Aurora Orchestra

Committing things to memory may be OK if you’ve got a brief speech to do or a few lines to learn in a play, but an orchestra takes things several steps further with a thrilling new approach to performing classical music.

Aurora Orchestra is to play Shostakovich’s 9th Symphony on 4 August at Saffron Hall in full, from memory. It leads to a performance style that’s more akin to an interactive presentation than the traditional sitting down in front of sheet music we’re used to. It features a musical introduction that includes Radio 3 presenter Tom Service.