In a fresh take on Mussorgsky’s classic, 'Pictures At An Exhibition', NMC has commissioned six composers, each to write an 8-10 minute work inspired by the Science Museum’s world renowned collections and stimulating galleries and exhibitions. The compositions have been recorded for NMC by Aurora Orchestra conducted by Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Collon, and were premiered by Aurora 3 October 2015 in promenade-style live performances at the Science Museum, where the audience experienced each work near the object or setting that inspired it.
We also ran an education project in schools from the Tri-borough Music Hub area. Key stage 3 students participated in a series of interactive workshops, following in the footsteps of the commissioned composers to explore curriculum science topics through composition. Students worked alongside Aurora musicians and used traditional and non-traditional compositional methods and improvisation.
“Music is a natural subject for the Science Museum: intellectually it provides a powerful exemplification of the interaction of technology and culture; practically it has the power to deeply enhance the variety of the Museum’s public offer; and emotionally it has the potential to move and deepen engagement with our collections and spaces. It is for all these reasons that we are delighted to work with NMC and Aurora Orchestra on what is by any measure a signature collaboration.”
Dr Tim Boon, Head of Research & Public History, Science Museum London
“Commissioning new music and presenting it beyond the concert hall are central to Aurora’s mission. Objects at an Exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to work with leading composers to create new work … and ‘orchestral theatre’ in extraordinary surroundings. A highlight of our 10th anniversary season, it’s also an exciting focal point for schools work within the Tri-Borough Music Hub."
John Harte, Chief Executive, Aurora Orchestra
'The most headline-grabbing of a series of recent announcements by NMC [that] aims to increase the audience for contemporary music ... this is an imaginative step on that worthwhile mission' Gramophone
Composers visit the Science Museum ...
Claudia Molitor enjoying one of the many exhibitions at the Science Museum, London.
David Sawer and The Royal Mail Coach, which is the object David picked to inspire his piece for the Objects at An Exhibition project, Coachman Chronos.
Dr. Tim Boon, Head of Research and Public History at the Science Museum, and Barry Guy having a conversation in front of an early era steam train.
Thea Musgrave, Dr. Tim Boon and Christopher Mayo discussing the Objects at an Exhibition project.
Thea Musgrave showing Dr. Tim Boon the advantages of modern techonology.
Recording Session with Aurora Orchestra / Nicholas Collon
Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon at the recording sessions for Objects at an Exhibition.
The incredible and colourful graphic score for Barry Guy's
"Mr. Babbage is Coming to Dinner!"
Chrisopher Mayo and Ian Dearden preparing for the recording of Mayo's object inspired piece, Supermarine.
Aurora Orchestra, David Lefeber (Producer) and Claudia Molitor having a discussion about Molitor's object inspired piece named TwoLO.
A pile of the scores for the various pieces featured on the Objects at an Exhibition album.