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Aurora Orchestra

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Uploaded on May 6, 2011

"To launch a new orchestra 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." (The Times, 2011)

Since its creation in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation. With flourishing London residencies at LSO St Luke's and Kings Place, a busy regional touring calendar, and an ambitious programme of work beyond the concert hall, Aurora has developed a reputation for virtuosic live performance, innovative programming and adventurous cross-arts collaboration, engaging new audiences in London and beyond.

Recent and current season highlights include concerts as part of the Kings Place Mozart Unwrapped series (alongside guest artists including Rosemary Joshua, Samuel West, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge); a touring production of Alexander Goehr's Promised End with English Touring Opera; and performances at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2010 and 2011 BBC Proms. Aurora's New Moves series at LSO St Luke's has continued to reinvent the classical concert format with eclectic cross-arts programming, fusing orchestral music with film, theatre and dance. As part of its commitment to broadening access to music, the orchestra has worked in scores of schools within and outside London, brought reduced arrangements of symphonic works to audiences with no regular access to orchestral music, and staged family concerts at venues including the Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

June 2011 saw the release of Aurora's debut recording for Decca Classics: a recording of Nico Muhly's music for chamber orchestra. Future engagements include an appearance alongside Angelika Kirchschlager at the Wigmore Hall, première performances of Orlando Gough's Imago with Glyndebourne Community Opera, and New Moves projects fusing orchestral music with klezmer, break dance and jazz.

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