Monday 13 February 2017

Looking Ahead: Aurora Orchestra in 2017

The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon at the Proms
The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon at the Proms
During 2017 the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon continue their two London concert series. At the Southbank Centre, where the group is an Associate Orchestra, the Orchestral Theatre concerts deliberately challenge the accepted concert formats and genres. Whilst at Kings Place the group is working its way through the complete cycle of Mozart piano concertos. Outside of London they have a variety of events including performing Britten's Albert Herring at the Grange Festival under conductor Steuart Bedford.

Having recently explored Metamorphosen with Edmund de Waal, Anthony Marwood and Sara Mohr-Pietsch, the Aurora Orchestra's Orchestra Theatre series at the Southbank Centre continues on 3 June 2017 when at St John's Smith Square (the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall in exile), the orchestra will continue its exploration of Brahms symphonies from memory, with Symphony No. 1, paired with Richard Ayres' No. 42: In the Alps. The concert is repeated on 4 June at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Further ahead in September Brett Dean's Pastoral Symphony is paired with Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony from memory.

At Kings Place the Mozart piano concerto series will be featuring pianists Imogen Cooper, Shai Wosner, John Reid, Katia & Marielle Labeque and Tom Poster. There will also be free pre-concert events, the first being Imogen Cooper in conversation with Alfred Brendel. And the late night series, The Lock-In continues its informal format.

As well as collaborating with the Grange Festival on Britten's Albert Herring which is conducted by Steuart Bedford and directed by John Copley with Yvonne Howard as Lady Billows, the orchestra will be joining with Tenebrae, conductor Nigel Short for performances of Faure's Requiem at St John's Smith Square (part of the Holy Week Festival) and at St George's Bristol.

Further information from the Aurora Orchestra website.

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