BBC Proms: Zappa soloists announced

26th July 2013


Aurora announces soloists for Zappa’s The Adventures of Greggery Peccary for BBC Proms performance.

Wednesday 31 July 2013, 10.15pm
Royal Albert Hall

Conlon Nancarrow (arr. Yvar Mikashoff) / Study for Player Piano No. 7
Frank Zappa (arr. Ali Askin) / G-Spot Tornado
Philip Glass / Symphony No. 10 (UK première)
Frank Zappa (arr. Ali Askin) / The Adventures of Greggery Peccary 

Christopher Purves (baritone)
Mitch Benn (narrator)
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
Aurora Orchestra

Ahead of its debut evening performance for the BBC Proms on Wednesday 31 July, Aurora is delighted to announce that it will be joined by internationally-acclaimed baritone Christopher Purves and award-winning comedian Mitch Benn as soloists for Frank Zappa’s The Adventures of Greggery Peccary.

Before embarking on a career which sees him in intense demand from the great opera houses of the world – La Scala, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, WNO, Teatro Real Madrid – Christopher Purves was a founder member of rock and roll group Harvey and the Wallbangers. During the mid-eighties, Purves and his fellow Wallbangers packed the Royal Albert Hall with their distinctive fusion of rock, jazz, doo-wop and close harmony, and Aurora is thrilled that he will re-kindle his inner eccentric rock star this month as baritone soloist for this project.

Having long been a mainstay of the BBC’s radio comedy output (including It’s Been a Bad Week, The Now Show, and Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music), Mitch Benn has established himself as one of the most sought-after acts on the UK live comedy circuit. He also appears regularly on BBC1’s The One Show and his comic songs have featured on numerous TV programmes including Channel 4’s Bremner, Bird and Fortune.

Widely regarded as one of Frank Zappa’s finest achievements, The Adventures of Greggery Peccary is a hilarious, richly subversive and musically brilliant mock rock-opera which charts the surreal happenings in a day in the life of a pig named Greggery.  Aurora performs the work on 31 July alongside other American music by Nancarrow and Zappa, and the UK premiere of Phillip Glass’ tenth symphony, first  performed last summer at Aix-en-Provence.

Tickets from £6 available from the Royal Albert Hall website.

Concert end time: approx. 11.30pm