The Auricula Suite: It all started because we are musicians with a garden full of Primula auricula flowers…
We wrote and recorded a set of songs dedicated to the little alpine flower, the Primula auricula, and its history. The Auricula Suite tells a re-imagined story of a historical journey to a new land. Inspired by folk tales of the flower’s 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees, it is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning. Listen to a track from the album illustrated by some of our auriculas.
The album was launched at a concert and flower show at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey, site of the oldest auricula theatre in England and featured in our auricula heritage project ‘My Ancestors were French’, music, art, film and poetry telling of a journey to a new land, exploring the modern day experiences of new settlers today. Part of ‘All Our Stories’, in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ we explored what it feels like to be a stranger in a strange land.
Primula auricula Loudhailer: We are delighted that a beautiful new cultivar of border auricula ‘Primula auricula Loudhailer’ has been grown by specialist growers Drointon Nurseries and named after our music name, Loudhailer. Discover more here Primula auricula Loudhailer
Welcome to The Auricula Suite website, we hope you enjoy it.
Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard
The Auricula Suite: “The music was intricately beautiful, the songs informative and real, the performers were fascinating to watch and the whole entertainment and feel of the evening was celebratory. “ Gifford Rolfe Music
The Concert: “What a fantastic evening the Auricula Suite concert is – beautiful people, music, and flowers. A room bursting with colour, love & enriched with mesmeric music…we all absolutely loved it!” Lynn Beaumont
Auriculas grown and photographed by Richard Duffy-Howard
The Auricula Suite Album is released on the DHM record label, featuring The Auricula Suite Ensemble – vocals, acoustic guitars, hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy.
Enquiries – contact: Loudhailer Promotions