Be part of Aurora’s 2015/16 season

22nd July 2015

Volunteers needed.

Wormhole navigator? Ventrical key-holder? Reflective kite-flyer? Gentle guide?

All or None of the above?

Read on…

On Saturday 3 October Aurora will present a unique live musical performance at the Science Museum called Objects at an Exhibition. If you haven’t heard about this already, it comprises six newly-commissioned pieces inspired by objects and galleries in this world-renowned institution, commissioned by NMC Recordings in collaboration with the Museum itself. Full performance details can be found here.

Aurora is seeking to recruit around 50 volunteer participants to help us present this one-off event. Each participant will have a specific role in helping to animate the audience’s experience, navigating people between locations through prepared routes, or mobilising with others for interventions during the show.

No performance skills or experience of any kind are necessary – just the time to be able to commit to rehearsals and the performance, working with director Tim Hopkins and his team, which will take place at the Science Museum.

The performance itself will require a degree of stamina – from the arrival of the first audience member to the departure of the last may take 4 hours – and although activity will be carefully paced, with moments for rest, volunteers should be prepared potentially to be mobile throughout.

Rehearsals are currently scheduled at the Science Museum as follows:

1) Sunday 20 September 2015, 7pm-9pm
2) Sunday 27 September 2015, 6.30pm-9.30pm
3) Monday 28 September 2015, 6.30pm-10pm (dress rehearsal)
4) Saturday 3 October 2015, 6.30pm-10.30pm (performance)

This performance will be the first time any commissions of this kind have been presented by the Museum, and brings together some truly distinguished composers and fascinating objects of inspiration, including David Sawer (the London-York mail coach) Barry Guy (Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine) Claudia Molitor (2LO, the BBC’s first radio transmitter) Thea Musgrave (the Energy Hall) and others. This is also your opportunity to be part of the first event of Aurora’s most ambitious and vibrant season to date.

We’d love as many of you as possible to be part of this – if you’d be willing, and would be available to rehearse on the dates above, please do let us know as soon as possible. Given the potential responsibility of the task, and rules and regulations, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept anyone aged under 16 as a volunteer participant – although family groups, or other members of volunteers’ families or friends groups are very much welcome as audience members. To book tickets as part of the audience click here.

Volunteer participation will be organised on a first-come, first-served basis. To volunteer, or find out more, email volunteers@auroraorchestra.com, by Monday 10 August.

UPDATE 12 AUGUST:
We’ve had a wonderful response so far to our call for volunteers, and are now just looking for half a dozen more people to complete our team. We’ve extended the deadline for expressions of interest until THIS FRIDAY, 14 August: write to volunteers@auroraorchestra.com if you’d like to take part in this unique project.