2015 / Aurora’ ‘Roadtrip’ CD is released on Warner Classics, with a 5-star
review from BBC Music Magazine.
2014 / Nicholas returns to CBSO and BBC Philharmonic after a tour to the Melbourne
International Festival with Aurora Orchestra.
2014 / Aurora Orchestra appeared in the BBC Proms, performing Mozart’s 40th
symphony from memory, alongside the premiere of Benedict Mason’s ‘Meld’, drawing
praise form critics;
a Saturday night at the Proms… an avant-garde happening that left one speechless
with its epic zaniness.’ The Times *****
Aurora perfuming the 1st movement of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 from the BBC Proms
2014 / Nicholas will appear for a 5th consecutive year with Aurora Orchestra
at the BBC Proms, with the premiere of Benedict Mason's 'Meld' and Mozart's Symphony
2014 / Nicholas makes his debt with Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse
and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
2014 / Nicholas makes his debuts in Poland, Ireland, and Norway, alongside
a Royal Festival Hall concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Find out more under
2013 / Aurora Orchestra launches its 2014
2013 / Britten's 'The Rape of Lucretia' with Glyndebourne on Tour (new production
by Fiona Shaw) has been received with outstanding 5-star reviews:
Collon’s crystalline conducting of one of Britten’s most original scores also
puts the opera under a forensic light: all the music’s nervous shudder and electric
shimmer register at the highest pitch. This is opera at its most nakedly powerful.'
The Telegraph *****
2013 / Nicholas makes his debut with Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Lucerne
Festival, in the presence of Pierre Boulez.
2013 / 4-star reviews for Aurora orchestra's Late-night Prom: 'Aurora Orchestra
showed an amazing facility in complex and exuberant music.' The Telegraph
2013 / Aurora Orchestra will perform a Late-Night Prom in the Royal Albert
Hall at the 2013 BBC Proms, with a programme of American music including Frank
Zappa's extraordinary 'Adventures of Greggery Peccary' and the UK premiere of
Philip Glass' Symphony No.10.
2013 / Aurora Orchestra announces its 2013 season, with residencies at LSO
St Luke's, Kings Place, and Southbank Centre, with a brochure
and video trailer.
magazine awards its review of the year to Aurora's 'Far, far away' concert in
March 2012, citing 'playing beautiful enough to make you weep. I saw the future
at LSO Luke's.'
2012 / Nicholas makes his debut with Orchestre d'Ile de France at Salle Gaveau
Times reviews the 'almost belligerent brilliance' of Aurora's performance
of a new reduced version of Mahler's First Symphony in November, and later in
December a review of an all Brahms-concert at Kings Place; 'Aurora have taken
well-known music by the neck and shaken it - and many perceptions will have been
changed for ever.'
2012 / New concerts in 2013 announced,
including debuts with Spanish National Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, and reinvitations
to Northern Sinfonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
2012 / Reviews for Magic Flute at ENO:
of its success this time around lies in the conducting. Making his Coliseum debut,
Nicholas Collon brings consistent flexibility and momentum to a reading that never
for a moment hangs fire.' The Guardian
for real colour, listen to what Nicholas Collon conjures up from the ENO orchestra.
This is an impressive house debut: Mozart's score is teased out with impish delight,
but never pushed too hard.' The Times
2012 / Nicholas conducted the Wallace and Gromit Prom at the Royal Albert
Hall, which will be broadcast on Monday 27th August at 2.45pm, BBC1. Read reviews
2012 / Nicholas has been awarded one of three 2012 Critics' Circle Awards
for Exceptional Young Talent. The Award
will be presented on 13th July at Aurora Orchestra's concert in LSO St Luke's.
appears on the front cover of Muso
Magazine featuring an interview about his conducting career.
2012 / The Times reviews Nicholas' concert with London Sinfonietta featuring
works by George Benjamin and Ligeti; 'conducted with poise, passion and precision.'
2012 / The BBC Proms announces its 2012 season, in which Nicholas will conduct
three concerts; 29th July ('Wallace & Gromit Prom), 4th August (Inspire Composers
Competition) and 18th August (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group).
will make his debut appearance with English National Opera ('Magic Flute') in
September 2012, and new concerts this season with Philharmonia Orchestra and City
of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have been announced.
