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Auricle has become well known, and critically acclaimed, for its reduced orchestrations of popular works. We've done so many, they fall into a few categories - from our family "Reduced Classics" concerts, to late night cabaret...


Orchestral Octets

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Originally written for members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Auricle Ensemble present a selection of virtuosic arrangements of full unabridged orchestral showpieces in their original keys.
The arrangements are for an orchestral octet comprising a pair of instruments from each family. Our concert can be performed as is, or with narration and introductions by our actor. For family concerts, the music stays the same, but the narration is more family friendly and we also provide a “Have-a-Go” instrument stand to allow people of all ages to get their first note from the instruments


Pocket-Sized Orchestral Showpieces

Bizet—Carmen Suite no. 2
Dukas—L’apprentice sorcier
Gershwin—An American In Paris
Mussorgsky—Pictures at an Exhibition (with projection)
Prokofiev—Peter and The Wolf
Strauss, R.—Till Eulenspiegel lustiges Streiche

Thomas Wilson - On Radio and TV

'A Scot’s Quair' Music from the BBC TV series
'Glencoe' Music from the BBC Radio Adaptation (Text by Douglas Stewart, Narrated by Crawford Logan)

“Rousing” The Guardian (Glencoe)
"Smaller classics, perfectly formed" The Buteman


Selected Previous Performances

Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Classic Music Live, Falkirk
Bute Arts Society
Oran Mor, Glasgow
Cottier Theatre, Glasgow
Wigtown Book Festival


Mini-Mahler

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The starting point for Auricle’s Mini-Mahler project was the Society for Private Musical Performance (Verein fur Musikalische Privatauffuhrungen) established in post-war Vienna. Created in 1918, it was the brainchild of composer Arnold Schoenberg who was tired of the conservative and stifling criticism of new music by critics and audiences. He sought to create an environment where music could be carefully rehearsed and then performed in front of genuinely interested members. Clarity and comprehensibility were the aims of the society and Schoenberg would personally rehearse the gifted young musicians. Many large scale works, performances of which would be unthinkable in the financial climate of post-war Vienna, were meticulously prepared and arranged for reduced ensemble or piano duo with more complex works often repeated in the same program.

Though performances of Mahler’s largest works are by no means rare today, these ’Verein’ reductions of Mahler’s works have endured, indeed, there are many modern attempts at reducing his work for chamber ensemble. These arrangements seem to make more legible his compositional intent, by clarifying lines and reducing the music to its bare essence. In that sense, they are still important in making the music of Mahler more accessible through entirely new performance contexts. Auricle has performed most of the available Mahler reductions and the available works. All songs are provided with live surtitling at no extra charge.

“revelatory...gorgeous...compelling…characterful...ravishing...****” The Herald

Selected Previous Performances

Edinburgh Festival
Tolbooth Stirling
St Bride's at 7
Oran Mor, Glasgow


Choral Societies

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Many choral societies and schools throughout the UK perform their repertoire with organ or piano accompaniment, losing a huge part of the magic offered by the experience of singing with a live, professional orchestra. The Auricle Ensemble has devised a flexible orchestral package aimed at providing everything required to make your final performance a resounding success sounding as the composer intended it. We can provide reduced arrangements of many choral society classics, from Brahms Requiem to Carmina Burana and take care of everything, from the music to even providing soloists and a conductor We can make your concert exceptional in every way and we can do this affordably and more importantly, professionally.


Theatre Orchestra

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Auricle has bespoke reductions ready for your ballet, music theatre or opera production. Whether it's performing Carmen or Sweeney Todd, Threepenny Opera or Nutcracker, we can squeeze into the smallest of pits but still provide a full orchestral sound.