Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Presenter: Tom Service (BBC Radio 3)
Although our 2020 Opening Concert was cancelled, we were delighted to bring to you on 21st May, an evening with Aurora Orchestra on our Facebook page.
At 7pm we heard from Aurora's Principal Cello Torun Stavseng about playing Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 Eroica by memory.
At 7:30pm, we enjoyed the full Eroica Symphony performed by memory, compete with a vivid musical introduction, with live excerpts, by Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon and BBC Radio 3 Presenter Tom Service.
With its unprecedented scale and shattering dissonances, Beethoven’s Eroica transformed symphonic form in one astounding blow. Aurora Orchestra performs this groundbreaking work from memory, bringing its unique and critically-acclaimed memorised performance style to Beethoven’s masterpiece that launched the Romantic symphony.
And finally, we enjoyed the chance to watch Aurora perform Berlioz Symphony fantastique at 9pm.
“Marvellous ... Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ The New York Times
With its signature creative ethos, Aurora Orchestra combines world-class performance with adventurous programming and concert presentation. Founded in 2005 under Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has quickly become one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, garnering several major awards includingthree Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, a German ECHO Klassik Award and a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.
Collaborating widely across art forms and musical genres, the orchestra has worked with an exceptional breadth of artists, ranging from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sarah Connolly and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Wayne McGregor, Edmund de Waal and Björk. A champion of new music, it has premiered works by composers including Julian Anderson, Benedict Mason, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, and Judith Weir.
By challenging expectations of what an orchestra can and should do on the concert platform, Aurora inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds to develop a passion for orchestral music.