Nico Muhly is one of the most sought-after composers and collaborators internationally. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral, he also has a long association with Aurora Orchestra.
Devised in collaboration with composer Nico Muhly and countertenor Iestyn Davies, Aurora Orchestra’s programme stops the clocks and delves into ancient notions of time, as explored by Dowland, Debussy, Satie and Adès.
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The music: A deep meditation on God’s will, with standout moments for oboe and tenor and bass singers. The science: Is there life on other worlds? Science is slowly getting closer to finding an answer.
Autumn 2018 marks the centenary of Elgar’s Piano Quintet, which provides the culmination of this varied concert. The concert begins with Haydn’s beautiful C major Quartet from the Op. 54 set, a bright and sunny opening movement.
The music: The OAE perform one of Bach’s Christmas cantatas, this one written for the Feast of John the Evangelist. The science: Maggie Aderin-Pocock, the presenter of the BBC’s legendary The Sky at Night series tells us about the challenges of engineering for space.
Barbara Strozzi was famed throughout 17th century Venice for her glorious voice and artistry, ‘la virtuosissima cantatrice’ of the city state. Yet this pupil of Cavalli was quietly creating a unique musical legacy.
IMS Prussia Cove is a charitable organisation dedicated to music-making at the highest level, fostering new generations of talented musicians from across the world, supporting musical idealism and enabling international collaboration. Tonight’s concert reunites a
Musica Secreta takes the listener from the mystical songs composed by Hildegard of Bingen, via medieval convents of France and Spain to the great flowering of polyphonic music in the numerous convents of the Italian Renaissance.