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Tick, Tock

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

Aurora Orchestra explores ideas of time from the playful to the nightmarish, including in Frank Zappa’s zany masterpiece.

The Adventures of Greggery Peccary is a raucous whirlwind for voice, actors, narrator and orchestra.

Infused with absurdist humour and jazz-rock-pop motifs, this wacky satire philosophises on time via the exceptional pig Greggery, who triggers mayhem when he invents the calendar.

It’s an anarchic, exuberant mash-up of rock, pop, jazz and classical styles.

This colourful music is born out of the fierce creativity of the legendary Frank Zappa, rock star and self-taught composer of complex avant-garde works.

As a counterpoint to Zappa, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Clocks evokes an eerie nightmare of the ticking away of time.

Leroy Anderson’s comical concerto for typewriter clicks and rings with whimsy.

Finally, John Adam’s Gnarly Buttons jerks and jolts with diverse references to hymns, bluegrass and jazz.

It also pays lyrical homage to the memory of his late father.

One of Southbank Centre’s Associate Orchestras, Aurora presents this concert of eclectic pieces as part of its series The Orchestral Theatre, which sets out to reimagine orchestral performance.


Aurora Orchestra
Nicholas Collon conductor
Timothy Orpen clarinet


Elena Kats-Chernin: Clocks
John Adams: Gnarly Buttons
L Anderson: The Typewriter
Frank Zappa: The Adventures of Greggery Peccary

Dates & times

1 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £30
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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