Formed in 2007, the Auricle Ensemble burst into musical life in Scotland with an array of intriguing programmes, virtuoso playing and an approachable and inclusive style to performance. Auricle's diverse repertoire attracts some of Scotland's finest professional players who have performed works by Schoenberg, Copland, Britten, Shostakovich, Daugherty, Ives, Walton, Bernstein, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Weill, Strauss, Dukas, Gershwin, Wagner and Prokofiev. Auricle’s first concert saw some of Scotland’s top jazz artists performing alongside classical musicians to a sell-out audience. The ensemble has since received many favourable reviews and invitations to perform around the UK.
Members of the Auricle Ensemble education team have worked in and helped devise educational projects for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the RSAMD Youthworks and Outreach programmes. We are delighted to offer workshops to all ages from 1 to 100 years old encompassing mainstream schools, special needs schools, community groups and strongly believe that music education does not finish at school. Our workshops may be interactive, involve creative music-making, engage a school orchestra in our side-by-side scheme, or may simply be a mini-concert in form, but all workshops cover several curriculum concepts outlined in not just the existing 5-14 curriculum, but also in the emerging Curriculum for Excellence. We also offer a Have-A-Go instrument stall at selected concerts with our players on hand to supervise and help people of all ages get their first note and inspire them to take up a musical instrument.
Though flexible in number to cope with the demands of its diverse repertoire, the group is formed around a core of eight regular players under Musical Director Chris Swaffer, and includes some of the finest and most experienced musicians in Scotland. The ensemble is available for hire for a wide range of projects. We can tailor concerts and music to suit your requirements; please see our booking page for more information. The ensemble is managed exclusively by DWAM artist management.
"Dazzling and audacious playing from this fearless ensemble" (Glasgow West End Festival, 2008)
"There's something in their programming which suggests a group on the move" (Michael Tumelty, The Herald, 2010)
"a delicate, technically impeccable and sensitive reading" (The Herald - Four star review of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, October 2009)
The group's name, Auricle, refers to both a part of the ear, and a chamber of the heart.