Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques
Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony
Ligeti Poème symphonique
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’ (from memory)

Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Nicholas Collon conductor

Aurora continues its pioneering Orchestral Theatre series with a concert inspired by birdsong, interweaving animation, audio storytelling, birdsong recordings, and a surprise installation with live performance – inviting you to explore a multi-sensory world of the symphony.


Pierre-Laurent Aimard gives his first appearance as Southbank Centre Associate Artist in Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques – arguably the greatest musical exploration of birdsong ever penned. Brett Dean’s extraordinary Pastoral Symphony combines field recordings of butcherbirds in the Australian outback with a virtuosic score that also rages against the destruction of nature at the hands of humanity. And Aurora reprises the memorised performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 which electrified audiences at the BBC Proms back in 2015.

This project is developed as part of The Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series at Southbank Centre. The series is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (in memory of Sir Claus Moser), Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, and the Hargreaves & Ball Trust.

For more about our memorised performance strand, please click here.

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