2012 / Aurora Orchestra's concert from LSO St Luke's on 13th March can be
heard live on BBC Radio 3.
2012 / Nicholas and Aurora make their Roundhouse debut in the Reverb Festival;
the performance is streamed live on the Guardian website.
2012 / Aurora Orchestra's 2012 season includes collaborations with klezmer
and folk musicians, breakdance and film. Watch the trailer video (right) of Aurora's
groundbreaking 2012 New Moves series.
makes his debuts this month with Northern Sinfonia and London Mozart Players.
2011 / Aurora Orchestra announces its 2012 season, including debuts at Roundhouse,
Southbank Centre, and concerts at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and LSO St Luke's.
Soloists include Ian Bostridge, Angelika Kirschlager, Anthony Marwood and Maxim
Rysanov, and more.
2011 / The Times has written an extensive article on Aurora orchestra and
its forthcoming 'Thriller' tour. Read the full article here.
2011 / Nicholas makes his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, in
Brahms 2nd Symphony.
2011 / Aurora Orchestra's performance at the BBC Proms was broadcast on BBC1
and can be viewed here.
New 2011/12 concert
dates have been announced.
Music magazine writes an article about Nicholas' appointment with the London Philharmonic
Orchestra. View it here.
2011 / Aurora Orchestra's performance at the BBC Proms received rave reviews.
The Times wrote; 'it made you feel as though you wished Collon and his Aurora
Orchestra would simply take over for all the Proms. This was a truly life (and
death) enhancing concert.' Read more reviews here.
appeared on BBC Radio 3's In
Tune to discuss his forthcoming Prom with the London Sinfonietta which
will be broadcast on August 13th.
2011 / The
Guardian writes a feature on Nicholas and Aurora Orchestra.
from Aurora's performance of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony in the Sunday
Times; 'Nicholas Collon conducted a brilliantly impelled account of
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.'
Times writes a feature on Nicholas in anticipation of his appearances at the BBC
Proms with Aurora Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta; Red-hot
virtuosos - meet the new stars of the BBC Proms.
2011 / Nicholas is appointed Assistant Conductor to the London
Philharmonic Orchestra. He will assist Vladimir Jurowski in a number of
projects over the 2011/2 season, as well as conducting concerts with the orchestra.
for the full press release. The Arts
Desk and BBC
Music Magazine have written features about the appointment.
Orchestra's recording of works by Nico Muhly for Decca Classics is released on
June 8th. Click here
to read a 4-star review in the Independent, or this
in the Times; 'The CD is a wonderful calling card for Collon's Aurora Orchestra.
The CD lasts 73 minutes and 23 seconds, and they dazzle in every one of them.'
You can find out more about the disc on the album's website
or order it from iTunes here.
2011 / Aurora Orchestra has won the Royal Philharmonic Society's 2011 Ensemble
Award. Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Awards are the highest
recognition for live classical music in the UK. Read here for more details; the
Telegraph also wrote a feature on Aurora's win here: 'But for me, the most pleasing
moment of the night was to see the Ensemble award go to Aurora, a fabulous young
chamber orchestra that in six years of existence has emerged as one of the most
dynamic, innovative and open-minded groups of its kind.'
concert of works by Nico Muhly, Hindemith, John Adams and Ives on May 7th was
seen by thousands, as the first ever classical concert to be streamed live on
the Guardian website. Read 4-star reviews in the Guardian,
('Every concert they play is eye-catchingly original and shrewdly balanced' and
Times ('a stonking performance').
2011 / The BBC Proms announces its 2011 season, in which Nicholas will conduct
3 concerts; 30th July (Family Prom), 6th August (Inspire Composers Competition)
and 13th August (London Sinfonietta).
2011 / Dates have been released for performances of Luke Bedford's new opera,
Seven Angels, which Nicholas will conduct with the Opera Group and Birmingham
Contemporary Music group. The Guardian gives Aurora's Mozart concert with Rosemary
Joshua a 4-star review. You can watch the last movement of Mozart's Linz
Symphony from January's Kings Place concert here.
