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Nicholas Collon

Principal Conductor

Aurora Orchestra

HQ Phone: +44 20 7014 2806

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Aurora Orchestra

Kings Place 90 York Way

London, London n1 9ag

United Kingdom

Company Description

Aurora Orchestra aims to inspire, challenge and astonish new audiences with great music, brilliantly performed. It seeks to be the UK's most versatile orchestra, combining world-class performance with eclectic and innovative programming, a commitment to a... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Conductor

London Sinfonietta

Affiliations

Founding Member
Takács Quartet

Education



Clare College , Cambridge


music
Clare College

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Nicholas Collon

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Nicholas Collon
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Not only did the Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon present the work with great clarity, but they also gave listeners an insight into Mahler's wider musical influences.

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Under their artistic director Nicholas Collon, the Aurora Orchestra played Mozart's Symphony No 40 in G minor standing up and from memory - the absence of music-stands and scores freeing them to truly listen and communicate… Collon drew crisp playing and caught the contrasting turbulence and elegance of the music.
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That was in 2009, when founding conductor Nicholas Collon outlined a vision of an orchestra that would present distinctive, often cross-genre and cross-artform programmes. At that time, the orchestra was run almost entirely by Collon and key musicians, many of whom were friends from student days.
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Every player deserves a credit, and so of course does conductor Nicholas Collon, who balanced the Adams to perfection with an ideally lyrical-vibrant take on Copland's Appalachian Spring.
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As always with this band everything was carried off in fine style, and Nicholas Collon, their chief conductor, directed with an easy authority.
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Nicholas Collon directed his players in an enthralling performance of Anderson's 2009 The Comedy of Change, a metamorphosis into musical time and energy of the idea of evolution in nature: unpredictable, as slow and beautiful as a Galápagos tortoise sweeping a trail in the sand - and as fast and feisty as a flight of birds, their wingbeats whistling through bow and breath.
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The rhythmic flow and mercurial, Berio-like lurches into the momentarily familiar in Anderson's Tiramisu (1994) were instantly attractive, and the ten instrumentalists from the Aurora Orchestra (four strings, four winds, harp, percussion) expertly guided by Nicholas Collon relished their various groupings as the music progressed to a lyrical coda.
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It helps, too, that in Nicholas Collon the musicians have a conductor who throws himself energetically into music that was not necessarily designed to be performed live, such as the working of Conlon Nancarrow, and his Studies written for player piano. The seventh of these was thought to be impossible for humans, but the 17 soloists assembled on the platform proved this is emphatically not the case in Yvar Mikhashoff's arrangement - the blink-and-you'll-miss-it counterpoint was secured with dazzling virtuosity and precision.
Collon has an affinity with Zappa's music, and it carried over into an exuberant performance of The Adventures of Greggery Peccary... The Aurora percussionists were superb, obtaining remarkable definition in the cavernous acoustic, no matter how complex their patterns. The reduced orchestra, too, was rhythmically tight unified... with Collon's incisive conducting a significant element in the quality of the performance.
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And it did so with a wonderfully imaginative concept that included Vivaldi's G minor Flute Concerto (La Notte) - adroitly dispatched by Jane Mitchell ... Nicholas Collon drew immaculate performances from his players and yet the music was only one element of this ingeniously conceived cross-arts programme.
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There was something rather after-hours, too, about the sepulchral timbres that predominated: the sinister, rocking strings in the Nocturne (superbly balanced by the conductor, Nicholas Collon); Iain Farrington's ethereally wispy arrangements of Gurney and McCartney, and Thomas Adès's dark- hued version of Couperin's enigmatic keyboard work Les Barricades Mistérieuses.
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Aurora's chief conductor Nicholas Collon guided us through the major works with panache.
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The combined string sound had a startling purity and depth, the percussion was precisely heard and Collon's ultra-sensitive ensemble with Kirchschlager turned a demanding work into a thrilling, edge-of-the-seat ride.
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In a city suffocating with musical activity, Nicholas Collon's Aurora Orchestra lets in more fresh air than most.
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Startlingly good performances from Collon and the orchestra, fizzing with energy and enthusiasm - especially Webern's rainbow-hued reworking of the Ricercare from Bach's Musical Offering, Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice in a reduced orchestration, and Yvar Mikhashoff's arrangement of Nancarrow's seventh Player Piano Study.
