Monday, 23 May 2016

The Aurora Orchestra is Playing with Fire

Playing with fire
Under the title Playing with Fire, Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra are presenting a programme which combines Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (played from memory) with HK Gruber's ‘pan-demonium’ Frankenstein!! with Marcus Farnsworth. They will be performing at St George's Bristol on 24 May 2016, Grenoble on 26 May, and London's Royal Festival Hall on 29 May.

The performance of Beethoven's symphony is the latest in the Aurora Orchestra's performances from memory and it is thought that this will be the first time the symphony has been played from memory since the Meiningen Court Orchestra played Beethoven under Hans von Bulow in the 1880s.

HK Gruber's Frankenstein!! was premiered in the 1970's and many performances since then have included Gruber himself as the chansonnier, this performance by Marcus Farnsworth will be an exciting opportunity to hear a new generation of performance in the role. Frankenstein!! will be directed by Martin Berry, and the project also features a new film.

There is a trailer for the project on YouTube.

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