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Ten years of Auricle...

Our current projects can be found here, but here follows some of our favourite projects from the first ten years of Auricle. Most are available for booking for music societies, festivals and concerts series, please get in touch with any queries.


Re-Write


Classical chamber works, written by rockstars...

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The Soldier's Tale


Auricle's unique presentation of Stravinsky's seminal music theatre work

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The City


Performed live to the film, Auricle recreates Aaron Copland's first film score

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The Upside Down Sailor


Roxanna Panufnik's work for wind, telling the true story of sailor Tony Bullimore

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Magic Night


Kurt Weill's recently rediscovered ballet score...

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Love's Joy // Love's Sorrow


An evening of poetry and music, centred around the piano trio version of Verklärte Nacht

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Mini-Mahler 1


Fourth Symphony and Debussy

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Common Ground


Collaboration with Admiral Fallow, for the Celtic Connections Festival

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Programme
  1. Guest of the Government
    arranged Gareth Williams
  2. Bomb through the Town
    arranged Gareth Williams
  3. Squealing Pigs
    arranged Aidan O'Rourke
  4. Building as Foreign
    arranged Aidan O'Rourke
  5. Sunday
    arranged Phil Hague
  6. Liquor and Milk
    arranged Chris Swaffer
  7. Four Bulbs
    arranged Chris Swaffer

A unique and one-off collaboration between Admiral Fallow and Auricle, featuring arrangements and re-imaginings of the band's back catalogue by Aidan O'Rourke, Phil Hague, Gareth Williams and Chris Swaffer. A sell out crowd at the atmospheric Mackintosh Church heard first the band's collaboration with composer Steve Forman, before 20 Auriclers squeezed onto stage. The gig even featured Auricle singing SATB, accompanying the band's signature encore, Four Bulbs


The Saxophone at 200


Recital / lecture / performance - presented by Richard Ingham

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Programme
  1. 5pm Open Event
    Have-A-Go Stand / Meet the Technicians. Presented by The Wind Section and Yamaha.
  2. 5.30pm Saxophone Masterclass
    with Richard Ingham and Laura Baxter (piano)
  3. 6.30pm Mihaud La création du monde
    Introduced and performed by Chris Swaffer and Auricle
  4. 7.30pm The Saxophone at 200
    Lecture recital by Richard Ingham, featuring Laura Baxter (piano).
    Auricle also joins Richard to play Webern Quartet and movements from Walton's Facade.
  5. 8.45pm Jazz Session
    Richard Ingham is joined by pianist Stuart Small

World-renowned saxophonist and Auricle regular Richard Ingham celebrates 200 years since the birth of Adolphe Sax at St Bride’s in the West End of Glasgow. Richard’s popular and entertaining lecture recital takes in the history of the saxophone, right up to present day with solo and chamber repertoire performed with piano and with Auricle. Auricle are also presenting one of their critically acclaimed Discovery sessions, on Milhaud’s seminal work La création du monde for chamber orchestra. Masterclasses, Hands-on sessions and a late night ‘Jazz in the Crypt’ complete the evening’s line up.

Richard Ingham said, “This is a great opportunity to play the saxophone, hear the saxophone, and celebrate Adolphe Sax at 200.” Auricle’s Artistic Director Chris Swaffer said, “This will be a really exciting event – the saxophone’s roots in jazz, classical music and rock will make for an extraordinarily diverse evening”.


An Evening at the Cabaret


A night of European and American cabaret music

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Programme

    First Half: Europe
  1. Benjamin Britten
    The Spider and the Fly
  2. Arnold Schoenberg
    Nachtwandler (Brettl Lieder)
  3. Kurt Weill
    Nanna's Lied
  4. Benjamin Britten
    Cabaret Songs
  5. Steve Forman
    Two Cabaret Songs, after Liz Lochhead (New commission, world premiere)
  6. Erik Satie
    Je te veux
  7. Georges van Parys
    Complainte de la butte (Moulin Rouge)
  8. Charles Dumont
    Les flons-flons du bal (Edith Piaf)
  9. Friederick Hollander
    Ich bin von Kopf...(Marlene Dietrich, Falling in love again...)
  10. Kurt Weill
    Threepenny Opera: Mack the Knife - Pirate Jenny - Jealousy Duet

  11. Second Half: The Americas
  12. Carlos Surinach
    Hollywood Carnival
  13. Astor Piazzolla
    Primavera portena
  14. Astor Piazzolla
    La Primera Palabra
  15. Cole Porter
    My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  16. Jerome Kern
    The Last Time I Saw Paris
  17. George Gershwin
    The Man I Love
  18. William Bolcom
    Song of Black Max
  19. Cole Porter
    I Get A Kick Out of You
  20. John Kander
    Cabaret: Don't Tell Mama - Mein Herr
  21. Finale: John Kander
    All that Jazz (Chicago) - Auf Wiedersehen (Cabaret)
  22. Encore: Charles Dumont
    Je ne regrette rien (Edith Piaf)

This one-night-only concert is jam packed with iconic Cabaret songs and pieces - you’ll be in the company of Auricle and special guests with songs from Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Britten, Kurt Weill, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, music from the hit shows Chicago and Cabaret, and the fiery Latin music of Piazzolla. Our composer-in-residence Steve Forman has also specially composed two songs after the poetry of Motherwell born poet, Liz Lochhead.