2011 / Aurora
Orchestra announces the release in June 2011 of a recording of chamber
orchestral works by American composer Nico Muhly for Decca Classics. Watch a film
here which shows behind-the-scenes
footage from the filming sessions, and interviews with Nicholas, Nico and the
disc's producer, John Rutter.
2011 / Nicholas stepped in for an indisposed Sir Colin Davis to conduct the
first in Aurora Orchestra's Mozart Unwrapped season at Kings Place, receiving
critical acclaim from The Times
can now vote for Nicholas to win the Times
Breakthrough South Bank Sky Arts Award 2011. Click here
from January 4-12 to cast your vote-the awards ceremony will be shown on
Sky Arts 1 on January 25th at 9pm.
launch a new orchestra, Aurora, in the cut-throat musical marketplace that is
London requires courage and conviction. To sustain it through five seasons, during
which you programme everything from the Baroque sounds of Gabrieli and Lully to
the avant-garde scores of Berio and Adams, shows brilliance as well as bravado.'
(Richard Morrison, The Times)
Orchestra has released news of its 2011 season featuring Mozart concerts at Kings
Place and the continuation of its New Moves Series at LSO St Luke's. Take
a look at the brochure online.
2010 / Nicholas is the winner of the Classical Music Nomination for The
Times Breakthrough Award 2011. Part of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards,
the winner will be selected from a list of ten nominees, each from a different
art form, to be voted for by the public. Voting opens on January 4th with the
awards ceremony taking place on 25th January, broadcast on Sky Arts. More information
is available here.
2010 / Nicholas made his debut with the London
Symphony Orchestra, conducting Emily Howard's 'Solar,' as well as a concert
of Zappa, Boulez and Varese with the London Sinfonietta at Camden Roundhouse.
Read the Guardian review here.
2010 / Aurora Orchestra recorded the chamber music of Nico
Muhly for release on CD with Decca in 2011. Nicholas also conducted Stravinsky's
'Pulcinella' with the combined forces of the Orchestra
of the Age of Enlightenment and the London
September 2010 / New dates are announced for November:
Nicholas will conduct works by Boulez, Varèse and Zappa with the London Sinfonietta
at Camden Roundhouse, and a UBS Pioneers Commission with the London Symphony Orchestra
at the Barbican Hall.
August 2010 / Nicholas made his BBC Proms debut
to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall on August 30th. He co-presented the concert alongside
Basil Brush and Radio 3 presenter Louise Fryer, receiving a 4-star review from
Geoff Brown in The Times: 'Aurora Orchestra....sparkled in everything it
touched, from Gabrieli's euphonious polyphony to hell-for-leather Shostakovich'.
to see photos taken at the Prom.
July 2010 / Richard Morrison picks Nicholas Collon
as his Classical choice in The Times Arts Agenda 'Five to watch';
fresh-thinking and a born leader, Collon should soon be casting his own aura over
Britain’s major orchestras.'
Read the full text here.
June 2010 / Autumn concerts announced, including
a combined performance with London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Aurora Orchestra announces its Royal Albert Hall debut
at the BBC Proms on August 30th. Nicholas will conduct the combined forces of
Aurora and players from the National Youth Chamber Orchestra in a diverse programme,
including Bernstein's 'Candide' Overture, the 2nd movement from Shostakovich's
10th Symphony, and excerpts from Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'.
Nicholas will appear in 'Gareth goes to Glyndebourne' on
BBC 2. The programme follows the chorus as it undertakes the performances of 'Knight
Crew' which Nicholas conducted at Glyndebourne earlier in 2010. The first episode
is due to be aired on June 17th.
May 2010 / Nicholas conducts performances of 'The
Lion's Face' with the Opera Group, receiving a 4-star review in The Times. Read
the full review here.
April 2010 / Aurora Orchestra is nominated for the
Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award, alongside BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham
Contemporary Group and London Sinfonietta.
