Aurora Orchestra: KlezMahler
What happens when you combine Aurora with a group hailed by Songlines as 'Britain's best Klezmer and Balkan music band'? Come and find out on Sunday 18 November at LSO St Luke's, when we meet She'Koyokh for a unique collaboration. Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 1 (in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra by Iain Farrington) is paired with klezmer and eastern european folk music in new orchestral versions, for a project inspired by Mahler's own love of folk music and its prominence in his first symphony.
Music by Julian Philips
Choreography by Mickaël 'Marso' Rivière
Max Baillie (viola)
Sarita Piotrowski (dancer)
Building on a first break dance ('breaking') collaboration for the 2010 BBC Proms, Aurora joins forces with choreographer Mickael 'Marso' Riviere and breakers from his dance companies, Bboy's Attic and Company Decalage.
A typically eclectic playlist ranges from the baroque fireworks of Biber's Battalia to Barshai's orchestral scoring of Shostakovich's war-themed String Quartet No. 3, and a new breakbeat arrangement of Holst's Mars by Chris Willis. At the heart of the programme is Maxamorphosis, a major new work composed by Julian Philips and choreographed by Marso for chamber orchestra, dancers, and solo viola. Created especially for Aurora's Principal Viola Max Baillie - a trained dancer as well as an instrumentalist -- this is a concerto like no other.
We are hugely grateful to all those who have made this project possible, particularly the RPS Drummond Fund and the PRS Foundation for commissioning grants in support of Maxamorphosis, and Aurora patrons Thomas Ponsonby and Eduardo Tamraz for supporting the development of the choreography. We are also grateful to our New Moves series sponsors, including the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Arts Council England, GML, the Elias Fawcett Trust, and the Mercers' Company.
Aurora Orchestra: Love Song for the City Credits
A video credits roll for Aurora's 2012 debut appearance at Camden's Roundhouse. Sam Swallow joins the orchestra for a performance of Gershwin's 'Foggy Day in London Town', arranged by Iain Farrington. Visuals by Jim Jefferies-Hinson, Stanton Media.
Love Song for the City - Aurora Orchestra at Reverb 2012
Aurora Orchestra debuts at Camden's iconic Roundhouse as part of the Reverb Festival on Saturday 25 February 2012. Tickets from £10 at www.roundhouse.org.uk, or watch online at www.auroraorchestra.com.
Aurora's debut appearance at Camden's legendary Roundhouse, Love Song for the City journeys from violence and destruction to rebirth and the vibrancy of urban life. The desolate post-war German cities of Strauss' Metamorphosen give way to the dizzying growth of modern New York as imagined by Michael Gordon in Gotham, with breathtaking black-and-white film by Bill Morrison. Iain Farrington's virtuosic chamber orchestra arrangement of the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story completes a visceral paean to the city in all its guises.
This performance will be streamed live on the Guardian website and to audiences at Alnwick Playhouse, Gala Theatre Durham, and Berwick Maltings.
Aurora Orchestra: New Moves 2012 series trailer
Aurora's pioneering cross-arts 'New Moves' series was launched at LSO St Luke's in 2010. The series aims to celebrate young talent, ignite dialogue between art forms, and reach new audiences for classical music. Re-inventing the orchestral concert for an era in which the boundaries of musical style and artistic disciplines have become ever more porous, the 2012 series has attracted critical acclaim, with a recent Times review noting:
"In a city suffocating with musical activity, Nicholas Collon's Aurora Orchestra lets in more fresh air than most. The aim is to make an audience hear anew, not by sugaring any pills, not by didactic explanation, not by light-shows, but by context... I was gripped from start to finish. And the music was performed to exquisite perfection."
