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Earthly Rituals

Earthly Rituals

This project has regrettably been cancelled. 

Harrison Birtwistle Cortege
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’ (from memory)

Yeol Eum Son piano
Nicholas Collon conductor

This striking programme includes a symphony performed entirely from memory, a work of orchestral theatre from the incomparable imagination of Harrison Birtwistle, and a collaboration with star pianist Yeol Eum Son.

Known for her thoughtful interpretation of Mozart, Son performs Mozart’s A-major Piano Concerto K488, by turns jubilant and melancholic. This masterpiece is paired with a rare opportunity to experience Birtwistle’s Cortege for 14 musicians, a virtuosic work in which musicians take turns to deliver a solo line from the centre of the ensemble, creating a kind of ritualised dance. Aurora then presents one of its distinctive memorised performances of a whole symphony with an electrifying interpretation of Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.


This concert originally announced Ingrid Fliter as the piano soloist. However, due to Ingrid’s forthcoming maternity leave, she regrets that she must cancel her appearance. We are thrilled to have Yeol Eum Son replace her.


Mozart’s Piano is generously supported by:

The Parabola Foundation (principal supporter)
An Anonymous Donor
Nicholas & Margo Snowman
Aurora Orchestra’s Concerto Patrons & Friends

Aurora gratefully acknowledges the additional support of Bärenreiter and Green & Fortune for the Mozart’s Piano series.

As we approach the culmination of Mozart’s Piano in 2020 we would like you to join us. Be part of the final year by sponsoring a concerto or supporting the series. Find out more here.