Soloist - 2019: To be announced...

Artistic Director - Chris Swaffer
Chris is currently Artistic Director of the Auricle Ensemble and the Universities of Scotland Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted many ensembles, including the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestras and the Metropolitan Ensemble of London and recently made his debut with the Orchestra of Opera North conducting Copland's complete original score to Appalachian Spring. Christopher's passion for new music has seen him conduct many premieres, including the UK premiere of the Ives Society Critical Edition of Charles Ives' Second Symphony and seven world premieres at the Royal Northern College of Music with contemporary music group Ensemble 11. He conducted the first public performance of Howard Blake's Diversions for marimba in the presence of the composer, with soloist Heather Corbett. He also recently lead a Scottish Opera Connect workshop on a brand new contemporary opera. With Auricle he has directed several critically acclaimed projects including, Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, a two year Mini-Mahler project and two European premieres of works by Copland, one of which, The City, was performed live to film at the Glasgow Film Festival. Chris was educated at Chetham's School of Music and holds a Masters degree in composition and conducting from the University of Manchester. He has actively participated in many masterclasses across the world and gained a place at the Bard Summer Music Festival, New York where he conducted Mahler's Sixth Symphony

2018 Tutors

Full Strings - Chris George
Violin - Chris George, Justine Watts
Viola - Michael Beeston
Cello - John Davidson
Bass - May Halyburton
Harp and Celesta - Sophie Askew

Full Wind - John Cushing
Flute - Michelle McCabe
Oboe - Kirsty Logan
Clarinet - John Cushing
Bassoon - Heather Kent

Full Brass & Percussion - Robert Baxter
Horn - Christine Smith
Trumpet - Robert Baxter 
Trombone, Tuba
 - Ronnie McNivern
Percussion - Andrew Horne

Previous Tutors

Previous Conductors
Chris George
Chris Swaffer
Andrew Nunn - Les Sirenes Choir

Previous Soloists
Simon Donaldson - Narrator
Richard Ingham - Saxophone
Daniel Browell - Piano
Rudi de Groote - Cello
Tamas Fejes - Violin
Les Sirenes - Choir

Previous Tutors

Full Strings - Chris George
Violin - Justine Watts, Chris George, Tamas Fejes, Elita Poulter, Liz Beeston, Heidi Kuehne, Jacquie Speirs
Viola - Michael Beeston
Cello - John Davidson, Chris Gray
Bass - Chris Gray, Paul Sutherland, Paul Speirs, May Halyburton, Neil Cameron

Full Wind - Duncan Swindells, Julian Appleyard
Flute - Michelle McCabe, Emma Roche
Oboe - Julian Appleyard, Rona Pollard, Colin Friend
Clarinet - John Cushing, Lawrence Gill, Duncan Swindells
Bassoon - Simon Rennard, Kath Nagl

Full Brass & Percussion - Robert Baxter
Horn - Christine Smith
Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba - Robert Baxter
Percussion - Andrew Horne

Conducting - Bede Williams