March 2010 / Aurora Orchestra gave its 5th birthday
concert at LSO St Luke's on March 19th, the inaugural performance in a new residency
for the group at this venue. Read the Times review here
('fiery and pungent') and the Sunday Times here
('high points that will make you mad with joy'). Aurora's new website
goes live on April 6th.
March 2010 / Nicholas conducted Mahler's 10th Symphony
in the Deryck Cooke version; Classical Source called it 'A concert to remember.'
Read the full review here.
March 2010 / Nicholas' debut at Glyndebourne receives
4-star reviews from the Independent, Guardian and Gramophone Magazine; The Guardian
said; 'Add to the mix…Nicholas Collon's excellent, transparent conducting and
the overall effect was exhilarating, and not a little humbling.' Read the full
February 2010 / Nicholas is in rehearsals for the
'Knight Crew' at Glyndebourne. Read an article in the Spectator here
about the rehearsal process.
January 2010 / Nicholas has been featured in a profile
in Time Out magazine - http://bit.ly/8tNsPQ
- and can be heard in an interview on Classic FM here.
January 2010 / BBC 2 have announced that the next
installment of the hit series 'The Choir' will focus on Julian Philips' new opera
'The Knight Crew,' which Nicholas conducts in March 2010 at Glyndebourne. Gareth
Malone will be Chorus Master for the youth chorus - find
January 2010 / Later this month, Nicholas will conduct
in music by young American composer Nico Muhly at the Camden Roundhouse, followed
by concerts with Aurora
Orchestra at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place.
2009 / Aurora Orchestra has published its 2010
Season Brochure, including a new series of concerts at LSO St Luke's Concert
2009 / The Sunday Times reviewed Aurora orchestra's recent concert at Kings
Place; 'as pacy and invigorated a reading of Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No
1 as I've heard.' Click here
to read the full article.
2009 / Nicholas conducted the Orchestra of Opera North in the opening concert
of the Kirklees Concert Series in Dewsbury. New dates announced: Nicholas will
conduct the London Sinfonietta on October 1st in the Kings Place as part of their
'Sonic Explorations' Series, the BBC Symphony Orchestra on December 5th in George
Crumb's 'Star Child' and a new opera by Julian Philips in the Glyndebourne Festival
in March 2010. See www.knightcrewopera.com
for more details.
2009 / Nicholas appeared in the BBC Proms with Aurora Orchestra in the BBC
Proms Composers Competition, (broadcast on BBC Radio 3) and as off-stage conductor
in Jon Leifs' 'Hekla,' with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
July 2009 / Nicholas is assisting Sir Mark Elder
on Szymanowski's 'King Roger' in the Bregenz Festival.
Classical Music Magazine featured Nicholas and Aurora Orchestra
in a double page feature in their June issue. Download page
one / page
June 2009 / The Choir of London gave three performances
of 'La Bohème' in the Palestinian Territories: Nabus, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
May 2009 / Nicholas conducted Aurora Orchestra in
a concert of Polish music in the Sounds New Festival, which was broadcast on BBC
Radio 3. Two weeks later, they played Schoenberg's 'Erwartung' in the opening
concert of the new Britten Studio in Snape Maltings.
Aurora Orchestra is shortlisted for the prestigious Royal
Philharmonic Society's Young Artist Award
Penderecki with Aurora players
February / The Guardian features an interview with Nicholas about
his upcoming tour with the Choir of London in Palestine on the Guardian
January / Nicholas
has recently finished a six-concert tour with the SymphonieOrchester Vorarlberg,
including two sold-out concerts in the Bregenz Festspielhaus.
/ New concert dates have been announced for 2009, including a tour to the
West Bank with ‘La Bohème.’
October / Nicholas performed Haydn, Macmillan,
Lully and Birtwistle in a collaboration with Aurora Orchestra
and a capoeira dance group, and Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ with the Salomon
/ It's been a busy summer, performing with Aurora
Orchestra in the BBC Proms and Aberystwyth Festival, and working at the
Bregenz Festival on Krenek's extraordinary 12-tone opera, 'Karl V.'
/ Nicholas was signed by Van Walsum Management for worldwide representation.
was listed in Time Out as one of London's three rising musical stars.