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Sunday 31 July 2022, 4pm

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Aurora Orchestra: Beethoven 5 from memory

Aurora Orchestra: Beethoven 5 from memory

Presented by Saffron Hall

Violinists from the Aurora Orchestra performing on stage with their bows in the air

The Aurora Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon are regulars at Saffron Hall and never fail to thrill with their engaging playfulness and immediacy – characteristics shared by Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who performs Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1.

With its famously dramatic opening, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is made all the more exciting in a performance given entirely from memory, the absence of music stands and scores creating an electrifying intimacy between orchestra and audience.

For this concert, which forms part of Cambridge Summer Music Festival, BBC Radio 3’s Tom Service joins Nicholas Collon to introduce the symphony, harnessing the unique potential of an orchestra playing by heart to get beneath the skin of Beethoven’s music in new and illuminating ways.



This performance is supported by Dominic & Ali Wallis

Performance information

Running time

2 hours 15 minutes

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Programme and performers


  • Iannis Xenakis O-Mega
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Violin Concerto No.1
  • Introduction to Beethoven 5 presented by Nicholas Collon and Tom Service
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.5


  • Aurora Orchestra
  • Nicholas Collon conductor
  • Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin
  • Tom Service presenter

Information for your visit

Sunday 31 July 2022, 4pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

When to arrive

3pm - 3.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts


Show ends

6.15pm (approx)

Additional information


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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