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Auricle is flexible in number, performing works from five to fifty players around a regular core of eight players under music director Chris Swaffer.

The ensemble is available for hire for a wide range of projects. We can tailor concerts and music to suit your requirements; please follow the links to see examples of our work in these areas. The group's fee is negotiable - each concert is specifically tailored to suit you.

For more information, or to book the Auricle Ensemble, please contact our manager, Derek Warby or dial +44 (0)1903 856831 or Skype derek_warby.


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. We can also offer a Have-A-Go instrument stall with our players on hand to supervise and advise.

Orchestral showpieces at your school

One-off children’s concerts featuring Juliet Cadzow (Balmory’s Edie McCredie) introduce virtuoso orchestral showpieces arranged for small ensemble meaning that you can get a live orchestral sound at your school without the prohibitive cost.

Each concert features our ‘Have-a-go’ stand, so that your pupils can get their hands on real instruments and feel what it’s like to play a trombone, bassoon or violin. Our players are on hand to give a short lesson, and even recommend local teachers (in consultation with your music department.)

Side-by-side with the Auricle Ensemble

Our players have a wealth of orchestral experience from the UK’s top orchestras from which your school orchestra can directly benefit. Using our own specially commissioned arrangements, we sit in amongst your school orchestra and work towards a performance in front of the rest of the school. Pupils get to sit and play alongside professional players, and learn valuable orchestral technique from our musical director. Those watching can benefit from ‘Have-a-go’ stand after the concert.

Specific education projects

Peter and the Wolf: an interactive project targeting several specific learning outcomes outlined in not just the existing 5-14 curriculum, but also in the emerging Curriculum for Excellence. Fully adaptable for specific age groups.
Fusion: an improvisation based, highly interactive workshop concentrating on rhythmical styles, the different sound worlds of different styles of music and what they communicate to us. Participants are free to take control as the performer, the inventor, or the listener by observing, listening, reflecting, describing and finally, responding, resulting in an improvised new work. It is fully adaptable for specific age groups, including adults. The project has been very well received by local community groups and school age children in combination.
Word beat: Combining the talents of our professional actors with our instrumentalists, this work shop specifically encourages the participants to experiment and explore melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns and contrasts with a view to using combinations of sound in inventions and improvisations stimulated by, and including, poetry. This is a syllabus led project directly appealing to Music, English and Drama students, but not excluding other members of the school. The project fulfils several learning outcomes outlined in not just the existing 5-14 curriculum, but also in the emerging Curriculum for Excellence. The students are encouraged to record the ensemble performing the resulting new works, for submission for SQA exams. This project has also been adapted for other community groups such as creative writing circles, music societies, amateur music and drama groups and specialist institutions, as well as school age children.

Composition Workshops

Auricle can work on longer projects, whether it’s working in a number of sessions over a term, or rehearsing and recording pupil’s composition projects. Our highly skilled players can work with young composers showing exactly what their instruments are capable of, and our musical director gives helpful advice in arranging for ensemble.

Music Industry

With its exciting mix of players, flexibility of genres and professional deportment, Auricle is perfectly placed to represent companies and schools tours. If you have a wide portfolio of instruments, we can provide mixed groups of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, keyboards, guitars, singers to highlight your brand and help deliver your message in a clear and professional manner.

Our board has over 25 years combined experience working in the music industry, in instruments, print, education sales and software, and can help tailor and refine your message.

Music Societies

For 2010/11, Auricle has five touring programmes available. A colour brochure with more detail is available on request, as are sample recordings:

Façade, An Evening's Entertainment

Walton's witty and sparking score comes to life with Radio 4 regulars Joanna Tope and Crawford Logan negotiating the complete extant numbers - including movements that have never been publicly performed before.
For photos of this concert, click here

Auricle Music Theatre Classics

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. Alternatively, actor Simon Donaldoson tells the Soldier's Tale, accompanied by Stravinsky's ground breaking score.


Always dreamt of hearing a Mahler symphony performed live by professional musicians in your locality? This can be a reality, with 15 of Auricle's players performing an exquisite reduction of the Fourth Symphony with soprano Una McMahon (Scottish Opera), paired with Debussy's beautiful Prelude a l'apres midi d'un faune.
To download Auricle's Mini-Mahler Series brochure, click here.

An Evening at the Cabaret

New for 2010, Auricle present a concert packed with iconic Cabaret songs and pieces - you'll be in the company of an array of stars as our cast and 10 piece orchestra take you on a journey from dingy 1900's Berlin Cabaret to glitzy Broadway via Paris, London and Buenos Aires
For photos of this concert, click here

Music Festivals

With performances at a number of festivals this summer, Auricle is a flexible self-sufficient touring group. Whether you require strings and brass for pop festivals, a musicals pit band or a chamber group to accompany opera, we can fit the bill.

Works for the stage


Auricle Opera can present small chamber operas from 9 minutes (Barber’s A Hand of Bridge) to 90 minutes (Copland’s Tender Land). Some can be presented as a concert version depending on Grand Rights permissions.

Music Theatre

From Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale to Maxwell Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, our small productions are designed to fit in a compact space, and for a compact budget.


Auricle are available to either present a musical as a concert version, or accompany your choral society. Planned are concert suites from West Side Story, a full concert version of Sondheim’s Sweeny Todd and a small production of Weill’s Threepenny Opera.


Whether playing Copland’s original score of Applachian Spring, or our version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, we can be on hand to work with ballet schools.

Narrated works

As well as more family centred narrated works such as octet versions of Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel, Auricle can also provide the following works:

William Walton. An evening’s entertainment for reciters and ensemble. The complete extant numbers of Façade are presented, even those that had not been set to music by Walton.
Soldiers Tale. Stravinsky’s tale is performed by versatile performer, Simon Donaldson.

Rock / pop backing and studio work

Auricle provides experienced and talented musicians with a flair for performing, and are at home whether in a string quartet supporting a live gig, or recording soundtracks for smaller ensemble either for the Film, TV or Games industry.

Please contact Kenny Letham for more information.


Want an orchestra to play at your wedding? Something larger than a string quartet at your business dinner? Auricle can provide an orchestral sound at an affordable price – arrangements of music you want can also be made. Please contact Kenny Letham for more information.

Auricle on Tour

Auricle is a flexible self-sufficient touring group. Whether you require strings and brass for pop festivals, a musicals pit band or a chamber group to accompany opera, we can fit the bill. Our core season of concerts is also available – please see our current season’s repertoire.

Auricle on Cruise

Auricle is comprised of players with much experience of cruises, and can offer a two-week programme of events, lectures, concerts and recitals. Our professional and friendly musicians are an asset to any cruise – our popular Side-by-Side concert for example, offers the chance for those with any musical talent to join in the group sitting alongside our members. Shorter programmes are available - Please contact Kenny Letham for more information.

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