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Melbourne Festival. 10-26 Oct 2014

Event series

Aurora Orchestra Residency

Aurora Orchestra, led by conductor Nicholas Collon, is one of the most exciting outfits in modern classical music.

Prodigiously talented and restlessly inventive, they’ve spent the past decade reinventing the concept of the chamber orchestra, cross-pollinating with other genres and art forms to transform themselves into something adventurous, charismatic and utterly unique. Aurora makes its long-awaited Australian debut with Melbourne Festival in a week-long residency that showcases its diverse repertoire, breathtaking musicianship and originality of programming. 

“Takes classical music out of its comfort zone… There should be no doubting Aurora’s musicianship.” 


Aurora has worked with a roster of world-class artists, and for their Australian performances they are joined by local songstress Katie Noonan and English tenor Allan Clayton (who recently graced our shores as part of the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Beethoven symphony series). There is classical music for children too, with a special program to remind us all that you are never too young to fall in love with music. 

Presenting a diverse and adventurous program of events, Aurora Orchestra demonstrates just why it has established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra of its generation. 

“Bright, young and full of ideas, the Aurora Orchestra meld classical music with anything from jazz to tango to Nico Muhly.”