July 31, 2016

Aurora Orchestra surprise crowds with flash mob before highly-anticipated Proms

The adventurous British orchestra, now an annual fixture at the BBC Proms, play Mozart from memory in concert.

Saturday shoppers at the Westfield centre in Stratford were regaled with an unexpected bout of Mozart when Aurora Orchestra's flash mob struck. The young musicians of this unique British band played the final movement of Mozart's last symphony, entitled Jupiter - without a music stand or a score in sight. And that's just how they played the entire symphony the following day on stage at London's Royal Albert Hall in front of an audience of thousands for their annual Proms concert. The Independent hailed this year's performance "elegant and joyous."

It was the third time that Aurora tackled a major symphonic work from memory at the Proms, having presented Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Mozart's Symphony No.40 in previous years, with just the intrepid, risk-taking spirit the musicians embrace on their two albums for Warner Classics, Road Trip and Insomnia.