A virtuosic chamber orchestra, built of extraordinary musicians.
Aurora Orchestra believes in bringing the richest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience.
Who we are
We are an orchestra that crosses boundaries and takes risks: you will find us regularly presenting whole symphonies from memory, collaborating with dancers, film-makers, designers or circus performers, and performing in nightclubs.
The common thread which links all of this work is simple: we believe in exceptional music for all.
Creating the Toy Box
These resources have grown out of the pioneering live concerts we have developed for young children over the past 10 years. Since 2012, Aurora has collaborated with writer Kate Wakeling and presenter/musician Jessie Maryon Davies to develop Far Far Away, a series of productions each combining the music of a particular composer with a vibrant imaginary world. These productions have seen us meet Beethoven and the Dinosaurs, Bartók and the Pirates, Debussy and the Snow Elephant, Schumann and the Circus, and, of course, Tchaikovsky and the Magical Toy Box. Find out more in this short film presented by BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service.
Aurora Orchestra Learning
Seeing the impact this approach to music making can have on young children has led us to create these resources, which hand over all of our ideas, stories and music to teachers and children to explore in their own settings. We are keen to hear from teachers who are using this programme and to continue an ongoing conversation to ensure the work we develop can have the maximum impact on the young people it reaches.
If you’d like to make contact please feel free to send us an email!
We’re so grateful to all the organisations and individuals who have helped us in so many ways to create Aurora Orchestra Learning, from grants in support of our artistic and technical costs to in-kind support. We’re particularly grateful to the following key supporters:
- Garfield Weston Foundation – Weston Culture Fund
- Signatur – The Karlsson-Játiva Charitable Foundation
- Arts Council England
- The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
- The Nugee Foundation
- The Radcliffe Trust
- The Aurora Patrons and Friends
- Southbank Centre
- Kings Place Music Foundation
Magical Toy Box Creative Team
The concept of Aurora and the Magical Toy Box has been created and developed by Jane Mitchell, Jessie Maryon Davies and Kate Wakeling.
- Jane Mitchell
Creative Director and flute
- Jessie Maryon Davies
Presenter, creative consultant and songwriter
- Kate Wakeling
- Linton Stephens
- Sally Pryce
- Ian Farrington
- Stanton Media
- Patxi del Amo
Education consultant (SEND)
- Kate Rattenbury
Education consultant (EYFS and KS1)
- Kate Wicks
- Orke Design / Long White Digital / Admataz
Digital design / development
- Freya Wynn Jones
Live show director
Aurora Orchestra Management
- John Harte
- Jane Mitchell
- Rebecca Barnett
- Helen Mead and Sarah Lloyd
- Alana Grady
- Anahita Falaki
- Helen McKeown