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2019-2020 season announced

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Orchestra of the Swan is proud to announce its 2019-2020 season of concerts across its three venues. With over 40 concerts, the season reflects our commitment to classical music and to celebrating our position as one of the UK’s leading chamber orchestras.
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OOTS 2019/2020 Season Concerts

Sept 13th–21st 2019 STRATFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday 14 September, 2pm
The Living Orchestra
Come and experience an amazing time travelling feast of music performed by one of this country’s finest orchestras. Entry is free and you can choose whether to stay for 10 minutes or the full 2 hours. A thrilling opportunity to get close to the musicians as they play in an unusually relaxed environment.

Sunday 15 September, 3pm
Saint-Saëns – Carnival of the Animals with narrator Matthew Sharp
OOTS presents Saint-Saëns’s spectacular Carnival of the Animals narrated by the irrepressible Matthew Sharp. An irresistible chorus line of lions, tortoises, kangaroos, donkeys, fish, fossils and even pianists all get their moment in the spotlight.

Wednesday 18 September, 7.30pm
A Hum about mine ears
Shakespeare’s The Tempest is set in new surroundings in A Hum About Mine Ears by Catalan composer and performer Clara Sanabras. Drawing on elements from blues and jazz to European folk the work takes some of The Tempest’s major themes – loss and retrieval, exile and reunion – and relates them to Sanabras’s own experiences as a modern woman and an emigrant. This performance involves a choir made up of children from local primary schools, an adult community choir and members of Orchestra of the Swan conducted by Harvey Brough.

NIGHT OWL SERIES

Thursday 3 October 2019, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse
Mozart in Cuba

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Overture
Boloña/Ribot Aurora en pekin
White La Bella Cubana
Mozart Violin Concerto No.5 in A major (arr. David Le Page)
Mozart Divertimento in D
Cervantes Danzas Cubanas (Adios a Cuba and Amen)
Mozart Piano Concerto No.12 K414 in A Major
David Gordon Estes in Differente el Mozart

Piano David Gordon

What is the connection between Mozart and Cuba? Cuba is politically, geographically, religiously, ethnically and culturally extraordinary so it is no surprise that its music reflects all of this. A heady brew of influences from West Africa and Europe – most notably Spain – has created a musical cauldron of unusual and compelling flavours, fusing elements of Jazz, Mambo, Conga, Classical, Flamenco, Abakuá, Hip-Hop and Salsa. This concert is a journey into that astoundingly diverse melting pot of sounds with frequent unexpected diversions into the repertoire of Mozart.
In case you were wondering, there is no connection between Mozart and Cuba.

Thursday 7 November 2019, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse
On An Overgrown Path

On an Overgrown Path celebrates the diverse musical heritage of eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Hungary. This tantalising evening combines traditional music passed down through the centuries with classical repertoire that has been influenced by a myriad of folk-infused flavours; from the pre-medieval sounds of Greece, Turkey, India and Egypt to the ‘art music’ of Brahms, Bartok, Kodaly and Enescu.

Thursday 5 December 2019, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse
Bold as Brass

Join the brass players of OOTS for an entertaining evening of music specially devised by principal trumpet Hugh Davies. Repertoire will include original compositions by Hugh, arrangements of famous tunes such as Over the Rainbow and rarely heard works by composers as diverse as Bert Kaempfert and Gioachino Rossini. Prepare to be blown away.

Thursday 6 February 2020, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse
Histoire du Tango

Bandoneon Eduardo Garcia

OOTS presents an intoxicating slice of Nuevo Tango with music by Astor Piazzolla and Eduardo Garcia. Born in Argentina and now living in Paris, Garcia’s own tango-influenced music is inspired by the life-changing journey across the Atlantic made by Europeans seeking a new life in the Americas. Cinematic, deeply nostalgic and brimming with virtuosity this concert showcases the distinctive musical flavours of South America.

Thursday 5 March 2020, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Original soundtrack by David Le Page

OOTS provides a brand new live soundtrack for the 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, considered by many to be the quintessential work of German expressionist cinema. It tells the story of a deranged hypnotist who uses an unwitting somnambulist to carry out his dark and deadly deeds. We will also be showing the 1902 French film A Trip to the Moon. Complete with big screen and licensed bar, this is a wonderful night out.

