Aurora Orchestra, Kings Place, London N1 ★★★☆☆
Is there such a thing as a female musical aesthetic? Saturday night’s concert from the Aurora Orchestra – part of “Venus Unwrapped”, Kings Place’s year-long survey of women composers – gave a “perhaps yes” and “definitely no” to that question.
Emily Hall’s Life Cycle was the piece that seemed to say yes. It was an “exploration of one woman’s journey to motherhood”, told through 18 songs with words by poet Toby Litt, and performed here with tender sensitivity by the orchestra and singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle. That actual journey is full of humdrum things: backache, a need for the loo at inconvenient times, weird cravings for Twiglets at 3am.
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