Objects at an Exhibition

26th November 2014

Aurora Orchestra collaborates with NMC Recordings and the Science Museum for an immersive exploration of sound, science and space.

A mind map on a stand

Aurora Orchestra, NMC Recordings and the Science Museum are collaborating to create Objects at an Exhibition– a 21st-century re-imagining of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This pioneering project will connect composers, performers, and members of the public, and will culminate in an ambitious staged event at the Science Museum in October 2015.

NMC has commissioned six composers (Gerald Barry, Barry Guy, Christopher Mayo, Claudia Molitor, Thea Musgrave, and David Sawer), each to write a short piece inspired by the Science Museum’s world renowned collections and stimulating galleries and exhibitions. The compositions will be recorded for NMC by Aurora, and premiered in October 2015 in promenade-style live performances at the Science Museum, where the audience will experience each work alongside the object or setting that inspired it.

The partner organisations will also run an education project in schools from the Tri-borough Music Hub area. Key stage 3 students will participate in a series of interactive workshops, following in the footsteps of the commissioned composers, to explore curriculum science topics through composition. Students will work alongside Aurora musicians using traditional and experimental compositional methods and improvisation to create their own works.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

This ground-breaking project forms the centrepiece of NMC’s 25th anniversary celebrations, and it will also be a major showcase in Aurora’s own 10th anniversary season of events in 2015/16.

This large-scale and complex project will cost £148,000 to stage. A large portion of the project budget has already been raised from trusts and foundations, but there is still a funding gap to be met. NMC have therefore launched a campaign as part of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, which seeks to raise £10,000 and offers match funding for donations made online – the £10,000 target has the potential to become £20,000 via NMC’s secured pledge funding and Big Give match funding.

Aurora is delighted to support NMC in their campaign and we hope that you will want to join us by donating towards this exciting project. Click here to make a donation now!

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is time-limited, so please donate online at 10am on 04/05/06 December so that NMC can secure the maximum amount of match funding available each day. Match funds are limited and run out early so please donate at 10am on these days. You can add Gift Aid to your donation too.

Your help will enable NMC, Science Museum and Aurora Orchestra to stage this ambitious piece of ‘Orchestral Theatre’ and we hope you will enjoy following the progress of this exciting partnership and be able to join us in October 2015 for the promenade event.

In return for your support, NMC are offering the following rewards:

  • A name credit on the NMC website page for Objects at an Exhibition
  • Regular project updates by email
  • Advance notice to purchase the Objects at an Exhibition album featuring the six commissions
  • 20% discount on the album release
  • Free copy of the album to donors over £150
  • CD booklet credit and premiere event ticket for donors over £500

The commissions for Objects at an Exhibition are supported by PRS for Music Foundation and the Britten-Pears Foundation.