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RECENT EVENTS - Prom 41: Aurora Orchestra

Saturday 16 August 2014 - 10:15 PM

Proms 2014 Prom 41 Nicholas Collon © Benjamin Ealovega

Scheduled end time: 11:45pm

Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550 28'

Dobrinka Tabakova
Spinning a Yarn 7'

Benedict Mason
Meld c25'
BBC commission: world premiere

Alexandra Wood violin
Stevie Wishart hurdy-gurdy

Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon

There will be no interval

Admired by Schumann for its 'Grecian light and grace', Mozart’s evergreen Symphony No. 40 combines rhythmic verve and dance-like elegance, streaked with stormy drama.

For a performance in Vienna, the composer added parts for two clarinets – an instrument at the time still largely absent from the orchestra.

Bulgarian-born Dobrinka Tabakova goes one further in her recent Spinning a Yarn, in which the rustic hurdy-gurdy takes a solo role alongside the violin.

Benedict Mason experiments with much more besides in his BBC commission, Meld – at once an enigma and a spectacle, that confounds what we think of as an orchestra, of a concert, and even of music itself. Prepare to be surprised …!