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 also recently conducted the first public performance of Howard Blake's Diversions for marimba in the presence of the composer, with soloist Heather Corbett. 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.
Michael Tumelty, Chief Music Critic, The Herald (Oct 2010, Mahler's Fourth Symphony)
"a delicate, technically impeccable and sensitive reading"
The Herald, Oct 2009 (Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire)
Watch: Chris Swaffer conducting the Auricle Ensemble and interviewed about Copland's first film score, The City:
FORTHCOMING: Walton's Façade, The Complete Extant Numbers, across Scotland 2014 and UK 2015
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