Aurora returns to the BBC Proms with a programme featuring works by Brett Dean and Mozart, the world premiere of a BBC Proms commission by Anna Meredith, and a unique performance of Beethoven’s sixth symphony – entirely from memory.
Performing Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 from memory at last year’s BBC Proms ranked as one of the most exhilarating musical experiences in the orchestra’s 10-year history. Nicholas Collon and the Aurora players will continue their journey of discovery at this year’s Prom as they present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, without music stands and printed notes.
The concert will also feature Brett Dean’s extraordinary ‘Pastoral Symphony’ – a celebration of the sounds of birdsong and the threat it faces as a result of increasing urban development. As Brett Dean writes: ‘This piece is about glorious birdsong, the threat that it faces, the loss, and the soulless noise that we’re left with when they’re all gone.’ Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26, featuring internationally-acclaimed pianist Francesco Piemontesi, as well as a new commission from Anna Meredith performed by Aurora alongside young musicians from across London, completes the programme.
Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 K537
Anna Meredith Smatter Hauler (BBC commission: world premiere)
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (‘Pastoral’)
Francesco Piemontesi piano
Nicholas Collon conductor