With its signature creative ethos, Aurora Orchestra combines world-class performance with adventurous programming and concert presentation. Founded in 2005 under Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has quickly become one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, garnering several major awards including two Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, a German ECHO Klassik Award and a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award.
Collaborating widely across art forms and musical genres, the orchestra has worked with an exceptional breadth of artists, ranging from Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Sarah Connolly and Pierre-Laurent Aimard to Wayne McGregor, Edmund de Waal and Björk. A champion of new music, it has premiered works by composers including Julian Anderson, Benedict Mason, Anna Meredith, Nico Muhly, and Judith Weir.
By challenging expectations of what an orchestra can and should do on the concert platform, Aurora inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds to develop a passion for orchestral music. In recent years, it has pioneered memorised performance (without the use of printed sheet music), and is thought to be the first orchestra in the modern age to perform whole symphonies in this way. Since 2016, Aurora has staged Orchestral Theatre productions which cross the boundaries of musical genres and art forms. These orchestral adventures rethink the concert format and offer bold new ways for audiences to experience orchestral music. Through an award-winning Creative Learning programme, Aurora regularly holds creative workshops and storytelling concerts for families, schools and young people, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Based in London, Aurora is Resident Orchestra at Kings Place and Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre with residencies at St George’s Bristol, The Apex (Bury St Edmunds) and Colyer-Fergusson Hall (Canterbury). Recent and forthcoming international highlights include appearances at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Kölner Philharmonie, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Melbourne Festival and Shanghai Concert Hall. Aurora has released a number of critically-acclaimed albums, including Road Trip and Insomnia on Warner Classics.