Thursday 14 May 2020, 8pm – Variety Bar at Stratford PlayHouse 
Carnival of Venice

Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in D minor
Trad (Italian 14th Century) La Rotta
Monteverdi Quia Respexit
Trad (Italian 14th Century) Salterello
Vivaldi The Four Seasons, Summer
Monteverdi Et Misericordia
Trad (Italian 14th Century) Trotto
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor

Violin David Le Page
Violin Catherine Leech

Venice and its ancient Carnival provide the backdrop for this concert celebrating the musical heritage of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Popularly known as the ‘Republic of Music’ its composers and musicians were influenced by a myriad of styles that originated in Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. From the giants of early baroque, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, to the street music of the Mardi Gras, this concert explores both the dingy back streets and the magnificent public squares of La Serenissima.

STRATFORD PLAYHOUSE

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 7.30pm
[+FOOTS event: Viv McLean and David Le Page talking from the piano with buffet lunch and a glass of fizz]
Tales of the City

Rossini The Barber of Seville, Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Copland Quiet City
Mozart Symphony No.38 ‘Prague’

Conductor Rebecca Miller
Piano Viv McLean 
Trumpet Hugh Davies
Cor Anglais Louise Braithwaite

Cities are the inspiration for this concert conducted by Rebecca Miller and featuring pianist Viv McLean as soloist. Rhapsody in Blue is possibly Gershwin’s most popular work and has become synonymous with the stylishly bustling New York City of the 1930s. Copland’s Quiet City is an introverted soundscape; a deserted metropolis depicted by plaintive jazz-influenced trumpet and a pale wash of strings. There is no doubt that Mozart had a particular affinity with the city of Prague; anecdotal evidence suggests he felt its inhabitants truly understood his music. Many of his major works received premieres there including Symphony No.38.

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 7.30pm
Music for Sunflowers

Haydn Symphony No.88
Joe Cutler Music for Sunflowers
Beethoven Symphony No.6 ‘Pastoral’

Conductor Daniele Rosina
Viola Rose Redgrave

OOTS indulges in an early celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with a performance of his Symphony No.6, a paean to the great outdoors. Joe Cutler’s Music for Sunflowers also hints at the pastoral world with his exquisite work for solo viola and strings. Cutler, who is head of composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, was commissioned to write this piece by Orchestra of the Swan in 2009. Rose Redgrave makes her first appearance as soloist with the orchestra.

Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7.30pm
[+FOOTS event: Post-concert coffee and Mince Pies with Suzzie Vango]
Upon a Midnight Clear

Join us for an exquisite celebration of the festive season. Upon a Midnight Clear is a breathtaking musical journey through the heart of winter. A mesmerising tapestry of ancient carols, popular songs and winter-themed classical favourites featuring Vocal Quintet Papagena.

Tuesday 21 January 2020, 7.30pm
Intimate Voices

Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkäinen Suite)
Sibelius The Tempest, Suite No.2
Sibelius Four Humoresques for violin and orchestra, Op.89
Sibelius Kuolema: Scene with Cranes
Sibelius Symphony No.7

Conductor Tom Hammond
Violin Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Intimate Voices explores the musical and personal landscape of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius through his own words and compositions. From the stark simplicity of Scene with Cranes to the bold, distilled complexity of the seventh symphony; Sibelius is revealed through the intimate thoughts in his letters and the dark, awe-inspiring qualities of his musical imagination. Tamsin Waley-Cohen makes a welcome return to perform as soloist in the seldom heard Humoresques.

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7.30pm
Immortal Beloved

Schumann Genoveva, Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
Schumann Symphony No.2

Conductor Jason Lai
Piano Lauren Zhang

Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with OOTS in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.
The ‘Emperor’ concerto represents the apex of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ writing. There are plenty of stormy episodes and virtuoso passages for the piano but the balance between them and the tender moments is perfectly judged. Schumann’s admiration of Beethoven went beyond mere words. In 1836 he composed his ‘Grande Sonate’ the proceeds from which were to have been used towards the construction of a monument dedicated to the great composer. He began work on his 2nd symphony in 1845 but was severely hampered by his deteriorating health. It was eventually completed in 1847.

