The Album Destiny is Volume 1 of a compilation of Scottish songs arranged and orchestrated by Auralis.
The Stone of Destiny is where the ancient kings of Scotland were crowned. It is a symbol of Scotland's independence as a nation, but it is also more than that. The stone represents the flowering of a great small nation, which not only gave to the world great philosophers, doctors, scientists, engineers and artists, but also gave to the world great song-writing poets, such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
Auralis has brilliantly taken ten great Scottish Traditional Songs and produced an album of lush arrangements that are beautifully scored. Auralis has used the full orchestral colour palette and like a painter, uses his considerable arranging brush for mixing brilliant instrumental sounds to create evocative audio pictures representing Scotland's destiny in music. Auralis lets you hear the beauty of these old Scottish songs in a new way. The Auralis Orchestra plays classic Scot's music that dates back to the eighteenth century. Auralis's orchestrations tug at our heartstrings as we listen to Destiny and Annie Laurie then the menacing: The Campbells Are Coming and the other great songs in this album. Any exiled Scots living abroad will feel homesick when they listen to this album.
Auralis was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, UK and won a scholarship to study composition at Salford University. Although a trombonist, Auralis was for many years a freelance piano arranger for some of the largest sheet music publishers in the world. He is a published composer and also a brilliant orchestral arranger. He has worked in show business and the theatre in England for many years. Auralis now writes music for Abade Music Publishers UK. Notes by Tom Clarke