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Ivor Gurney (arr. Iain Farrington) Sleep
François Couperin (arr. Thomas Adès) Les barricades mystérieuses
Lennon & McCartney Blackbird
Ligeti Poème Symphonique
Vivaldi Flute Concerto in G minor Op. 10, No. 2, La Notte (‘The Night’)
Britten Nocturne
Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony

Allan Clayton tenor
Nicholas Collon conductor

To open its residency at the Melbourne Festival, Aurora collaborates with tenor Allan Clayton to present a unique and haunting ‘orchestral theatre’ performance built around Britten’s Nocturne.  Charting a course through the darkness of a troubled night, the programme features a kaleidoscope of repertoire including music by Vivaldi, Ligeti, The Beatles and Thomas Adès. Brett Dean’s extraordinary Pastoral Symphony – an elegiac meditation on the beauty of birdsong, and its inexorable silencing at the hands of man – completes a richly eclectic journey.

Aurora’s collaboration with Allan Clayton is supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Presented by Melbourne Festival and Australian National Academy of Music