising, funny , profound and universal.
To date, they have worked with some of the most distinguished musicians around the world, including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Sir William Christie, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir András Schiff.
Headquartered at Kings Place, OAE is a resident orchestra of London’s Southbank Centre and an associate orchestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Musical Director &
Steven Devine is the Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Chandos Records) has been received critical acclaim – including Gramophone magazine describing it as “among the best”. Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) have both received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Steven’s latest recording of Bach’s Italian Concerto has been voted Classic FM’s Connoisseur’s choice. Future releases for Resonus include the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach.
He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there – including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performed repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is currently conductor and Artistic Advisor for the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth.
Steven works regularly with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Trondheim Barokk, the Victoria Baroque Players (BC, Canada) and Arion Baroque Ensemble (Montreal).
He teaches harpsichord and fortepiano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London and is Early Keyboard Consultant to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh Colleges.
Daniel Edgar attended Chetham’s School of Music, taking modern violin lessons with Richard Milone and Ben Holland. He later studied baroque violin with Simon Jones at the University of York. Both Daniel’s MA and PhD in performance practice were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
In 2013 Daniel was appointed principal second violin of The Orchestra of the Sixteen. He enjoys a busy orchestral and chamber performing schedule with many of the UK’s leading early music ensembles including The King’s Consort, Retrospect Ensemble, Dunedin Consort, Classical Opera, The English Concert, The Gabrieli Consort and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists. As a member of one of the University of York’s ensembles in residence, he also teaches Baroque violin and is joint director of the University Baroque Ensemble.