Since its creation in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has rapidly established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation, and one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, combining electrifying live performance with a uniquely creative approach to programming and presentation. Under the artistic direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has developed flourishing series at LSO St Luke’s and Kings Place, and also appears regularly at other major London venues including Southbank Centre, Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall. The orchestra enjoys an increasingly busy touring calendar both in the UK and internationally, and has worked with a roster of world-class artists including Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, Angelika Kirchschlager, Anthony Marwood, Kate Royal, Maxim Rysanov and Robin Ticciati.
Recent and future highlights include tours to Bremen, Shanghai, Melbourne, St Petersburg and Brazil; a major new series for the Southbank Centre in 2013 as part of its year-long festival of twentieth-century music The Rest is Noise; televised concerts for the BBC Proms and a Christmas Day special on BBC 2; the launch of three UK regional residencies; and the release of a debut disc for Warner Classics in January 2015. Aurora is the youngest-ever recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Ensemble Award – the UK’s most prestigious award for live classical music.
Based at Kings Place since 2009, Aurora has played a central role in the venue's year-long 'Unwrapped' series devoted to Mozart (2011), Brahms (2012), Bach (2013), Chamber Classics (2014), and Minimalism (2015), and was formally installed as the Kings Place Resident Orchestra in 2013. As the UK’s most creative orchestra, Aurora has developed a particular reputation for innovative programming incorporating a wide variety of musical styles and art forms, focused around its New Moves series at LSO St Luke’s in London. Since its launch in 2010, New Moves has pioneered a new kind of ‘Orchestral Theatre’, infused with eclectic repertoire combinations, innovative presentation, and inspiring artistic partnerships ranging across dance, film, visual art and theatre. Recent highlights have included collaborations with Brazilian capoeira dancers, klezmer musicians, painters, and breakdancers; the Australian film-maker Jon Frank and the US horror novelist Peter Straub. The series has attracted consistent critical acclaim, with one recent review describing “an almost belligerent brilliance” (Geoff Brown, The Times).
Guided by the conviction that orchestral music should be accessible, alive and relevant to the broadest possible audience, Aurora’s activities extend to myriad settings beyond the concert hall, with a varied programme of work in schools, hospitals and other community settings. Recent highlights of its programming for family audiences have included major televised family performances for the BBC Proms in collaboration with Aardman Animation (creators of Wallace and Gromit), and CBBC’s award-winning Horrible Histories series, as well as the launch of a new series of storytelling family concerts at Kings Place entitled Far, Far Away.