Our Collected Stories, 2018/19 London Season

11th September 2018

A superhuman who travels by sound, a double bass that gradually possesses its owner, a mysterious garden that appears in the most unlikely of places…

We’re very excited to share with you our recently published book Aurora Orchestra: Collected Stories – a colourful collection of short stories inspired by our 2018/19 London season. Written by Kate Wakeling (Writer-in-Residence) and designed by Nick Eagleton (Designer-in-Residence), these stories give voice to the vivid characters, colours and moods of our upcoming concerts. We hope you enjoy discovering these literary adventures and entering the world of the new Aurora season –  a season that…

  • presents vibrant Mozart’s Piano concerts as Resident Orchestra at Kings Place, continuing our unprecedented five-year journey through the complete cycle of Mozart’s piano concertos
  • stages our boldest Orchestral Theatre productions to date as Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre – ranging from ghost stories to journeys of migration to cosmic sounds of wonder (including memorised performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • shines a light on music by women composers, including Anna Meredith, Missy Mazzoli and Emily Hall, as part of Venus Unwrapped at Kings Place
  • welcomes an exceptional range of guest artists, including Pekka Kuusisto, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Yeol Eum Son, Teitur, Mara Carlyle, Ali Sethi and Sam Amidon
  • presents commissions by the distinct voices of today, including composers Max Richter, Du Yun, and Nico Muhly
  • continues our ever-popular series of Far, Far Away storytelling concerts for children and families (including a first production for grow-ups) with themes from Beethoven and the Dinosaurs to Mozart in the Garden
  • curates late-night Lock-In concerts at Kings Place including a New Year’s Eve party with Aurora Players in collaboration with Teitur, Nico Muhly, Lips Choir, Jessie Maryon Davies, and Nwando Ebizie (Lady Vendredi)

For more details about each concert, head to What’s On.

We’re excited to launch the full season this Sunday with a theatrical concert of ghost stories and orchestral music awakening the spirits of Frankenstein and Beethoven – Smoke and Mirrors, Sunday 16 September 4pm at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Featuring specially commissioned costumes, audio, and lighting, this Orchestral Theatre production sees us perform HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (performed from memory).

To get a hold of your copy of Aurora Orchestra: Collected Stories, simply come to one of our concerts, sign up to our newsletter and add your mailing address, or update your details if you’re already on our newsletter list.

Enjoy the read.