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Auricle at Celtic Connections 2016, with Admiral Fallow

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Fri 15th Jan, 2016, 7.30pm
Mackintosh Church, Queen's Cross
870 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G20 7EL
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The uniquely versatile Admiral Fallow curate a special evening of new and re-imagined music in the intimate setting of the Mackintosh Church. Featuring a freshly commissioned piece by world-renowned percussionist Steve Forman and imaginative arrangements from Gareth Williams (NOISE Opera) and Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) performed in collaboration with innovative chamber group Auricle Ensemble.
These like-minded composers, arrangers and musicians explore their shared desire to make exciting and challenging work in a convergence of formidable creative talent.


Auricle undertakes UK Tour 2015...
The Saxophone at 200 - new project...
New dates for Façade - Helensburgh / Ayr / Linlithgow...
'The City' dates announced - two premieres by Aaron Copland and new commission by Steve Forman

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Walton Façade: New Dates Announced

May 2015, England: North-West & East Midlands

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Press Release: pdf / doc
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Thurs 7th May, 8pm. Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax. Tickets here
Fri 8th May, 7.30pm. University of Leeds International Concert Series. Tickets here
Sat 9th May, 7.30pm. Music In Lyddington, St Andrews Church, Lyddington (between Leicester and Peterborough). Tickets here

William Walton's witty and sparkling Façade comes to life with Radio 4 regulars Joanna Tope and Crawford Logan negotiating the complete extant numbers – including poems that were intended for Façade that were never set, or were lost. Walton’s extraordinary collaboration with poet Edith Sitwell encompasses a huge range of styles from popular song to Stravinsky, from tangos to bitonality, and it is this mélange of quick-changing style that makes the work as exciting to play as it is to listen to. All the well-known numbers such as ‘Sir Beelzebub’, ‘Scotch Rhapsody’, ‘Old Sir Faulk’, ‘Yodelling Song’ and ‘Aubade’ are included in this fabulous concert.

“Mr Walton’s Music is as original and witty as Miss Sitwell’s poetry” - Daily Mail June 1923.

The Saxophone at 200

Press Release: pdf / doc
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On Sunday 9th November from 5pm, world-renowned saxophonist 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”.

The event is part of the St. Bride’s Festival and is sponsored by The Wind Section and Yamaha UK.

£8 and £5, available from Ticketsource on 0333 666 3366, online here, or on the door (Tickets via post add £1.50, via text add £0.50 - no charges for Print at Home tickets).
School group tickets and tickets for instrumental teachers and their students, are available from

“Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you” - Charlie Parker.

5pm – Doors Open Meet the Technicians / Have-a-Go Stand / Pro Stand, provided by Yamaha UK and Wind Section, Edinburgh.
5.20pm– Masterclass, featuring players from all stages of learning
6.15pm – Discovering Milhaud’s La création du monde Chris Swaffer and 18 of Auricle’s players explain the origins and the music of Milhaud’s seminal work from the 1920’s followed by a full performance.
7.30 – The Saxophone at 200 Lecture Recital by Richard Ingham. Richard charts the history of the saxophone from its origins through to present day jazz, rock and pop. Features key solo and chamber works performed by Richard, with pianist Laura Baxter and players from Auricle. Includes the Webern Quartet, the original version of Copland’s Quiet City (which was given its European Premiere by Auricle in 2013), excerpts from Walton’s Façade, and many solo works, including Debussy, Glazunov, Heath and Demersseman.
9pm-10pm – Jazz in the Crypt Richard pays tribute to his own saxophone idols with historic sax solos as played by the likes of Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. With pianist Stuart Small.

