Aurora Orchestra aspires to be the world’s most creative orchestra, combining the highest quality of performance with an exceptional breadth of artistic horizons and a trailblazing approach to concert presentation. It seeks to reach new audiences through an outward-looking and collaborative approach to orchestral music-making, built on an unparalleled range of creative partnerships and a consciously omnivorous approach to repertoire. Since its launch in 2005, it has worked with a roster of artists ranging from Ian Bostridge, Brett Dean, Anthony Marwood and Sarah Connolly to Edmund de Waal, Wayne McGregor and Björk.
Comprising some of the finest of a new generation of British instrumentalists performing under the inspiring direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has embraced an entrepreneurial and risk-taking approach to programming and concert presentation, overturning preconceptions about what an orchestra should and can do on the concert platform. Resident Orchestra at Kings Place since 2009, Aurora was also Associate Orchestra at LSO St Luke’s from 2010–2015, and in 2016 became Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre. Aurora performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Opera House (Linbury Theatre), and has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall as part of each of the past eight BBC Proms seasons. In addition to performing a wide variety of existing repertoire (from early baroque music to contemporary masterpieces), Aurora has maintained a particular commitment to featuring new music at the heart of its output.
Driven by a commitment to ensure its work is accessible to all, Aurora has also rapidly become one of the UK’s busiest touring ensembles, within and beyond the UK. With some 80 concerts each year, the orchestra currently performs to over 30,000 people across the UK and internationally annually.
In 2019, in addition to a concert in Singapore, the Aurora Orchestra partners with YST on the Double Time programme, conducting workshops for children aged 9-11 years who are learning a second instrument under YST orchestral pedagogy students, in a creative and exploratory environment.
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