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There was sharp definition… from the orchestra under Nicholas Collon, especially in the sparkling sound worlds of Dukas's Sorcerer's Apprentice (as cleverly arranged by Iain Farrington) and Elena Kats-Chernin's nervous, edgy Cadences, Deviations and Scarlatti.
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[On Seeing is Believing] It is hard to imagine performances more assured and expressive than these by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra.
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It all made you feel as though you wished Collon and his Aurora Orchestra would simply take over for all the Proms.
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With their appetite for musical diversity and youthful enthusiasm, the six-year-old Aurora Orchestra and their principal conductor, Nicholas Collon, have grand ambitions.
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But for me, the most pleasing moment of the night was to see the Ensemble award go to Aurora Orchestra, 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 - led by the young conductor, Nicholas Collon, who collected the pickle-fork.
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It attracted a very mixed audience, not your average New Music crowd but something way more diverse... Nicholas Collon's Aurora is a fabulous band, a small but extremely virtuoso group whose musical sympathies are enormously wide.
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Matching its virtuosic flair and adventurous programming, Nicholas Collon's London-based Aurora clearly has canny promotional skills too.
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Aurora's programming is as eclectic as Muhly's list of influences; this concert under Nicholas Collon spanned four centuries, finishing with a scamper through the cartoonish Chamber Symphony by John Adams, Muhly's most obvious musical begetter.
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Combining music with dance, Baroque with jazz-inspired tango and chamber music with poppy rock songs, Collon and his players pulled out all the stops to tackle that devil we call love.
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Founding conductor Nicholas Collon, similarly, has the rare knack of combining self-deprecating charm with great intelligence.
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Part of the King's Place Mozart Unwrapped series, Aurora delivered a spellbinding performance Thursday night... Leading the orchestra as well as the audience, Collon broke down the traditional barriers between conductor and audience, engaging them in the performance and bringing to light all the facets of Mozart's genius.
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Watching Collon, it was easy to see the juxtaposition in Mozart's music between the quirky and the sublime. With his innovative conducting style, Collon was able to present Mozart both as an exemplary classical composer and as an experimental and energetic young man... Aurora dazzled the audience with the Linz Symphony, No. 36 in C, K425, performing with a controlled frenetic energy and a high level of virtuosity.
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Under Collon, the playing was vividly exuberant, yet still thoughtful and stylish.
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That's the achievement of the young conductor Nicholas Collon, but it's not the only one. When there's a tricky new opera to be nursed into life, when a top orchestra has a difficult premiere that terrifies more senior conductors, when a promoter wants a bright young enthusiast to lead an extraordinary happening - such as the recent Frank Zappa festival at the Roundhouse - Collon is their first port of call.
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The concert's highlight was the panache of Nicholas Collon's Aurora Orchestra.
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With the aid of comperes Louise Fryer of Radio 3 and the puppet Basil Brush, conductor Nicholas Collon led us in a couple of singalongs to show us what a fugue is and how a percussion section operates.
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One of them, Robin Ticciati, went on to bigger things, but Collon stuck with Aurora and devised the most stimulating orchestral concerts, with a repertoire ranging from Gabrieli and Lully, through Berio and Adams, to new scores with the dots still wet on the page.
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That's typical of his eclecticism and appetite for a challenge... [Collon is] clear-headed, fresh-thinking and a born leader.
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High points that will make you mad with joy.... Aurora's classically restrained [performance of Berio's Laborintus II], meticulously played under Nicholas Collon and benefiting from Frederic Wake-Walker's thoughtful direction, fabulous laser lighting by Daniel Large and a narrator (Peter Eyre) who mostly used English...
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But diversity is the hallmark of Aurora Orchestra, formed five years ago by two Cambridge University friends, Robin Ticciati and Nicholas Collon.
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Ticciati's star has since risen elsewhere, but Collon remains, vigorously conducting fiery and pungent performances...
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Wouldn't it be amazing if there were no musical borders?'


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NICHOLAS COLLON has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2011/12 season. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Aurora Orchestra.


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Nicholas Collon

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Nicholas Collon Artistic Director & Principal Conductor nick@auroraorchestra.com

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