Aurora Orchestra’s Symphonie Fantastique

Aurora Orchestra’s Symphonie Fantastique

This week one of our favourite ensembles, Aurora Orchestra, launch Aurora Play, a weekly performance broadcast from their archive paired with interactive videos which you can get involved with at home. This Sunday's offering is a recording of their stunning staged production of Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique, which premiered at Saffron Hall last year.

Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique from memory – Sunday 10 May 4pm

A diabolical witches’ sabbath, a riotous ball, a march to the scaffold and an unrequited passion make up the hallucinatory narrative of Berlioz’s Symphonie. A vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, a work teeming with orchestral drama – by turns gorgeous and grotesque. Performed from memory in a specially devised production incorporating elements of design, lighting and choreography, Berlioz’s explosive music is brought to life; a musical phantasmagoria from the depths of the Romantic imagination.

Berlioz Symphonie fantastique (from memory)

Mathew Baynton actor
Nicholas Collon conductor
Jane Mitchell & James Bonas directors
Kate Wicks production designer
Will Reynolds consultant designer
Cydney Uffindell-Phillips movement consultant

Concept and script by Jane Mitchell

Relive the Aurora Orchestra’s stunning staged production of this evocative piece which had its first ever public performance at Saffron Hall last year, a few days ahead of the recorded Proms performance you are about to watch.

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Join in with Jessie

Don’t just watch this amazing performance – join in too! Aurora Orchestra has teamed up with one of our favourite musical educators, Jessie Maryon Davies, to create this supremely silly dance-along video filled with musical monsters and spooky spirits. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #AuroraPlay if you post a video of yourself trying this out!



Coming up on Aurora Play

  • Sunday 17 May Eroica Revisited – Explore Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ performed from memory, with a vivid musical introduction by Nicholas Collon and Tom Service.
  • Sunday 24 May Pastoral Symphony – A memorised performance of Beethoven’s life-affirming Pastoral Symphony from the 2015 BBC Proms.
  • Sunday 31 May Strauss Oboe Concerto – World-class oboist François Leleux joins Aurora at the 2016 BBC Proms for a performance of Strauss’ joyful Oboe Concerto.

View the full schedule


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