Aurora Orchestra is delighted to announce a new core funding award from Arts Council England and the renewal of its status as part of the National Portfolio of regularly-funded arts organisations. The orchestra has secured a three-year grant of just over £275,000, around 50% higher than the level of its first regular award three years ago. The increased scale of the award reflects the orchestra’s rapid growth over recent seasons, during which Aurora has emerged as a mature ensemble in the first rank of European professional chamber orchestras, with a burgeoning national and international reputation based on performing quality and a pioneering style of programming and presentation.
Chief Executive John Harte said: “We are thrilled that Arts Council England has expanded its commitment to Aurora, and brimful with enthusiasm for the exciting artistic possibilities which this award opens up for coming seasons. Although NPO funding will represent a relatively modest part of Aurora’s overall income – less than 7% of the total revenues we project over this period – it is critically important for us as a foundation around which we can build with confidence and ambition. In the current financial climate we are acutely mindful of the pressures on Arts Council resources, and very grateful for this vital support for our artistic programme. In common with so much of the UK’s vibrant arts sector, Aurora’s programme of activity will continue to offer excellent value for money, with each £1 of NPO investment generating well over ten times that level of artistic output over the grant term.”
Chairman Louis Watt commented: “It’s wonderful news that Arts Council England have chosen to increase their level of regular funding for Aurora. This is testament to the fantastic work the orchestra has done over recent years both on and beyond the concert platform. As the orchestra enters its 10th year, this support will be crucial in ensuring we continue to engage and inspire an ever-wider range of audiences and participants of all backgrounds.”
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