Aurora Orchestra

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Aurora Orchestra
Orchestra
Founded2005
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Principal conductorNicholas Collon
Websitewww.auroraorchestra.com

Aurora Orchestra is a British chamber orchestra, co-founded in 2004 by conductors Nicholas Collon and Robin Ticciati. The orchestra is based in London, where it is Resident Orchestra at Kings Place and Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre. The orchestra was also previously Associate Orchestra at LSO St Luke's, and performs regularly at other venues including St George's Bristol, the Colyer-Fergusson Hall in Canterbury, and The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. It has developed a particular reputation for creative programming and concert presentation[1], including pioneering memorised performance as a regular feature of its artistic output[2]. Since its launch in 2005, it has worked with artists ranging from Ian Bostridge, Brett Dean, Anthony Marwood and Sarah Connolly to Edmund de Waal, Wayne McGregor and Björk.[3]

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.[4] In March 2011, the Arts Council of England included Aurora Orchestra in its new "national portfolio" scheme.[5] 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".

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

In June 2011, the Aurora Orchestra's debut album of Nico Muhly's Seeing is Believing was released.[6] The orchestra has also made commercial albums for Warner Classics.[7][8]

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[9] and in 2014,[10] the latter of which featured the premiere of Meld by Benedict Mason. In this and subsequent appearances at The Proms, the orchestra featured classical symphonies performed entirely from memory by the orchestra:

Aurora is thought to be the first professional orchestra worldwide to perform whole classical symphonies without sheet music as a regular part of its artistic output.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Willson, Flora (2017-06-04). "Aurora Orchestra review – squeaks, lederhosen and raspberries In the Alps". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  2. ^ "Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart? | Classical-Music.com". www.classical-music.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  3. ^ "Full biography - Aurora Orchestra". Aurora Orchestra. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  4. ^ Nick Shave (2011-07-28). "Nicholas Collon: 'We live in the era of iPod shuffle'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  5. ^ "Arts council funding: get the full decisions list". The Guardian (Data Blog). 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  6. ^ Jolly, James (11 May 2011). "Bravo to the Aurora Orchestra and a Nico Muhly album". Gramophone Blogs. Retrieved 11 Sep 2011.
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2014-11-27). "Adams: Chamber Symphony; Copland: Appalachian Spring etc CD review – immensely suggestive". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2015-08-06). "The Aurora Orchestra: Insomnia CD review – a bit of a ragbag". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  9. ^ George Hall (2013-08-01). "Prom 25: Aurora Orchestra/Collon – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  10. ^ Andrew Clements (2014-08-18). "Prom 41: Aurora O/Collon review – an original and compelling score". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  11. ^ George Hall (2015-08-03). "Aurora Orchestra/Collon review – memorable for all the right reasons". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  12. ^ George Hall (2016-08-02). "Aurora O/Collon/BBCSO/Gardner review – pulling out the party tricks". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  13. ^ Prom 32: Inside Shostakovich, retrieved 2018-08-10
  14. ^ Prom 72: Symphonie fantastique, retrieved 2019-08-13
  15. ^ "Musical memory | Why are orchestras learning symphonies off by heart? | Classical-Music.com". www.classical-music.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.

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