Tuesday 24 March 2020, 7.30pm
[+FOOTS event: Lunch and conversation with Eckehard Stier & Thomas Gould]
Umpteenth Violin Concerto

Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus, Overture
Django Bates Umpteenth Violin Concerto
Beethoven Violin Concerto with cadenzas by Django Bates

Conductor Eckehard Stier
Violin Thomas Gould

Django Bates is as comfortable in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s as he is in any large concert hall. Whether writing for a small jazz ensemble or a vast symphony orchestra his voice remains inimitable and distinctive. A founder member of Loose Tubes he quickly gained a reputation as a startlingly original improviser and composer with the ability to travel effortlessly between the jazz world and the classical. His Umpteenth Violin Concerto was composed in 2004 and will be performed here by Thomas Gould. Thomas also performs the Beethoven concerto with cadenzas written by Django Bates.

Tuesday 5 May 2020, 7.30pm
Rebel Rebel – Beethoven & Bowie

Beethoven Grosse Fugue
Philip Sheppard/David Le Page New work based on songs by David Bowie
Beethoven Symphony No.5

Conductor Philip Sheppard
Presenter tbc

‘Rebel Rebel’ examines the cultural impact and far-reaching legacies of two visionary artists who challenged the weight of received ideas and accepted musical norms during their respective lifetimes. This concert takes Beethoven’s most iconic work, the 5th symphony, and intersperses it with beautifully reimagined versions of songs by David Bowie from his extraordinary catalogue of recorded material. Both men were possessed by an innate compulsion to reinvent themselves and their work. Despite coming from opposing ends of the musical spectrum they nevertheless shared an astonishing motivation to be in control of their own artistic destinies.

ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 2.30pm
Tales of the City

Rossini The Barber of Seville, Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Copland Quiet City
Mozart Symphony No.38 ‘Prague’

Conductor Rebecca Miller
Piano Viv McLean 
Trumpet Hugh Davies
Cor Anglais Louise Braithwaite

Cities are the inspiration for this concert conducted by Rebecca Miller and featuring pianist Viv McLean as soloist. Rhapsody in Blue is possibly Gershwin’s most popular work and has become synonymous with the stylishly bustling New York City of the 1930s. Copland’s Quiet City is an introverted soundscape; a deserted metropolis depicted by plaintive jazz-influenced trumpet and a pale wash of strings. There is no doubt that Mozart had a particular affinity with the city of Prague; anecdotal evidence suggests he felt its inhabitants truly understood his music. Many of his major works received premieres there including Symphony No.38.

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 2.30pm
[+FOOTS event: Post-concert coffee and Mince Pies with Suzzie Vango]
Upon a Midnight Clear

Join us for an exquisite celebration of the festive season. Upon a Midnight Clear is a breathtaking musical journey through the heart of winter. A mesmerising tapestry of ancient carols, popular songs and winter-themed classical favourites featuring Vocal Quintet Papagena.

Wednesday 22 January 2020, 7pm
Intimate Voices

Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela (Lemminkäinen Suite)
Sibelius The Tempest, Suite No.2
Sibelius Four Humoresques for violin and orchestra, Op.89
Sibelius Kuolema: Scene with Cranes
Sibelius Symphony No.7

Conductor Tom Hammond
Violin Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Intimate Voices explores the musical and personal landscape of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius through his own words and compositions. From the stark simplicity of Scene with Cranes to the bold, distilled complexity of the seventh symphony; Sibelius is revealed through the intimate thoughts in his letters and the dark, awe-inspiring qualities of his musical imagination. Tamsin Waley-Cohen makes a welcome return to perform as soloist in the seldom heard Humoresques.

Wednesday 26 February 2020, 2.30pm
[+FOOTS event: Post concert coffee and cake with Lauren Zhang and Jason Lai]
Immortal Beloved

Schumann Genoveva, Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
Schumann Symphony No.2

Conductor Jason Lai
Piano Lauren Zhang

Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with OOTS in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.
The ‘Emperor’ concerto represents the apex of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ writing. There are plenty of stormy episodes and virtuoso passages for the piano but the balance between them and the tender moments is perfectly judged. Schumann’s admiration of Beethoven went beyond mere words. In 1836 he composed his ‘Grande Sonate’ the proceeds from which were to have been used towards the construction of a monument dedicated to the great composer. He began work on his 2nd symphony in 1845 but was severely hampered by his deteriorating health. It was eventually completed in 1847.

