Aurora Orchestra - 'Insomnia' Album Recording

We need your help to raise £10,000 to fund Aurora's next recording - Insomnia - for release on the Warner Classics label.

We did it!

On 30th Oct 2014 we successfully raised £10,700 of £10,000 target with 96 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

Aurora's stretch target

We've achieved our target to make the recording! Thanks so much to all of you who have pledged so far.

Now for the next challenge: getting the disc to the widest possible audience.

Extra pledges received for our Insomnia project between now and our deadline on 30 October will help us:

- bring the Insomnia programme to young audiences: we'll create and tour a new Britten-inspired production as part of 'Far, Far Away', Aurora's groundbreaking series of 'orchestral theatre' concerts for young people and families. (Funding needed: £5,000)

- launch the Insomnia recording with a bang: we'll stage an event in London during the winter of 2015, featuring live performances by members of the orchestra and Allan Clayton (Funding needed: £5,000)

Check out the film trailer for Aurora's 'Far, Far Away' series below:

Thank you so much for your continued support! Please continue to help us spread the word by sharing our campaign online through Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #AuroraInsomnia and mentioning @auroraorchestra.

Aurora's aim

Aurora Orchestra needs your help to raise £10,000 to fund its next recording for release on the Warner Classics label.

About Aurora

Since its creation in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has rapidly established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation. It aims to be the world’s most creative orchestra, combining electrifying live performance with a uniquely creative approach to programming and presentation. 

Under the artistic direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, it has developed flourishing London series at LSO St Luke’s and Kings Place, and also appears regularly at other major London venues including Southbank Centre, Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as venues and festivals across the UK and internationally.

It has developed a particularly strong reputation for its adventures across musical styles and art forms, with recent collaborators ranging from ceramicist and writer Edmund de Waal to choreographer Wayne McGregor, film-maker Jon Frank, and swing band Man Overboard.

For more information about Aurora visit:  

About Aurora's Insomnia album 

Aurora was delighted to sign a three-album licensing agreement with Warner Classics in 2013. This exciting new relationship presents the orchestra with the creative freedom to make our own recordings: importantly, the orchestra maintains ownership over the albums, with Warner Classics distributing them on our behalf. It’s a hugely important step forward for Aurora, allowing us to take the orchestra’s distinctive brand of creative programming to a much broader global audience with the help of one of the world’s great record labels.

The first recording – Road Trip – is due for international release in January 2015. We will return to the studio in November to record a second album – Insomnia – based around a collaboration with the fabulous tenor Allan Clayton, due for release in the winter of 2015/16.

A characteristically eclectic Aurora programme, the album will take the listener on a journey through the darkness of a sleepless night. Repertoire includes music by Britten (his extraordinary Nocturne) and Brett Dean (Pastoral Symphony), alongside other music of the night from composers Thomas Adès, Ivor Gurney and Ligeti (the Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes), and one or two unexpected surprises.

This is a golden opportunity for the orchestra to record some of the repertoire close to its heart alongside one of UK's brightest vocal stars.

Aurora Orchestra Insomnia

Aurora Orchestra and Allan Clayton at LSO St Luke's, March 2013, for Insomnia

Check out the film trailer for the original concert programme which inspired this project (NB - not all repertoire listed here will feature on the recorded album)

Why do we need your help? 

A recording project like this needs a big investment from the orchestra: Aurora is responsible for all the costs involved in producing the recording, with our colleagues at Warner Classics then distributing and promoting the album for us all over the world.  

We're looking for people to join our circle of supporters to help us make the project a reality and take the next vital step in the orchestra's artistic development. We need your help to raise £10,000 between now and the start of the recording sessions in November.

What people are saying about Aurora

We've been very fortunate to have some great press reviews from our concert performances and comments about the orchestra in general. We've selected some of our favourites below:

"Aurora’s latest themed programme, Insomnia, was created with the idea of 'charting a course through the darkness of a troubled night'. And it did so with a wonderfully imaginative concept… Nicholas Collon drew immaculate performances from his players and yet the music was only one element of this ingeniously conceived cross-arts programme. Refreshing the repertoire and broadening appeal are imperative these days. Nobody does it better than Aurora.” Barry Millington, Evening Standard

“Aurora Orchestra’s steady rise to prominence has been one of the unqualified good-news stories of the past few years – and the ingredients of its success are unique and hard to copy.” Toby Deller, Classical Music Magazine

“No doubt about it: when it comes to eye-catching presentation, the Aurora Orchestra leaves everyone else standing.” Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

“A fabulous young chamber orchestra that has emerged as one of the most dynamic, innovative and open-minded groups of its kind.” Michael White, The Telegraph

“It’s typical of the Aurora Orchestra to have a bright idea, and then carry it through with aplomb… [An] almost belligerent brilliance.” Geoff Brown, The Times

Aurora Orchestra 3D models Aurora 3D-printed model orchestra


We've got some great rewards on offer in return for your support. You can see the full range on the right hand side of this page, but to give you a flavour, we are offering:

  • an advance copy of Aurora's Insomnia CD before international release
  • a credit in the recording liner notes 
  • an opportunity to join us in the recording studio to watch the sessions in person
  • a poster signed by members of the orchestra
  • the baton that Nicholas Collon will be using to conduct the sessions
  • a very special one-off reward - the 3D-printed version of Aurora which we made for this year’s season brochure - check out the photo above!

Thank you!

Thank you for your support - we couldn't do it without you!

Please make a pledge now and help us spread the word by sharing our campaign online through Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #AuroraInsomnia and mentioning @auroraorchestra.

If you have any questions about the campaign, or Aurora Orchestra in general, please email

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