2012 New Moves events include:
LOVE SONG FOR THE CITY
Roundhouse, 25 February
Strauss / Gordon / Bernstein
with film by Bill Morrison
FAR, FAR AWAY
LSO St Luke's, 13 March
Wagner / Anderson / Copland
With five-piece folk band Harry Oakwood
LSO St Luke's, 13 July
Biber / Holst / Shostakovich / Philips
With breakdance from Bboy's Attic and Company Decalage
LSO St Luke's, 18 November
Mahler / Klezmer
With special klezmer guests to be announced
"To launch a new orchestra in the cut-throat musical marketplace that is London requires courage and conviction. To sustain it through five seasons, during which you programme everything from the Baroque sounds of Gabrieli and Lully to the avant-garde scores of Berio and Adams, shows brilliance as well as bravado." (The Times, 2011)
Since its creation in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation. With flourishing London residencies at LSO St Luke's and Kings Place, a busy regional touring calendar, and an ambitious programme of work beyond the concert hall, Aurora has developed a reputation for virtuosic live performance, innovative programming and adventurous cross-arts collaboration, engaging new audiences in London and beyond.
Recent and current season highlights include concerts as part of the Kings Place Mozart Unwrapped series (alongside guest artists including Rosemary Joshua, Samuel West, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge); a touring production of Alexander Goehr's Promised End with English Touring Opera; and performances at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2010 and 2011 BBC Proms. Aurora's New Moves series at LSO St Luke's has continued to reinvent the classical concert format with eclectic cross-arts programming, fusing orchestral music with film, theatre and dance. As part of its commitment to broadening access to music, the orchestra has worked in scores of schools within and outside London, brought reduced arrangements of symphonic works to audiences with no regular access to orchestral music, and staged family concerts at venues including the Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
June 2011 saw the release of Aurora's debut recording for Decca Classics: a recording of Nico Muhly's music for chamber orchestra. Future engagements include an appearance alongside Angelika Kirchschlager at the Wigmore Hall, première performances of Orlando Gough's Imago with Glyndebourne Community Opera, and New Moves projects fusing orchestral music with klezmer, break dance and jazz.
Aurora Orchestra: Mozart's Linz Symphony at Kings Place
The final movement from Mozart's Symphony No. 36 ('Linz'), recorded live at Kings Place on 6 January 2011. Aurora Orchestra is conducted by Nicholas Collon and led by Thomas Gould.
For more information see www.auroraorchestra.com
Carnival of the Animals: The Elephant
Part of Aurora Orchestra's 2010 commission from students of Moving Image at Central St Martins for Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals': 'The Elephant', by Olga Lobanova. Screened to live orchestral accompaniment at LSO St Luke's as part of Aurora's 'New Moves' season, October 2010. For more information see www.auroraorchestra.com.
Carnival of the Animals: Wild Asses
Part of Aurora Orchestra's 2010 commission from students of Moving Image at Central St Martins for Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals': 'Wild Asses', by Divina Kum-Jones-Alleyne. Screened to live orchestral accompaniment at LSO St Luke's as part of Aurora's 'New Moves' season, October 2010. For more information see www.auroraorchestra.com.
Carnival of the Animals: Kangaroos
Part of Aurora Orchestra's 2010 commission from students of Moving Image at Central St Martins for Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals': 'Kangaroos', by Mts Jia Wang and Yu-Ro Huang. Screened to live orchestral accompaniment at LSO St Luke's as part of Aurora's 'New Moves' season, October 2010. For more information see www.auroraorchestra.com.
Carnival of the Animals: Fossils
Part of Aurora Orchestra's 2010 commission from students of Moving Image at Central St Martins for Saint-Saëns' 'Carnival of the Animals': 'Fossils', by Shih-Yu Huang and Leo Man Hin Chan. Screened to live orchestral accompaniment at LSO St Luke's as part of Aurora's 'New Moves' season, October 2010. For more information see www.auroraorchestra.com.
Capoeira fusion ballet: Aurora Orchestra / Cordão de Ouro
The first in a series of collaborations between Aurora Orchestra and Cordão de Ouro capoeira group, staged at LSO St Luke's, London on 31st October 2008. James MacMillan's 'The Exorcism of Río Sumpul' inspires a unique cross-arts partnership. See www.auroraorchestra.com for details of the next instalment in October 2010...
Conducted by Nicholas Collon with Capoeira Master Ponciano and Contra-Mestre Casquinha, and members of Cordão de Ouro. Concept and choreography by Max Baillie. Aurora Orchestra led by Thomas Gould. Filmed by Nick Williams, Chromavision Worldwide.