Aurora Orchestra with Nicola Benedetti
Violin: Nicola Benedetti
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Presenter: Tom Service (BBC Radio 3)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor
Beethoven Symphony no. 3 Eroica (from memory)
“Marvellous ... Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ The New York Times
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. Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service and the orchestra give a vivid musical introduction with live excerpts, unpacking the work’s musical architecture.
Opening the evening, Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought after violinists of her generation, performs Mendelssohn’s soaring Violin Concerto, a work of heart-stirring melodies and incredible originality.
Photograph by Simon Fowler
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.