Façade Dates

Auricle takes its popular Facade performance to Helensburgh, Ayr and Linlithgow:
Sat Jan 18th, 7.45pm. Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. Tickets here
Thurs Jan 23rd, 7.30pm. Gaiety Theatre, Carrick Street, Ayr. Tickets here
Sat Jan 25th, 7.30pm. Linlithgow Academy, Braehead Road, Linlithgow. Tickets here

The City

Auricle performs live alongside a showing of seminal documentary ‘The City’. Produced for New York’s 1939 World Fair, it was written by Lewis Mumford who was greatly inspired by Scot, Sir Patrick Geddes. Aaron Copland’s accompanying score has been described as “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema” (LA Times). Actor Crawford Logan narrates live alongside twenty musicians directed by Chris Swaffer. The concert also features premieres of Copland’s ‘Quiet City’ (original version), ‘Sprawl’ by Steve Forman and an introductory talk by leading town planners, architects and urbanists to put the whole project in context.

The City is now available as part of our permanent touring repertoire - more information can be found in our touring brochure here.
For all details, please contact Derek Warby Artist Management here

Previous Performances: Mon Jan 28th, 8pm, Summerhall Arts Centre, Edinburgh (Click here for info...)
Sun Feb 17th, 7.30pm, The Old Fruitmarket, Part of Glasgow Film Festival 2013 (Click here for info...)

New representation for Auricle

We are pleased and excited to announce that Derek Warby Artist Management will be representing Auricle. In a press release, Derek Warby said he was "delighted to have taken on the management of the groundbreaking and innovative Auricle Ensemble. Watch out for them!" To contact Derek, please visit the Links page, or click here...

Composer-in-Association announced

Auricle is pleased to announce details of their first composer-in-association, Steve Forman. Steve will be collaborating with Auricle from mid-2011 with kind support from the PRS For Music Foundation. Steve will be creating new work with Auricle, as well as re-presenting some of his earlier pieces. Steve's career has taken him from Los Angeles where he worked as a session musician, to Glasgow where he is currently finishing a composition PhD at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. With particular interests in ethnic forms and world percussion instruments, he also became known for combining digital sampling with live percussion, and has created many special percussive effects and sequences for the screen. He has worked on many soundtracks and with hundreds of artists around the world - such as David Bowie, The Beach Boys, James Taylor, Pink Floyd...and now Auricle!

"I'm extremely excited about working closely with Auricle Ensemble and collaborating with many of the finest musicians in Scotland," said Steve Forman, “Auricle combine an abiding respect and appreciation for traditional styles and repertoire with a keen enthusiasm for new musical forms and structures beyond the usual limits of contemporary concert programming, and bring a world-class standard of performance precision, and a deep emotional sensitivity to every project they undertake. As an emerging composer, to be invited to team up with such a versatile and capable group of seasoned professionals is a fantastic opportunity, and for me, literally a dream come true."

"We're thrilled to be working with Steve", said Musical Director Chris Swaffer, "it'll be a fantastic collaboration that will not only see new pieces created but also be a platform for Steve's exciting catalogue of existing music over a number of seasons. By working in this way, we feel we can provide crucial performance longevity to the work created, maximise audience familiarity to Steve and his music over time and create a real working relationship between players and a composer. Exciting times."

Watch this space for dates, times and venues...

Chamber Music Matters Conference announced

Auricle is pleased to announce it will be supporting the recently announced Chamber Music Matters Conference, held at Glasgow Concert Hall on the 25th and 26th of May, 2012.

Enterprise Music Scotland are hosting the event, which will bring together artists and interested parties from all over the world for concerts, networking opportunities and lectures. EMS have recently merged with Scotland's Chamber Music Forum of whom Auricle was a member, bringing a clear voice to chamber ensembles from all over Scotland.

"This is a fantastic event", said Musical Director Chris Swaffer, "a real platform, not just for the stalwarts of the Scottish chamber ensemble scene, but vitally for new, young groups too through the showcase sessions"

2011 Festival Appearances

/STOPPRESS/ Tickets now released for Fringe by the Sea, Edinburgh Fringe and Wigtown Book Festival dates. See Concerts page for direct links...

