Previous Concert Programmes


Mini-Mahler 1
Fourth Symphony and Debussy

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Programme

  1. Claude Debussy
    Prélude à L’après midi d’un faune arr. Benno Sachs
  2. Gustav Mahler
    Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, arranged for soprano and chamber ensemble
  3. Gustav Mahler
    Symphony no. 4 in G major arranged for soprano and chamber ensemble

Auricle's critically acclaimed Mini-Mahler project returns - a chance to hear Mahler's Fourth Symphony accompanied by Debussy's tranquil masterpiece 'Prélude à L'après midi d'un faune' (our small way of marking 150 years since Debussy's birth on August 22nd).

Featuring Auricle's featured artist's Alexa Mason & Una McMahon

Previous performances
Edinburgh Festival, Oran Mor at Glasgow West End Festival, St. Bride's at 7, Tolbooth Stirling.

An Evening at the Cabaret
A night of European and American cabaret music

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    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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Programme

  1. Sir William Walton
    Façade (Complete)

Walton's witty and sparkling Façade 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.
"Mr Walton's music is as original and witty as Miss Sitwell's poetry" Daily Mail, June 1923

Previous Performances
Gatehouse Music Society, Fringe by the Sea at North Berwick, Wigtown Book Festival, St Bride's at 7, Sound Chamber, Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow Botanic Gardens at West End Festival, Byre Theatre

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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  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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  1. Gustav Mahler
    Piano Quartet
  2. Gustav Mahler
    Kindertotenlieder, Arr. Rainer Riehn
  3. Benjamin Britten
    Sinfonietta

Rainer Riehn's initmate reduction of the Kindertotenlider gives a new perspective to Mahler's work, with Britten's youthful Sinfonietta and Mahler's early work for Piano Quartet completing the concert.

To download Auricle's Mini-Mahler Series brochure, click here

Previous Performances
St. Bride's at 7

Miss Donnithorne's Maggot
You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Donnithorne...

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  1. Robin Holloway
    Five Haydn Miniatures
  2. Peter Maxwell Davies
    Fantasia upon one note, after Purcell
  3. Peter Maxwell Davies
    Miss Donnithorne's Maggot

An unmissable concert featuring one of Max's Music Theatre Pieces from the seventies. Following much critical acclaim from her performances of Pierrot Lunaire last year, Alexa Mason returns to take the title role of Miss Donnithorne. The concert plays out as a wedding ceremony complete with dead flowers, spider webs and dusty morning suits. Robin Holloway's arrangements of Haydn's mechanical clock pieces gone very wrong is followed by Miss Donnithorne processing down the aisle to the Fantasia upon one note (complete with banjos, cello-playing pianists and harpsichord-playing violinists). There follows PMD's fantastic, amusingly disturbed and thoroughly deranged theatre piece about Miss Donnithorne, the supposed true inspiration for Dickens' Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Cake will be served after the ceremony.

Previous Performances
St Bride's at 7, Edinburgh University Concert Series at the Reid Hall

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

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  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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Programme

  1. Claude Debussy
    Prélude à L’après midi d’un faune arr. Benno Sachs
  2. Peter Maxwell Davies
    Runes from a Holy Island
  3. Gustav Mahler
    Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, arr. Arnold Schoenberg

Songs of Mahler's wandering wayfarer feature alongside Maxwell Davies beautiful and introspective trip around the island of Hoy.

To download Auricle's Mini-Mahler Series brochure, click here

Previous Performances
St Bride's at 7

Mozart Requiem
Auricle undertake the Requiem...

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  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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  1. Serge Prokofiev
    Peter and The Wolf
  2. Paul Dukas
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  3. George Gershwin
    An American In Paris
  4. Georges Bizet
    Carmen

As part of their 'Reduced Classics' concerts, the Auricle Ensemble perform a wide range of works the whole family can enjoy. Balamory favourite Juliet Cadzow tells the story of Peter and the Wolf, and An American In Paris accompanied by the virtuoso playing of the Auricle Ensemble.

Have-A-Go Stand provided by the Wind Section
Before and after the concert, the players will be on hand with a barrage of instruments for any budding musician, young or old, to have a go!
Guest artistes
Narrator - Juliet Cadzow (Balamory's Edie Mcredie)
Previous Performances
Byre Theatre, Wigtown Book Festival, Oran Mor at Glasgow West End Festival, Classic Music Live at Falkirk Town Hall, Bute Arts Society

Copland Classics
Spin off from our popular American Icons programme

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  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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  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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