The violinist and the Aurora Orchestra presented a performance of virtuosity, spontaneity and spectacle at the Purcell Room on 24 April

Check out these pictures from Everyday Non-sense, featuring violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Aurora Orchestra. The concert was held on Wednesday 24 April at the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, where Kopatchinskaja is currently an artist in residence.

Audience members may have suspected they were not in for a traditional concert when upon entering the hall, were greeted by the sight of Aurora musicians mingling on stage, with Kopatchinskaja vacuuming with a Henry the Hoover at one point.

The performance started with musicians throwing scrunched up pieces of paper at the audience, which turned out to be programme notes. Curtain calls resulted in musicians crumpling to the floor as the lights went out.

The concert featured works by Mozart, Kurtág, Cage, Françaix and Ligeti, as well as Whims by PatKop herself, who directed the show among the living-room aesthetic of the Purcell Room stage.

The eclectic programming featured not only string playing, but impressive vocals, plus percussion played on various items including a bicycle, pots and pans, a spade, blocks of wood and more. Everyday acts were integrated into the performance, such as using a hair dryer, pouring wine and reading the newspaper, with musicians wearing non-traditional concert attire.

All images courtesy Pete Woodhead.

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