Aurora Orchestra

Aurora Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra

• Founded 2004


A British chamber orchestra formed in 2005 by Robin Ticciati, Nicholas Collon, and members of the National Youth Orchestra, the Aurora Orchestra has been based in Kings Place, London since 2009, and it became the resident orchestra of Kings Place in 2013. It is also connected to the London Symphony Orchestra's music center at St. Luke Old Street, where it offered its "New Moves" series, a mixed-media collaboration described as "orchestral theatre." The Aurora Orchestra first appeared at the BBC Proms in 2011. As part of the orchestra's later Proms programming, the musicians played famous symphonies from memory, performing Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 in 2014, Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, "Pastoral" in 2015, Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C major, "Jupiter," K. 551 in 2016, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, "Eroica" in 2017. Guest artists have appeared with the orchestra, including Angelika Kirchschlager, Gerald Finley, Ian Bostridge, Rosemary Joshua, Kate Royal, Maxim Rysanov, Anthony Marwood, and co-founder Robin Ticciati. Among the Aurora Orchestra's many commitments were residencies at the Royal Academy of Music and the Aldeburgh Festival, and in 2011, it received funding from the Arts Council of England as part of the national portfolio scheme. The Aurora Orchestra was chosen as the associate orchestra at Southbank Centre, with three productions slated for the 2018-2019 season. The orchestra has recorded for Decca, Warner Classics, NMC, and Collegium Records.