Aurora Orchestra aims to inspire, challenge and astonish new audiences with great music, brilliantly performed. It seeks to be the UK’s most versatile orchestra, combining world-class performance with eclectic and innovative programming, a commitment to adventurous collaboration across perceived frontiers of musical genre and artistic form, and a refusal to be bound by convention.
Aurora’s work is underpinned by a belief that its dynamic and outward-looking team of players, comprising some of the outstanding soloists of a new generation of British instrumentalists, represents a uniquely powerful force for the development of new audiences for orchestral music in the UK. Recognising the potential of the chamber orchestra for innovative, flexible, and collaborative performance, it strives to re-invent the format for an era in which the boundaries of musical style and artistic disciplines have become ever more porous. Aurora celebrates the resulting possibilities for new partnerships within the arts, and looks to shatter preconceptions of how, where, and to whom ‘classical’ music should be presented.
Guided by the passionate conviction that its entire programme of work should be accessible to as many as possible, including in particular young people and those with limited access to live music, Aurora enables the performance, creation, and appreciation of inspirational live music in myriad settings beyond the concert hall. A young orchestra itself, Aurora believes it has a special responsibility to make significant contributions to the delivery of arts for young people and provide a clear vision for the future of orchestral music.
Aurora’s offices have been based at Kings Place, in north London, since 2009.