The Science Museum awakens after dark with a unique walk-through concert featuring six world-premiere performances. Re-imagining Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for the twenty-first century, Aurora presents a series of new works, commissioned by NMC Recordings, exploring the Museum’s world-renowned collection. Each is performed in the presence of the object or space which inspired its composition, including the London-York mail coach, Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, 2L0 (the BBC’s first radio transmitter), and the Flight Gallery.
Devised in collaboration with director Tim Hopkins (with whom Aurora staged its acclaimed Thriller project in 2011), this is the first orchestral concert performance ever to take over the galleries of one of Europe’s great museums. Immerse yourself in a series of astonishing new musical sounds, and the creative imagination behind the objects that inspired them, as we guide you from one location to another, through spaces intimate and mighty, functional and grand, to encounter wonders of visionary science in new artistic light.
Objects at an Exhibition is supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation, The Boltini Trust, The Ernest Cook Trust, RVW Trust, the Ambache Charitable Trust, the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, and individual donors to NMC Recordings.
Gerald Barry The One-Armed Pianist
Barry Guy “Mr Babbage is Coming to Dinner!”
Christopher Mayo Supermarine
Claudia Molitor 2TwoLO
Thea Musgrave Power Play
David Sawer Coachman Chronos
Tim Hopkins Director
Nicholas Collon Conductor
Ben Palmer Assistant Conductor
The Objects at an Exhibition album is out now and available to purchase as a CD here or as a digital download here.
Special event notes:
Dur: c. 2h45 with interval
Doors open at 7pm and audience members are requested to arrive no later than 7.30pm for a prompt 7.45pm start. No latecomers will be admitted to the performance.
Please note that the audience will be divided into two groups before the performance. Every effort will be made to keep group bookings together but this cannot be guaranteed.
Access: this is a walk-through concert with no fixed seating. Audience members will be supplied with a floor cushion upon arrival for use throughout the performance. Should you have any special access or seating requirements, please contact the Science Museum box office to arrange your booking.
A cash bar will be available to purchase drinks for the interval.
This event will be filmed.