Let our professional cast take you on a journey from dingy 1900’s Berlin Cabaret to glitzy Broadway via Paris, London and Buenos Aires: this is cabaret like you’ve never heard it before and is a must see!

“a diverse but inspirational programme from an incredibly versatile ensemble”
(3weeks.com, Sep 2008)

Guest Artistes
Featuring Caley Cheney, Evan Grosshans, Alexa Mason, Una McMahon and Simone Sahyouni
Previous performances
Music in Lanark World Heritage Village, Oran Mor at Glasgow West End Festival

Walton's Façade, An Evening's Entertainment


The complete extant numbers of Walton and Sitwell's dazzling tour de force

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The Fiddler's Tale


Wynton Marsalis' fantastic new twist on Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale

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Programme
  1. Wynton Marsalis
    A Fiddler's Tale (Complete with narration, or suite alone)

Auricle presents a tuneful, funky, melodious and toe-tapping update of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale. Be there for the European première of the suite from Grammy award winning composer and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis's A Fiddler's Tale

Special guest appearances by actor Rodd Christensen.

Previous performances
Cottier Theatre at the Glasgow West End Festival

Thomas Wilson - Incidental Music


Premiere reconstructions of Glasgow composer Thomas Wilson

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Programme
  1. Thomas Wilson
    Incidental Music arr. K Letham
    I. A Scot's Quair (Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite)
    II. Glencoe (with the poem by Douglas Stewart)

UK première of a new suite of previously unpublished incidental pieces by West End of Glasgow composer Thomas Wilson. His music for the BBC Radio broadcast Glencoe is also reconstructed for the first time

Special guest appearances by actor Crawford Logan.

Previous performances
Cottier Theatre at the Glasgow West End Festival

Mini-Mahler 2


Britten & Mahler

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Miss Donnithorne's Maggot


You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Donnithorne...

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Threepenny Opera in Concert


Concert version with biting translations of Brecht's lyrics by Jeremy Sams

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Programme
  1. Kurt Weill
    The Threepenny Opera

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's original dark and gritty vision comes to life in Jeremy Sams razor sharp modern translation - with a professional lineup of singers and narrator,the Auricle Ensemble perform Kurt Weill's original score.

Parental advisory - some explicit lyrics.

Guest Artistes Feature:
Caley Cheney, Paul Featherstone, Alexa Mason, Una McMahon
Previous Performances
The Venue - downstairs nightclub at Oran Mor, Glasgow West End Festival

Mini-Mahler 3


Wayfarers - Mahler & Maxwell Davies

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Mozart Requiem


Auricle undertake the Requiem...

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Programme
  1. W.A. Mozart
    Requiem, K.626, completed by Franz Sussmayr, revised by Duncan Druce

In a special concert celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bothwell Philharmonic Choir, Auricle and conductor Chris Swaffer bring their reduced orchestration talents in accompaniment to their performance of Mozart's Requiem. Other reduced performances available include a special arrangement of Brahms Requiem


Pierrot Lunaire


Auricle tours with Pierrot...

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Programme
  1. Auricle Ensemble
    Discovering Pierrot
  2. Arnold Schoenberg
    Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21

Soprano Alexa Mason performs Schoenberg’s seminal work, Pierrot Lunaire in a special concert complete with atmospheric lighting and surtitles - introduced and explained by the musicians.

Previous Performances
St. Bride's at 7, Wigtown Book Festival, Edinburgh University concert series at the Reid Hall.

Reduced Classics


Auricle's popular classics series

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Copland Classics


Spin off from our popular American Icons programme

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Programme
  1. Aaron Copland
    Music for the Theatre
  2. Charles Ives
    The Unanswered Question
  3. Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 instrumentalists
  4. Aaron Copland
    Clarinet Concerto
Previous Performances
Balerno Music Festival

American Icons


Ives, Rhapsody in Blue, West Side Story and not one, but two Barbies. Must be an Auricle concert then...

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Programme
  1. Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 instrumentalists
  2. Charles Ives
    The Unanswered Question
  3. Leonard Bernstein
    West Side Story, Concert Suite
  4. Michael Daugherty
    What's That Spell? (B-A-R-B-I-E)
  5. George Gershwin
    Rhapsody In Blue - Original Jazz Band Version, 1924
Featured Artistes
Auricle featured singers, Alexa Mason and Una McMahon, Paul Featherstone and Laura Baxter on piano
Previous performances
Edinburgh Festival

Chamber Ensemble Classics


Copland, Wagner, Ives, Schoenberg

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Programme
  1. Richard Wagner
    Siegfried-Idyll
  2. Arnold Schoenberg
    Chamber Symphony no.1 in E major, Op. 9
  3. Charles Ives
    The Unanswered Question
  4. Aaron Copland
    Appalachian Spring, Suite for 13 instrumentalists

Rhapsody in Blue, and other jazz classics


Where it all began...

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Programme
  1. Dmitri Shostakovich
    Jazz Suite No. 1
  2. Igor Stravinsky
    Ebony Concerto
  3. Darius Milhaud
    La Création du monde
  4. Leonard Bernstein
    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  5. Miles Davis
    Birth of the Cool
  6. George Gershwin
    Rhapsody in Blue, Original Jazz Band Version
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