What’s on

‘Pastoral’ from Memory

Fri 22 September 2017

7.30pm, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Canterbury

Aurora returns to Canterbury to perform Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony from memory with BBC Radio 3's Tom Service presenting.

Why Birds Sing

Sun 24 September 2017

3.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins Aurora for a birdsong-themed programme of music by Beethoven, Messiaen and Brett Dean.   

Hatfield House

Thu 28 September 2017

7.30pm, The Old Palace

We join celebrated musicians Ian Bostridge, Guy Johnston, and Nicolas Fleury for the Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, a programme that includes Beethoven's 'Pastoral' performed from memory.

Kölner Philharmonie

Sun 1 October 2017

6.00pm, Cologne, Germany

Aurora debuts at the renowned Kölner Philharmonie with British tenor Ian Bostridge.

Settimane Musicali di Ascona

Fri 6 October 2017

8.30pm, Ascona, Switzerland

Aurora joins renowned pianist Stephen Kovacevich at the Settimane Musicali of Ascona festival.

Mozart’s Piano: Vienna, City of Dreams

Wed 11 October 2017 – Sat 14 October 2017

  • Wed 11 October 2017, 7.30PM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 14 October 2017, 7.30PM – {Venue, Name of City}

Various Venues

A programme of works rooted in Vienna includes Mahler's epic symphonic song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, with world-class soloists Sarah Connolly and Andrew Staples.

In Conversation: Arranging Das Lied

Sat 14 October 2017

6.15pm, St Pancras Room, Kings Place

For this free pre-concert talk, Nicholas Collon is joined by Aurora arranger-in-residence Iain Farrington to discuss Das Lied von der Erde.

The Lock-In: Party in Vienna

Sat 14 October 2017

10.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Co-founded by Aurora’s Principal Viola Max Baillie, the ingenious ZRI have reimagined works by Brahms, Schubert, Mahler and Mozart to include clarinet, santouri (cymbalom) and accordion as well as traditional folk melodies.

In Conversation: The Labèques

Fri 24 November 2017

6.15pm, St Pancras Room, Kings Place

Join us for this free event, where Igor Toronyi-Lalic hosts a pre-concert talk with the Labèques, discussing their illustrious career and their relationship to Mozart.

Mozart’s Piano: Echoes of Mozart

Fri 24 November 2017

7.30pm, Hall One, Kings Place

The incomparable Labèque sisters return to Kings Place for Mozart's double piano concerto, as part of a programme also featuring Schubert's best-loved symphony.

The Lock-In: As darkness falls

Fri 24 November 2017

10.00pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

For this special late-night performance, be completely enveloped in the music as we lower the lights and invite you to come and sit or lie down in and amongst the musicians.

Tchaikovsky and the Marvellous Kingdom

Sat 25 November 2017 – Sun 3 December 2017

  • Sat 25 November 2017, 10.30AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sun 3 December 2017, 11.00AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sun 3 December 2017, 10.00AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 2 December 2017, 12.00PM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 2 December 2017, 11.00AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 2 December 2017, 10.00AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sun 26 November 2017, 12.00PM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 25 November 2017, 12.30PM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sat 25 November 2017, 11.30AM – {Venue, Name of City}
  • Sun 3 December 2017, 12.00PM – {Venue, Name of City}

Kings Place

Aurora continues its family concerts with a glittering adventure through Tchaikovsky's enchanting ballet music.

In Search of Mozart

Sat 9 December 2017

4.30pm, St. Pancras Room, Kings Place

Join us for a pre-concert film screening of 'In Search of Mozart', narrated by Juliet Stevenson and with Mozart voiced by Samuel West.

Mozart’s Piano: Exsultate, Jubilate

Sat 9 December 2017

7.30pm, Hall One, Kings Place

Usher in the festive season with this joyful all-Mozart programme, featuring two of the UK's finest young soloists and readings by Samuel West.

The Lock-In: The Masque of the Red Death

Sat 9 December 2017

10.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Join Aurora musicians in an evening of mystery, drama and games as we explore Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpiece The Masque of the Red Death.

In conversation: Shai Wosner

Sat 10 February 2018

6.00pm, St. Pancras Room

Shai Wosner speaks to Aurora Chief Executive John Harte about his wide-ranging musical interests and why Schubert’s ‘Trout’ quintet is such a remarkable chamber piece.

Mozart’s Piano: Happy Little Fish

Sat 10 February 2018

7.00pm, Kings Place

The versatile pianist Shai Wosner joins Aurora for an eclectic programme which includes Schubert's 'Trout' quintet, one of the greatest works in the canon of chamber music.

The Lock-In: Électronique

Sat 10 February 2018

9.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Explore the bold possibilities of instrumental and electronic music with principal cellist Sébastien van Kuijk and his genre-defying ensemble.

Mozart’s Piano: Sparks and Flickers

Sat 7 April 2018

7.00pm, Hall One, Kings Place

Aurora performs an engrossing programme that shifts from the introspective to the exuberant with pianist Charles Owen.

The Lock-In: Night Dances

Sat 7 April 2018

9.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Experience an immersive, unsettling journey through night-time waltzes with principal pianist John Reid and illustrator Will Lindley.

In conversation: Charles Owen and Martin Suckling

Wed 18 April 2018

6.00pm, St. Pancras Room, Kings Place

Charles Owen and Martin Suckling discuss their musical inspirations and the evening's programme with Aurora Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon.

Ligeti Concertos

Sun 13 May 2018

3.00pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall

For this special concert, three of the world’s great Ligeti interpreters join Aurora under Nicholas Collon to perform some of his most imaginative and powerful music.

In conversation: Aurora players on memorised performance

Sun 1 July 2018

6.00pm, St. Pancras Room

Aurora players reflect on their experience performing from memory and discuss why they find it so musically enriching.

Mozart’s Piano: From Memory, In Memory

Sun 1 July 2018

7.00pm, Hall One, Kings Place

The only orchestra in the world to perform whole symphonies from memory, Aurora brings this unique and thrilling artistic style to Kings Place for the first time.

The Lock-In: Hoedown

Sun 1 July 2018

9.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Grab a partner, put on your cowboy boots, and learn the steps to a raucous hoedown with Principal Double Bassist Ben Griffiths and his bluegrass/country band.

Mozart’s Piano: The Kaleidoscope

Sat 13 October 2018

7.00pm, Hall One, Kings Place

Aurora explores musical extraordinaires from the 18th century to the modern day with celebrated pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

In conversation: Jörg Widmann and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Sat 13 October 2018

7.00pm, St. Pancras Room, Kings Place

Jörg Widmann and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet discuss their careers and relationship to Mozart’s music with Aurora Chief Executive John Harte.

The Lock-In: Beethoven and the Dinosaurs

Sat 13 October 2018

9.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Soar with a pterodactyl, dance with a stegosaurus and rediscover your inner child.

Mozart’s Piano: A Viennese New Year

Mon 31 December 2018

6.00pm, Hall One, Kings Place

Aurora brings the year to a close in style with a New Year’s Eve programme in the company of world-class pianist Imogen Cooper.

The Lock-In: NYE Party

Mon 31 December 2018

9.15pm, Hall Two, Kings Place

Ring in the new year with an adventurous night packed with food and drink, performances, activities, and special guests curated by Aurora Principal Players.