Over the coming months, Auricle will be appearing at a number of festivals, including Glasgow's West End Festival, Edinburgh's Fringe, Fringe by the Sea in North Berwick and Wigtown's international Book Festival. Our performances include another two chances to hear our Facade show with Crawford Logan and Joanna Tope, a European premiere of the suite from Wynton Marsalis' 'Fiddler's Tale' and brand new arrangements especially made by Auricle, of the incidental music of Scottish composer Thomas Wilson.
All concert and ticket info here...

Further Facades

Two great audiences, two great actors and more fun than you're really supposed to have at a concert... Following our recent performances of the complete movements of William Walton's Facade in Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway we've been approached by a number of festivals to repeat the experience over the summer, so if you've missed out so far, watch this space!


Auricle transformed both St.Bride's and Edinburgh's Reid Hall into decaying, dusty wedding ceremonies (complete with wedding cake), to give two performances of Maxwell Davies' 'Miss Donnithorne's Maggot'.

Robin Holloway's charming and surpising 5 Haydn Miniatures was very warmly received but gave no hint at the mayhem to come. Max's Fantasia on one note after Purcell (complete with banjo-playing percussionist, harpsichord-playing violinist and cello-playing harpsichordist) provided the perfect accompaniment for Miss Donnithorne to process down the aisle (aka Alexa Mason wearing a wedding gown and the most startling make-up).

The Scottish Review (Institute of Contemporary Scotland). Review by Hugh Kerr here
Leith FM Online. Review by Fin Wycherley here

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West End Festival 2010

Herald Feature Article/Interview Magical Mahler: here

Auricle's two sell-out concerts at this year's Glasgow West End Festival featured Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera with an amazing cast singing Jeremy Sams razor sharp translations. Auricle then performed its twentieth concert - our Mini-Mahler journey so far in Oran Mor's beautiful auditorium, with soprano Una McMahon to a packed (and hot) house.

For the full Herald Review of the Mini-Mahler Concert at Oran Mor by Chief Music Critic Michael Tumelty, click: here

Auricle 2010/11

Auricle's next two seasons of concerts have been announced, including its ambitious two year Mahler project. Click the image below to download the Mahler brochure (pdf), or follow the link for our complete season here...

To read Michael Tumelty's Herald article about Auricle and its forthcoming season (From Miles Davis and Mahler to an ensemble affair, Arts Section, 06/02/10), please click here...

Auricle and Pierrot

Auricle's performances of Pierrot Lunaire garnered much interest and great reviews. Over 100 people turned out over their lunchtime to hear Pierrot Lunaire at Edinburgh University, and at the Wigtown Book Festival, the audience enjoyed a Discovering Music style introduction, before an atmospheric late night performance under a full moon.

"a delicate, technically impeccable and sensitive reading of Schoenberg’s detailed score"
For the full review of the Glasgow performance in the Herald, click here...

To hear Auricle's Schoenberg interview on Leith FM, click here

"extraordinary" Wigtown Book Festival

Auricle's Edinburgh Uni concert is also cited in Kenneth Walton's Scotsman article
"Let music be the food of lunch"

Auricle Announce New Residency

Auricle is pleased to announced its residency at St. Bride's church in the heart of Glasgow's West End.

St. Bride's will be the new administrative and rehearsal home of Auricle, as well as being the venue for selected Glasgow performances. St. Bride's has seen Auricle perform a number of critically acclaimed concerts, including Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (4-star, Herald) and the start of Auricle's two year Mini-Mahler project ("an artistic goldmine", Michael Tumelty).

St. Bride's boasts a historic 1865 Hill organ as well as a new 9 foot Steinway piano - this instrument will be featured in our staged 'mock wedding' performance of Peter Maxwell Davies Miss Donnithorne's Maggot with Alexa Mason as Miss Donnithorne.

All of Auricle's percussion and PA equipment stored at St. Bride's is available for other performing groups to hire - please contact manager Kenny Letham for more information.

For all St. Bride's concert listings, please click the picture above.

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