Aurora BBC Prom Reviews

18th August 2014

The verdicts are in following Aurora’s “breathtaking” and “remarkable” BBC Prom

Aurora performing from memory at the BBC Proms

Aurora returned to the BBC Proms on Saturday 16 August for a truly unique Late Night Prom. The performance opened with Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 – performed entirely from memory – followed by a rendition of Tabakova’s Spinning a Yarn by Aurora’s leader Alexandra Wood (violin) and Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy), before one of the most eagerly anticipated Proms commissions in recent years – Benedict Mason’s Meld.

Mason’s major new work for nearly 150 performers pushed the possibilities of the Royal Albert Hall to their farthest limits, with musicians scattered across every conceivable space. Below are a selection of photos from the concert, giving a sense of the spectacle experienced by the audience in the hall.

And the reviews are in, including Richard Morrison’s 5 start verdict in The Times (“What a Saturday night at the Proms… an avant-garde happening that left one speechless with its epic zaniness”) and 4 stars from the Guardian (“fabulously committed”), Telegraph(“breathtaking”), and Independent (“endlessly playful”).

Prom 41 in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 16 Aug. 2014.  Photo by Mark Allan/BBC
Prom 41 in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 16 Aug. 2014.
Photo by Mark Allan/BBC
Prom 41 in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 16 Aug. 2014.  Photo by Mark Allan/BBC
Prom 41 in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 16 Aug. 2014.
Photo by Mark Allan/BBC