A programme of
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto 26'
Beethoven Symphony No 3 (Eroica) 50'
With its unprecedented scale, shattering dissonances and expressive grandeur, the ‘Eroica’ transformed symphonic form in one astounding blow. Overflowing with musical invention, Beethoven re-wrote the symphonic rulebook for all time. The Aurora Orchestra is another ground-breaking phenomenon, celebrated for its memorised performances of complete symphonies - not an experience to miss. Nicola Benedetti opens the programme with Mendelssohn’s evergreen Violin Concerto, a work of extraordinary originality and packed with wonderful tunes. In addition, there will be an interactive introduction from Broadcaster Tom Service and conductor Nicholas Collon.
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. 'In a city suffocating with musical activity, Nicholas Collon's Aurora Orchestra lets in more fresh air than most. The aim is to make an audience hear anew, not by sugaring any pills, not by didactic explanation, not by light-shows, but by context' (The Times) 'It is hard to imagine performances more assured and expressive than these by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra' (BBC Music Magazine).
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Talented Scottish violinist of Italian descent. By the age of nine, she had already passed the eight grades of musical examinations. In 2004 she came to prominence as the winner of the BBC Young Musician Of The Year Competition and has since gone on to win the 2008 Classical BRIT Award for Young British Classical Performer. Nicola made her BBC Proms debut in August 2010. Nicola's album Homecoming entered the top 20 pop charts, an unprecedented achievement for a classical violinist. '... a risk-taking performer...' (The Times).
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As a writer for The Guardian and a presenter on both BBC Radio 3 and for the BBC Proms on television, Tom Service is one of the most visible of the new generation of music journalists. He is passionate about music, education, the arts and Scotland.
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A classical conductor.
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St David's Hall
- The Hayes
- CF10 1AH
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