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Aurora’s rise continues with three-album Warner deal

- 27 February 2014

Toy symphony: Aurora principals (from left): Max Bailie (viola), Ben Griffiths (bass), Thomas Gould (violin) and Oliver Coates (cello) Photo: Simon Weir

Toy symphony: Aurora principals (from left): Max Baillie (viola), Ben Griffiths (bass), Thomas Gould (violin) and Oliver Coates (cello)
Photo: Simon Weir

The British chamber orchestra Aurora has signed a three-album deal with record label Warner Classics.

The first release, scheduled for autumn 2014, will be entitled Road Trip and feature music by John Adams, Aaron Copland and Charles Ives alongside folksongs arranged by Nico Muhly. US folk singers Dawn Landes and Sam Amidon appear as guests on the recording.

Since its foundation in 2005, Aurora, under its principal conductor Nicholas Collon, has specialised in programmes involving mixed musical genres and collaboration with other artforms. It performed a version of the Road Trip programme at Kings Place during its 2014 London season.

‘Aurora has had a long-held ambition to release discs that truly reflect the orchestra’s personality and programming style, and we are thrilled that the team at Warner Classics has embraced the idea with such enthusiasm,’ the orchestra’s chief executive John Harte said. ‘It’s exciting to be making what we hope will feel to listeners like a genuinely new kind of orchestral recording in which constraints of musical genre disappear and there’s an exhilarating sense of unfettered musical adventure.’

Road Trip will be the orchestra’s second commercial release, following its 2011 collection for Decca Classics of music by Nico Muhly that included a concerto for electric violin commissioned for the orchestra’s principal violin Thomas Gould.

Mr Harte continued, ‘We are delighted to be partnering with Warner Classics in what is a hugely important opportunity for the orchestra to bring its performances to a worldwide audience and build a recorded legacy.’

Details of the subsequent recordings are not yet available, but the orchestra will begin recording the second in autumn 2014, for release in 2015.

Jean-Philippe Rolland, head of A&R at Warner Classics, said, ‘As a record label we are always looking for the great talents of tomorrow. Aurora Orchestra are undoubtedly one of the most creative and innovative ensembles in the music industry today. We are confident that with this new partnership we can work together to share their invigorating energy and love for music-making with an even wider audience. We are very proud to welcome them to the Warner Classics family.’

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