Aurora Orchestra in Brazil as part of British Council Transform Programme

24th April 2014

Aurora Orchestra in Brazil as part of British Council Transform Programme including a special performance on 28 April at the ‘MultiOrchestra’ Conference in Belo Horizonte

Aurora Orchestra visits Brazil this week under the auspices of the British Council’s Transform programme, which aims to foster artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil.  As part of the visit the orchestra will perform at the opening of a major international conference in Belo Horizonte designed to nurture connections between the British and Brazilian orchestral sectors, hosted in partnership with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais and the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) with the support of Arts Council England.  The conference is a milestone in the broader Transform Orchestra Leadership programme.

Brazil’s flourishing network of professional symphony orchestras has been a significant classical music success story of recent years, with ever-expanding audiences and the rapidly-increasing international profile of the country’s leading performing organisations (including the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Marin Alsop’s artistic direction). Aurora has been invited to showcase the kind of smaller chamber orchestra performance which has not yet developed as part of Brazil’s orchestral landscape, highlighting the opportunities for creative programming and innovative concert presentation which this model creates.  The orchestra will present one of its eclectic and immersive ‘orchestral theatre’ programmes: inspired by themes of paper, trees, and unfolding stories, ‘On Paper’ features ten of the orchestra’s principal players in a theatrical programme combining repertoire by Bartók, Brahms, Adès, Ligeti, Britten and Berio, and a new work by Anna Meredith.

As part of the visit Aurora has also invited regular collaborator John Barber to lead a series of composition workshops in both São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, during which local students will work with Aurora players to create new music together, and go on to perform side-by-side in concert.   The São Paulo workshops include students from Brazil’s thriving national music education programme the Guri Project, which tackles social exclusion through music and reaches over 13,000 students in São Paulo alone.

Aurora performances in Brazil

24 April: Santa Marcelina University Auditorium, São Paulo
26 April: Fundação de Educação Artística, Belo Horizonte
27 April: Teatro Cine Brasil, Belo Horizonte
28 April: Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte (part of MultiOrchestra Conference)

Concert programme: ‘On Paper’

• Britten – Prologue from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
• Ligeti – ‘Dialogue’ from Solo Sonata for Cello
• Barber – Excursions
• Brahms – Andante from Horn Trio in E-flat major
• Berio – Psy
• Bartok – Contrasts
• Couperin (arr. Thomas Adès)  – Les barricades mystérieuses
• Hanneke Cassel (arr. Iain Farrington) – Dusky Meadow (folk fiddle medley)
• Anna Meredith – Origami Songs
• De Falla – ‘Asturiana’ from Seven Spanish Folk Songs
• Britten – Epilogue from Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings 

Further details of ‘Transform’ orchestral leadership conference click here.