Paul will be playing Guest Principal with the Aurora Orchestra in this innovative concert at LSO St Luke's featuring a vibrant and unusual work by the Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean
Aurora Orchestra: When Doves Cry
Series: New Moves at LSO St Luke's
Venue: LSO St Luke's, London
161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG
Vaughan Williams Flos Campi
Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony
Beethoven Symphony No. 6
Brett Dean (viola)
Choir of London
Nicholas Collon (conductor)
With artwork by Rob Sherwood and Gareth Cadwallader
£25, £18, £12 and £8 (20% student discount) available online at www.lso.co.uk/aurora or on 020 7638 8891. 20% season discount when booking for all three LSO St Lukeʼs performances. Sponsor-a-ticket scheme: buy a ticket for a secondary school student for £8
Weaving together the rich themes of the 2011 City of London Festival – the natural world, birdsong, and the Antipodes – this programme offers three contrasting visions of the pastoral idyll, enriched by a major new installation by leading young British artists Rob Sherwood and Gareth Cadwallader. Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 6 is juxtaposed with Australian composer Brett Dean’s Pastoral Symphony, an elegiac meditation on the beauty of birdsong, and its inexorable silencing at the hands of man. Dean also appears as viola soloist alongside the Choir of London for a performance of Vaughan Williams’ ravishing Flos Campi.
Free pre-concert talk, 6.30pm. Brett Dean and Rob Sherwood join Ian Ritchie (Festival Director, City of London Festival) for a pre-concert conversation exploring artistic responses to the ‘pastoral’ theme.
Aurora Orchestra aims to inspire, challenge and astonish new audiences with great music, brilliantly performed. It seeks to be the UK’s most versatile orchestra, combining world-class performance with eclectic and innovative programming, a commitment to adventurous collaboration across perceived frontiers of musical genre and artistic form, and a refusal to be bound by convention.
Aurora’s work is underpinned by a belief that its dynamic and outward-looking team of players, comprising some of the outstanding soloists of a new generation of British instrumentalists, represents a uniquely powerful force for the development of new audiences for orchestral music in the UK. Recognising the potential of the chamber orchestra for innovative, flexible, and collaborative performance, it strives to re-invent the format for an era in which the boundaries of musical style and artistic disciplines have become ever more porous. Aurora celebrates the resulting possibilities for new partnerships within the arts, and looks to shatter preconceptions of how, where, and to whom ‘classical’ music should be presented.
Guided by the passionate conviction that its entire programme of work should be accessible to as many as possible, including in particular young people and those with limited access to live music, Aurora enables the performance, creation, and appreciation of inspirational live music in myriad settings beyond the concert hall. A young orchestra itself, Aurora believes it has a special responsibility to make significant contributions to the delivery of arts for young people and provide a clear vision for the future of orchestral music.