Aurora to play special gig in Belgium on the night UK leaves the EU

No real surprise here.

I spoke to the Aurora Orchestra’s Chief Exec John Harte at the ABO conference in January in an interview during which he revealed Aurora’s plans to play a gig in Belgium on the night the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, assuming Theresa gets her way.

The concert programme – the closing concert in the Brussels Klarafestival and staged at BOZAR concert hall – includes works that symbolise the UK’s connection with Europe despite the political situation – Britten’s Illuminations, Tavener’s Protecting Veil and Haydn’s Farewell Symphony.

It’s a nifty opportunity to exploit a strong news-line that could give Aurora bit of a boost in the national press and broadcast media. Just one thing necessary: Theresa May’s deal goes through. If outlets are looking to reflect on what Brexit means for the UK on the day we leave then it will be good to see an exciting British orchestra included in the coverage.

That Aurora have made the announcement suggests too that they anticipate a soft Brexit is on the cards, and that they are sufficiently confident about arrangements during the transition.

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