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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

Mozart
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

Chantage
Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon
conductor

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 …!