The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is greatly saddened to learn of the death of Sir Charles Mackerras.

Picture: Matt Wreford

Sir Charles Mackerras at the OAE's 21st Birthday Concert, June 2007

One of the OAE’s Emeritus Conductors, Sir Charles was a terrific force in the revival of Handel even before his first concert with the OAE in 1987, just a year after the Orchestra was formed. From his first concert he formed an immediate rapport with the Orchestra, becoming one of the Orchestra’s most regular conductors and being appointed Emeritus Conductor in 2007. Sir Charles also made many recordings with the OAE, starting with Schubert in 1987 and most recently Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, which was also the last work that he conducted in public earlier this summer at Glyndebourne, again with the OAE.

Stephen Carpenter, Chief Executive of the OAE commented:

“It is difficult to think that such a vibrant musical personality is no longer with us.  Any concert or opera performance conducted by Sir Charles was an event that every musician in the OAE looked forward to and enjoyed.  The OAE players, board and management staff had the highest respect and love for Sir Charles and we are grateful for the many happy musical memories that he gave to us and to audiences throughout the world; memories that will thankfully live on through his extensive recorded legacy.”