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Aurora Orchestra with Edmund de Waal: Metamorphosen at the Royal Festival Hall – 4th February 2017



The popular Aurora Orchestra welcomes artist and best-selling author Edmund de Waal and violinist Anthony Marwood for a collaborative event exploring the theme of metamorphosis.

Strauss’ post-war masterpiece Metamorphosen is often seen as a lament for the death of German culture. But the composer’s choice of title was inspired by Goethe’s essay On the Metamorphosis of Plants, and his work evokes themes of rebirth, growth and transformation.

For this unconducted performance, Anthony Marwood joins Aurora Orchestra as guest director for the Strauss, whilst the Aurora string principals perform Ligeti’s quartet. Aurora’s Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon appears in conversation with Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare with Amber Eyes: together they explore the historical and musical context around the two works being performed, and discuss themes of evolution and transformation. BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch presents.

This event takes place as part of Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief series, a year-long festival exploring what it means to be human.


Anthony Marwood, violin

Aurora Orchestra

Edmund de Waal, speaker

Sara Mohr-Pietsch, presenter


Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen

György Ligeti: String Quartet No.1 (Métamorphoses nocturnes)

For more information , visit the Southbank website here

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