Aurora Orchestra

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Aurora Orchestra
Orchestra
Founded 2005
Location London, United Kingdom
Principal conductor Nicholas Collon
Website www.auroraorchestra.com

Aurora Orchestra is a British chamber orchestra founded in 2005 by conductors Nicholas Collon and Robin Ticciati.[1] It is based in Kings Place,[2] London and at LSO St Luke's.[3]

In May 2011 Aurora won the Ensemble category of the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.[4]

History[edit]

Aurora Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Nicholas Collon, Robin Ticciati and fellow members of the National Youth Orchestra.[5]

Apart from the current Kings Place and LSO St Luke's, the orchestra's residencies have included Aldeburgh[6] and the Royal Academy of Music.

In March 2011, the Arts Council of England included Aurora Orchestra in its new "national portfolio" scheme,[7] scheduling annual funding of £60,000 (approx.) for the 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15 funding years.[8] Aurora, which had not been a "regularly funded organisation" under the council's previous funding scheme, was awarded this support as one of the "smaller adventurous music ensembles".[9]

The Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards "Ensemble" category win in May 2011 placed Aurora Orchestra in the company of the London Sinfonietta, the Hallé, and others.[10]

In June 2011, Decca released Nico Muhly's Seeing is Believing[11] as recorded by Aurora Orchestra (their debut).[12]

Reception[edit]

"Bright, young and full of ideas, the Aurora Orchestra meld classical music with anything from jazz to tango to Nico Muhly." – The Guardian[5]

"To launch a new orchestra, Aurora, in the cut-throat musical marketplace that is London requires courage and conviction. To sustain it through five seasons, during which you programme everything from the Baroque sounds of Gabrieli and Lully to the avant-garde scores of Berio and Adams, shows brilliance as well as bravado." – Richard Morrison, The Times, Jan 2011

"They convey joy and freshness at the highest standard of musical excellence. And in just five short years they’ve carved out a niche in the country’s musical life which is unique." – RPS Music Awards[4]

"Nicholas Collon's Aurora is a fabulous band, a small but extremely virtuoso group whose musical sympathies are enormously wide." – James Jolly, Gramophone[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Aurora Orchestra website. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Kings Place > Residents > Music/Arts Groups". Kings Place website. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ "Associate Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra - New Moves 2011". LSO website. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "RPS Music Award Winner - Ensemble". RPS Music Awards website. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Shave, Nick (27 July 2011). "Nicholas Collon: 'We live in the era of iPod shuffle'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  6. ^ "Aldeburgh residencies - Aurora Orchestra". Aldeburgh Music website. May 2009. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  7. ^ "Arts Council England announces funding decisions and new National portfolio of arts organisations - London". Arts Council England website. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  8. ^ "London national portfolio organisations" (Warning: closed proprietary format spreadsheet (XLS). Antivirus software recommended). Arts Council England. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  9. ^ "Arts Council England announces funding decisions and new National portfolio of arts organisations - National". Arts Council England website. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  10. ^ "Past RPS Music Awards Winners". RPS Music Awards website. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nico Muhly: Seeing is Believing". Decca Classics website. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  12. ^ "Media Release - Aurora Orchestra wins Ensemble category at RPS Awards". ElevenTenths PR. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  13. ^ Jolly, James (11 May 2011). "Bravo to the Aurora Orchestra and a Nico Muhly album". Gramophone Blogs. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011.