Recordings

Below you’ll find a full list of all of the recordings we’ve been involved with over the years, including links to purchase for each. You can also listen to most of these albums through Spotify – click through to our Watch & listen page for embedded playlists.

Insomnia [buy on Amazon / iTunes]
Warner Classics, 2015

An album which takes the listener on a journey through the darkness of a troubled night, in the company of tenor Allan Clayton.  Featuring music by Ivor Gurney, Thomas Adès, Benjamin Britten, The Beatles and R.E.M.

“Barely ten years old, the Aurora Orchestra – and more particularly its bold, eclectic programming – has put a tiger in the tank of London music-making. This riveting album shows how.” The Times

“It is worth staying awake for this eclectic programme on the theme of night, if only to hear which musical frontier it will cross next.” The Financial Times

Road Trip [buy on Amazon / iTunes]
Warner Classics, 2014

Aurora’s debut for Warner Classics features an all-American programme of music by Copland, Ives and John Adams, as well as new folk/pop arrangements by Nico Muhly in performances with singers Sam Amidon and Dawn Landes. The disc won a German ECHO Klassik Award in 2015 in the ‘Classics without Frontiers’ category.

“It says much for the orchestra’s imagination and that of its conductor, Nicholas Collon, that the disc has the true feel and immediacy of a live concert with an arresting variety of styles cohesively drawn into a glowingly organic whole… With such astute planning and with playing of the first order, this CD amounts to much more than the sum of its parts.” The Telegraph

“Like Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation, the youthful Aurora Orchestra is on the road… The performances, directed by Nicholas Collon, are crisp and bright, rising to virtuoso level in John Adams’s scintillating Chamber Symphony.” Financial Times

Seeing is Believing [buy on Amazon / iTunes]
Decca Classics, 2011

In October 2010, Aurora visited Snape in Suffolk to record Nico Muhly’s music for chamber orchestra, including original compositions and instrumental arrangements of Renaissance choral motets.  The project marked the culmination of a relationship with Muhly which started three years earlier, with the orchestra’s commissioning Muhly to write the concerto for electric violin Seeing is Believing. 

“Like so much of Muhly’s music, it is immediately engaging and fresh, with some delicious sounds and striking moments, especially the keening glissandi for the solo violin that open the work…” The Guardian

“It is hard to imagine performances more assured and expressive than these by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra. One of the most ear-catching discs to come my way in a long time.” BBC Music Magazine

External collaborations

Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi [Amazon / iTunes]
Decca Classics, 2016)

Augusta Read Thomas: Of Being is a bird [Amazon / iTunes]
(Nimbus Records, 2016)

John Rutter: Visions & Requiem [Amazon / iTunes]
(Collegium, 2016)

Michael Gordon: Gotham [Amazon / iTunes]
(Cantaloupe Music, 2015)

Objects at an Exhibition [Amazon / iTunes]
(NMC, 2015)

Voice of Hope: Pumeza Matshikiza [Amazon / iTunes]
(Decca Classics, 2014)

Paul Mealor: I Saw Eternity [Amazon / iTunes]
(Decca Classics, 2014)

This is the Day: Music on Royal Occasions [Amazon / iTunes]
(Collegium, 2012)

Reflections [Amazon / iTunes]
(Clarinet Classics, 2008)