Winner of the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award, Aurora Orchestra has established itself over just six years 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 worldwide release of Aurora’s debut recording for Decca Classics: a recording of Nico Muhly’s music for chamber orchestra. Future engagements include appearances for the 2012 Kings Place Brahms Unwrapped series alongside soloists including Maxim Rysanov, Anthony Marwood and Christoph Richter; an appearance alongside Angelika Kirchschlager at the Wigmore Hall, and New Moves projects fusing orchestral music with klezmer, break dance and jazz.