Aurora returns to the BBC Proms on Saturday 16 August for a truly unique Late Night Prom – a performance event which promises to leave behind many of the conventions of the orchestral concert. We’re not giving too much away before the evening, but hope you’ll come and experience for yourself an extraordinary combination of music, movement and surprise, quite unlike anything previously staged as part of the Proms series.
At the heart of the programme is Benedict Mason’s Meld, a major new work for nearly 150 performers which pushes the possibilities of the Royal Albert Hall to their farthest limits. Combining music with a sense of spectacle, Meld’s extraordinary score is a tour de force of orchestral and choral theatre as much as a pioneering musical achievement. (The traditional standing places for Prommers in the Arena and Gallery of the Royal Albert Hall will not be available, with Prommers allocated seats as part of the composer’s artistic vision.)
The concert opens with a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 which the Aurora players will perform from memory. And there’s also a cameo appearance from the world’s leading hurdy-gurdy player, Stevie Wishart, appearing alongside Aurora’s own Alexandra Wood for Dobrinka Tabakova’s haunting Spinning a Yarn.
Full details and tickets over at the BBC Proms website.
Saturday 16 August, 10.15pm
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550
Dobrinka Tabakova Spinning a Yarn
Benedict Mason Meld (world premiere)
Alexandra Wood violin
Stevie Wishart hurdy-gurdy
Nicholas Collon conductor