Bursting with virtuosity, eclecticism and intrepid collaboration, Aurora’s 2013 season offers a truly exhilarating array of new projects. Under the inspirational artistic direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, the orchestra presents its busiest and most diverse calendar of events to date, guided as ever by a commitment to thrill new audiences with great music, brilliantly performed.
As Associate Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s, Aurora continues to build on the success of its cross-art form New Moves series, with ground-breaking new collaborations featuring music ranging from Vivaldi to The Beatles via Beethoven, Mahler and Britten. Aurora is also this year formally installed as Resident Orchestra at Kings Place, where it presents several highlights of the venue’s flagship Bach Unwrapped season (including performances of the St John Passion and Mass in B minor alongside the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge). In addition, 2013 sees the launch of the orchestra’s Zeitgeist series at the Southbank Centre, offering a uniquely intimate and immersive experience of key twentieth-century masterpieces.
Alongside these year-long series, Aurora also returns to Wigmore Hall for a celebration of the music of Julian Anderson, and makes a debut appearance at the iconic Hammersmith Apollo. In addition to its UK touring schedule, the orchestra is busier than ever on the international stage, with touring appearances including performances at the Shanghai Concert Hall and the Hermitage Theatre in St Petersburg.
This season is packed with an unprecedented wealth of guest artists of the very highest calibre. In addition to a host of world-class singers – including John Mark Ainsley, Allan Clayton, Iestyn Davies, James Gilchrist, Rosemary Joshua, Andrew Staples and Hilary Summers – we also welcome instrumental soloists including Colin Currie and Erik Bosgraaf, writer Edmund de Waal, actors Samuel West and Henry Goodman, and the incomparably flexible global stars Wallace and Gromit.
We hope you’ll enjoy browsing through the brochure as much as we’ve relished putting the season together.