Esa-Pekka Salonen on the delights of performing Beethoven with the Philharmonia Orchestra, new music from composer Julian Anderson, commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Laurence Cummings talks about Bach, as uncovered in a series of concerts by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

The Philharmonia Orchestra perform Beethoven’s First and Third Symphonies under the Baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen on Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm at Royal Festival Hall. To book tickets, click here. Find out more in their Beethoven Series Blog and read reviews of earlier concerts in the Beethoven series.

Our Music Nation Podcast! All music, all ages, all weekend

If you thought you knew what orchestras were about, think again. Come and experience an amazing variety of music, spanning Baroque to sampled sounds in the Music Nation weekend.

Hear interviews with Trinity Laban students and Lawrence Cummings Directot of OAE’s The Night Shift.

During the Music Nation weekend, a pulsing urban jungle, created live on stage in Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities; Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer showcase rich orchestral colour; Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents a musical mash-up of jazz and classical; and OAE finish off our weekend celebrations with The Night Shift, a relaxed late-night concert plus DJ!

Hector & Harriet: love, tragedy and the Bard

Read about Berlioz’s own romantic inspiration behind his hommage to Shakespeare – ‘Romeo et Juliette’.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Valentine’s Day blog post tells Berlio’z own love story, ahead of their performance of his mammoth work at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 18 Feb.

For more info or to buy tickets, click here

Watch OAE’s latest video: Laurence Cummings on Handel’s Messiah

Laurence Cummings talks about Handel’s Messiah performed at Southbank Centre on 6 December

OAE’s November podcast

Watch a video on Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

OAE players talk about Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, which they perform with conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the Philharmonia Chorus on 4 November at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The concert is given in memory of Sir Charles Mackerras.

Watch our new classical music season trailer

To celebrate the launch of the season we have worked together with our four resident orchestras to create a trailer to mark the beginning of our 2011/12 season. We hope you enjoy!

To explore the season further, visit our online guide.