The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century was founded in 1981 by Frans Brüggen, which
consists of some fifty-five members from more than twenty different countries. Five times a year the orchestra assembles to go on tour. The musicians, who are all specialists in eighteenth and early nineteenth century music, play on period instruments or on contemporary copies. The wide-ranging repertoire this orchestra has recorded for Philips Classics and nowadays for The Grand Tour / Glossa includes works by Purcell, Bach, Rameau, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven,
Schubert, Mendelssohn and Chopin. In August 2014 the Orchestra had to say farewell to Frans Brüggen. The Orchestra decided to continue the tradition of five projects a year, now inviting guests and guest conductors.