Aurora concerts are packed with drama, often heightened by playing from memory, so that nothing comes between the players and the experience of the audience. And even at home you can enjoy something of that innovative approach, with a new digital concert season, drawn from the most exciting recent performances.
Featured concert footage, to be streamed for the first time, includes Aurora’s critically-acclaimed televised appearances at the BBC Proms over recent seasons, as well as filmed performances as part of its series as Resident Orchestra at Kings Place.
The first six concerts are launched on Sun 10 May at 4PM, when Aurora's memorable 2019 Proms performance of Berlioz's extravagant Symphonie Fantastique. Played from memory – an incredible feat for a piece on this scale – the symphony retraces a dark and dramatic journey, complete with demonic masks for the players.
Also played from memory is Beethoven's great Eroica Symphony No 3, a 2017 Proms performance with an illuminating introduction by the BBC's Tom Service (Sun 17 May, 4PM).
Pianist Angela Hewitt is the soloist in Mozart, with Aurora on Wed 30 May, 7PM
It's back to the Proms on Sun 24 May for a memorised performance of Beethoven's Symphony No 5, the Pastoral, played in 2015.
The pastoral mood continues for the last of the first batch of Sunday concerts (30 May, 4PM), when Anna Meredith's Smatter Hauler and Brett Dean's Pastoral Symphony show Aurora's affinity with accessible new music.
Two Wednesday evening concerts complete the set. There is music from the ever-fascinating Nico Muhly on 20 May (7PM), when a Kings Place concert from 2011 features the young composer alongside his American compatriot John Adams. These two modernists are natural companions, and both write music that captivates on first hearing.
A starry concert on Wed 30 May features Angela Hewitt as soloists in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, performed at Kings Place in 2019.
All the concerts are ideal for younger listeners and viewers, introducing them to both classics and the music of their millennium (which, of course, they take completely in their stride).
Look out too for Aurora's musical activities for children, as Jessie Maryon Davies gets youngsters dancing to Berlioz .
Aurora Play is on YouTube Premiere, and then on demand via the Aurora website and YouTube channel. Click here for the trailer
|What||Aurora Play: orchestral concerts online|
|Where||Online | MAP|
10 May 20 – 03 Jun 20, Streamed, and then on demand; 7PM start, 20 May & 3 June
|Website||Click here for more information|