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Sound Chamber: Showcasing Scotland’s Ensemble Music (Dunedin Consort / Auricle Ensemble)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

As the climax of a half day-long public and industry event promoting Scottish ensembles, this concert saw the juxtaposition of two vastly dissimilar kinds of chamber music; the Dunedin Consort’s traditional choices from Vivaldi, Handel and Bach/Pergolesi, followed by Auricle Ensemble’s selection from William Walton and Edith Sitwell’s humorous Modernist ‘Façade’. Both groups were a success, though it was Auricle that wowed. Dunedin’s vigorous sound was everything one would expect from a dedicated, professional ensemble, but there was no chemistry between the two vocalists. By contrast, Auricle exuded a playful vibe and the two narrators of Sitwell’s poetry complimented each other perfectly. A thought-provoking insight into the contemporary chamber music scene.

St Andrew’s and St George’s West, 22 Aug, 6.00pm (7.15pm), £3.00 – £5.00, fpp219.
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