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Shostakovich By Heart – The Apex

Ukrainian virtuoso Valeriy Sokolov joins us as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, before we bring our signature memorised performance style to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9.

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Introduction to Shostakovich 9 by Nicholas Collon and Tom Service
Shostakovich Symphony No.9 in E flat (performed from memory)

Valeriy Sokolov violin
Tom Service presenter
Nicholas Collon conductor/presenter


Thu 9 June 2022, 7.30pm
The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
£6.50-£34.50

For the latest in its thrilling series of memorised performances, Aurora Orchestra performs Shostakovich’s ninth symphony by heart, harnessing the power of an orchestra playing from memory to explore a 20th-century masterpiece from the inside out. Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon teams up with BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service to offer audiences a uniquely vivid musical introduction with live excerpts. They unpack the musical architecture of the symphony’s fleet-footed melodies and dance-filled rhythms, before Aurora’s musicians put it back together with a complete performance of the work.

To open the concert, Aurora welcomes Kharkiv-born violinist Valeriy Sokolov as soloist for Tchaikovsky’s monumental Violin Concerto.

‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ New York Times