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Pastoral Symphonies 1

A memorised performance of Beethoven’s life-affirming Pastoral Symphony from the 2015 BBC Proms.

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, ‘Pastoral’ (from memory)
Nicholas Collon conductor

Pastoral Symphonies 1

Revisit an exhilarating performance from the 2015 BBC Proms. Aurora performs Beethoven’s irresistible ode to nature, the Pastoral Symphony, entirely from memory — the direct, communicative performance style which has since become a hallmark of Aurora’s Proms appearances and has inspired other experiments in memorised performance across the globe.

“There was a sense of spontaneity about this interpretation that surely sprang from the risk-taking involved in memorising a 40-minute score – a gamble that certainly paid off.” ★★★★ The Guardian

Discover more about our memorised performances at our By Heart page.

Filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 2 August 2015.
Free to watch on Aurora’s YouTube channel.
Footage courtesy of BBC Proms.