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BBC Proms: Inside Shostakovich

BBC Proms: Inside Shostakovich

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2 in F major
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 in Eb major (from memory)
Presentation of the ninth symphony with live excerpts by Tom Service and Nicholas Collon

Denis Kozhukhin
Nicholas Collon conductor/presenter
Tom Service presenter
Concept, direction and script by Jane Mitchell, Nicholas Collon & Tom Service

Aurora returns to the BBC Proms with an all-Shostakovich programme, performing the composer’s ninth symphony from memory.

Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon again teams up with BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service to offer audiences a uniquely vivid musical introduction with live excerpts. They unpack the musical architecture of Shostakovich’s ninth symphony with its fleet-footed melodies and dance-filled rhythms, before Aurora musicians put it back together again in a full performance of the work. Completing the programme, pianist Denis Kozhukhin makes his debut with us in Shostakovich’s much-loved second piano concerto.

“Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.” (The New York Times) 

Discover more about our memorised performances at our By Heart page.

Tickets go on sale 12 May.