Founded in 1995 and now led by David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), the Stratford-upon-Avon-based orchestra internationally renowned for its unique and distinctive sound, has recently announced its new 2019-2020 season residencies at the Stratford PlayHouse, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and The Courtyard (Hereford) following a highly successful 2018-2019 programme of concerts.
Orchestra of the Swan’s new season illustrates how it continues to challenge expectations about what an orchestra can be.
The season kicks off with an exciting new community weekend initiative in partnership with the Stratford on Avon Music Festival, Escape Arts and the Stratford Literary Festival which includes The Living Orchestra – a free 2hr play-a-thon of accessible classical repertoire for those who feel that classical music is not for them!
Drop in at your leisure on Saturday 14th September between 2.30 & 4.30pm, recline on a deck chair or throw yourself into a bean bag to enjoy up to 2 hours of inspiring music. Alternatively, on Sunday 15th September at 3pm, enjoy a family concert of ‘Carnival of the Animals’ for just £5, featuring artwork created by the community at the Stratford River Festival on the 6th & 7th July.
The main concert season sees OOTS discover Mozart in Cuba and Buenos Aires, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue rubbing shoulders with Rossini’s Barber of Seville, the return of the successful Night Owl cabaret concerts, the Intimate Voices of Jean Sibelius, a brand new live soundtrack for A Trip to the Moon and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and David Bowie exchanging glances with Beethoven in Rebel Rebel, our celebration of the cultural significance and continuing legacy of these two influential artists.
In 2020 OOTS celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with performances of the Pastoral Symphony, the Emperor Piano Concerto and the 5th Symphony. Thomas Gould is the stunning soloist in the Violin Concerto which shares the stage with jazz performer and composer Django Bates’s Umpteenth Violin Concerto.
Take advantage of discounted offers when booking your tickets and save 20% when you book more than 3 concerts in a series or save 30% when you book more than 6 concerts in a series.