Aurora Orchestra

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Aurora Orchestra
Founded 2005
Location London, United Kingdom
Principal conductor Nicholas Collon

Aurora Orchestra is a British chamber orchestra, co-founded in 2004 by conductors Nicholas Collon and Robin Ticciati. The orchestra is administratively based in Kings Place, London. The orchestra also has an association with LSO St Luke's, and has had residencies at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2004, Nicholas Collon, Robin Ticciati and fellow members of the National Youth Orchestra established the orchestra. Aurora Orchestra gave its first public performance in 2005.[1] In March 2011, the Arts Council of England included Aurora Orchestra in its new "national portfolio" scheme.[2] 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".

Aurora Orchestra first appeared at The Proms in family-themed concerts in 2011 and 2012. The orchestra subsequently returned for late night Proms in 2013[3] and in 2014,[4] the latter of which featured the premiere of Meld by Benedict Mason. In their subsequent appearances at The Proms, the orchestra featured one symphony that the musicians performed from memory:

In June 2011, the orchestra's debut album of Nico Muhly's Seeing is Believing was released.[7] The orchestra has also made commercial albums for Warner Classics.[8][9]

In May 2011, Aurora won the Ensemble category of the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, for calendar year 2010.


  1. ^ Nick Shave (2011-07-28). "Nicholas Collon: 'We live in the era of iPod shuffle'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Arts council funding: get the full decisions list". The Guardian (Data Blog). 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  3. ^ George Hall (2013-08-01). "Prom 25: Aurora Orchestra/Collon – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  4. ^ Andrew Clements (2014-08-18). "Prom 41: Aurora O/Collon review – an original and compelling score". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  5. ^ George Hall (2015-08-03). "Aurora Orchestra/Collon review – memorable for all the right reasons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  6. ^ George Hall (2016-08-02). "Aurora O/Collon/BBCSO/Gardner review – pulling out the party tricks". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  7. ^ Jolly, James (11 May 2011). "Bravo to the Aurora Orchestra and a Nico Muhly album". Gramophone Blogs. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011. 
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2014-11-27). "Adams: Chamber Symphony; Copland: Appalachian Spring etc CD review – immensely suggestive". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 
  9. ^ Andrew Clements (2015-08-06). "The Aurora Orchestra: Insomnia CD review – a bit of a ragbag". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22. 

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