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Der Rosenkavalier: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment & Thomas Kemp

15 October 2017, 19:00 - 20:45

This promises to be one of the Festival highlights: a film screening with live accompaniment from one of our great orchestras. Strauss’s peerless opera Der Rosenkavalier, set in Vienna, premiered in 1911. A silent-film version (not as rare as might be thought: find out more at our earlier study events) followed in 1926, and at the London premiere at the Tivoli Theatre on The Strand, Strauss conducted his own chamber-orchestra arrangement of a suite to accompany the film. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform this wonderful score, with a specially set-up big screen in the Town Hall showing the film. We are thrilled to present this delightful rarity: an unmissable occasion. Watch this trailer for the film:

FILMPHILHARMONIC EDITION Film by courtesy of Prof. Dr Walter Dillenz / Filmarchiv Austria, Music by courtesy of Schott Music/ Boosey & Hawkes.

This event is presented in association with Music at Oxford, promoters of prestigious orchestras, ensembles and soloists throughout the year. For details of their season see

Seating Information

The screen will be placed on the stage so all seats priced between £40 and £20 have a very good view of the screen. The orchestra will be performing on the floor in front of the stage.

Stalls: these are chairs on the ground floor

Front Stalls (£40): these seats are closest to the stage. Please note that some seats are very close to the screen, however these are also the closest seats to the orchestra

Middle Stalls (£30): these seats are in the middle section of the hall

Rear Stalls (£20): these seats are towards the back of the hall

Gallery: this area consists of seats in the back gallery which face the stage and seats in the side gallery which are sideways on to the stage.

Gallery A (£20): these are front row seats around the side gallery and the first three rows of the back gallery.

Gallery B, restricted view (£10): these are the back row seats around the side gallery, and the last three rows in the back gallery. These seats have a reasonably good view of the screen.

Artist Portrait

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


Three decades ago, a group of inquisitive London musicians took a long hard look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born. And as this distinctive ensemble playing on period-specific instruments began to get a foothold, it made a promise to itself. It vowe... Read Full Biography
Artist Portrait

Thomas Kemp

Thomas Kemp


Thomas Kemp is a highly acclaimed musician and one of the most versatile and eclectic conductors of his generation, acclaimed for his innovative programming and passionate advocacy in concerts, opera, ballet and as an award winning recording artist. The Guardian recently commented “ extraordinary performance... with a fluency that came over brilliantly under the baton of Thomas Kemp.” Thomas is the Music Director of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Chamber Domaine, which is at the forefront of ensembles focusing on ... Read Full Biography

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