ORCHESTRA of the Swan (OOTS) are looking to turn more people onto classical music.
The Stratford-based orchestra will kick off their new season with a new community weekend project – in partnership with the Stratford on Avon Music Festival, Escape Arts and the Stratford Literary Festival – at Stratford Playhouse.
It will include The Living Orchestra – a free two hour play-a-thon of accessible classical repertoire for those who feel classical music is not for them. People can drop in at leisure on Saturday September 14, between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.
And the following day at 3pm there will be a family concert of Carnival of the Animals, featuring artwork created by the community at Stratford River Festival.
The main 2019/20 concert season – with residencies at the Stratford PlayHouse, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and The Courtyard in Hereford – will see 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 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 – a celebration of the cultural significance and continuing legacy of the two music legends.
In 2020 OOTS celebrates Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with performances of the Pastoral Symphony, the Emperor Piano Concerto and the 5th Symphony.
Thomas Gould will be the soloist in the Violin Concerto which shares the stage with jazz performer and composer Django Bates’s Umpteenth Violin Concerto.
OOTS was founded in 1995 and is now led by David Le Page.
Visit www.orchestraoftheswan.org for tickets and full details.