Association of British Orchestras

Orchestra of the Swan

Contact details

Stratford ArtsHouse 14 Rother Street Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6LU
Orchestra of the Swan has its home in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and celebrate its 21st Anniversary this year (2016/2017). OOTS is also Associate Orchestra at Town Hall Birmingham with other residencies at Number 8 Pershore, Huntingdon Hall Worcester and Malvern Theatres.

The orchestra gives over 40 concerts annually and is increasing its overseas touring. In 2014 the orchestra undertook its first highly successful tour to China. In 2016 OOTS performed in the Istanbul International Festival and in 2017-18 tours are planned to Mexico and New York (Carnegie Hall). OOTS has also toured the UK with groups such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and James, with sell-out performances at London’s Albert Hall.

Recordings have been Gramophone Choice, CD of the Week on Classic Fm (UK) and Washington Public Radio and live concert recordings are frequently broadcast on USA Performance Today, in Canada and Australia.

The orchestra’s extensive discography includes repertoire by Barber, Bax, Berlioz, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Elgar, Finzi, Ireland, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann, Strauss, Vaughan Williams and the world premiere recording of the complete symphonies by Hans Gál. The latter received outstanding critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week’. Most recently Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto with Tamsin Waley-Cohen was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recommended Recording’.

Associate Artists and Resident Composers
OOTS Associate Artists include Peter Donohoe, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Grosvenor, Raphael Wallfisch and Tamsin Waley-Cohen. OOTS received the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society ‘Composer in the House’ award appointing Huw Watkins as Resident Composer 2012-14 and OOTS has received very generous support from the Sorel Organization, New York, appointing Dobrinka Tabakova as Resident Composer 2014-16 and American composers/performers Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva in 2016-18.

Dobrinka’s new work – Immortal Shakespeare – an oratorio composed for the ‘Shakespeare 400 Lives!’ celebrations – was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Orchestra of the Swan’s performance at the RSC was broadcast live on BBC 2 and networked to TV stations and cinemas around the world.

New Work
OOTS is a major champion of new music and has premiered over 70 new works by established composers and emerging talent including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, John Joubert, Roxanna Panufnik, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Julian Philips, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, John Woolrich and many others.
Recordings of new work include Philip Sawyers Symphonies, works for trumpet and orchestra by John McCabe, Robert Saxton and Deborah Pritchard and joint commissions with Kyo-Shin-An Arts of new work for koto, shakuhachi and chamber orchestra.

Learning & Participation
OOTS award winning L&P programme sees the orchestra working in care homes, SEN and mainstream schools and with many community groups. Our projects have been generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the People’s Millions Lottery, Youth Music and many other trusts, foundations and donations.

Corporate Partners
Our partners include Pertemps, Shoosmiths, DCS Europe, Ziran Land, Enable, Quotidian, Enable, Vale Press, Severn House and Turkish Airlines.

UK and International Press
“you won’t hear much better than this anywhere” Classic Fm Magazine

“an atmosphere of joyous creativity” Birmingham Post

“an excellent, up-for-it orchestra and conductor” BBC Music Magazine

“A joy to hear from start to exuberant to finish, superbly played” Gramophone

“On a par with Muti, Marriner or Solti, Orchestra of the Swan is absolutely top-notch” International Record Review

“Orchestra of the Swan does a fine job” New York Times

“Orchestra of the Swan brings the music ear-catchingly alive” Gramophone

“Buy this CD” Washington Post

Annual Conference

The next conference will be held in Manchester from 29-31 January 2020,

hosted by The Hallé and BBC Philharmonic