Wednesday 6 May 2020, 7pm
Rebel Rebel – Beethoven & Bowie

Beethoven Grosse Fugue
Philip Sheppard/David Le Page New work based on songs by David Bowie
Beethoven Symphony No.5

Conductor Philip Sheppard
Presenter tbc

‘Rebel Rebel’ examines the cultural impact and far reaching legacies of two visionary artists who challenged the weight of received ideas and accepted musical norms during their respective lifetimes. This concert takes Beethoven’s most iconic work, the 5th symphony, and intersperses it with beautifully reimagined versions of songs by David Bowie from his extraordinary catalogue of recorded material. Both men were possessed by an innate compulsion to reinvent themselves and their work. Despite coming from opposing ends of the musical spectrum they nevertheless shared an astonishing motivation to be in control of their own artistic destinies.

Wednesday 10 June 2020, 2.30pm
A celebration of New Talent

Winner of the 2019 Bromsgrove International Competition
Winner of the 2019 Conservatoire Competition Conductor Daniele Rosina

OOTS is delighted to welcome the winner of the Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition 2019 and one of the Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham’s rising stars, winner of the Conservatoire Concerto Prize.

Programme and soloists will be announced soon.

NUMBER 8

Friday 25 October 2019, 7.30pm
O Albion

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3
Thomas Adès O Albion
Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
Thea Musgrave Green
Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C minor

Director/Violin David Le Page
Oboe Victoria Brawn

OOTS presents an English idyll bookended with seminal works by J.S. Bach. Vaughan Williams’s complex and elaborate Oboe Concerto is the antithesis of his expansive, folk-infused portrayal of Dives and Lazarus. In O Albion, Thomas Adès evokes the Cavatina from Beethoven’s Opus 130 string quartet seen through the prism of Elgar’s Nimrod. Green by Thea Musgrave is about the idea of conflict and opposing musical forces. She says: “The title Green for me represents either the freshness of youth, or for the plant life in our world on which we all depend.”

THE COURTYARD

Thursday 10 October 2019, 7.30pm
Tales of the City

Rossini The Barber of Seville, Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Copland Quiet City
Mozart Symphony No.38 ‘Prague’

Conductor Rebecca Miller
Piano Viv McLean 
Trumpet Hugh Davies
Cor Anglais Louise Braithwaite

Cities are the inspiration for this concert conducted by Rebecca Miller and featuring pianist Viv McLean as soloist. Rhapsody in Blue is possibly Gershwin’s most popular work and has become synonymous with the stylishly bustling New York City of the 1930s. Copland’s Quiet City is an introverted soundscape; a deserted metropolis depicted by plaintive jazz-influenced trumpet and a pale wash of strings. There is no doubt that Mozart had a particular affinity with the city of Prague; anecdotal evidence suggests he felt its inhabitants truly understood his music. Many of his major works received premieres there including Symphony No.38.

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 1pm & 3pm
Carnival of the Animals

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Conductor Richard Laing
Narrator Matthew Sharp
Live Illustrator James Mayhew

OOTS presents Saint-Saëns’s spectacular Carnival of the Animals narrated by the irrepressible Matthew Sharp and illustrated live by artist James Mayhew. An irresistible chorus line of lions, tortoises, kangaroos, donkeys, fish, fossils and even pianists all get their moment in the spotlight.

Thursday 13 February 2020, 7.30pm
Mozart in Buenos Aires

Mozart Divertimento in D
Piazzolla Michelangelo 70
Eduardo Garcia Triple Concerto for Bandoneon, Violin & Cello
Piazzolla Oblivion
Piazzolla Libertango
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Violin/Director David Le Page
Bandoneon Eduardo Garcia

Mozart finds himself in the back streets of Buenos Aires exploring the Tango clubs and bars…
Bandoneonist Eduardo Garcia was born in Argentina and now lives in Paris. His own tango-influenced music is inspired by the life-changing journey across the Atlantic made by Europeans seeking a new life in the Americas. Cinematic, deeply nostalgic and brimming with virtuosity, this concert showcases the distinctive flavours of South America and of course Vienna! OOTS is pleased to be presenting the premiere of Eduardo’s new triple concerto for bandoneon, violin and cello.

Thursday 26 March 2020, 7.30pm
Umpteenth Violin Concerto

Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus, Overture
Django Bates Umpteenth Violin Concerto
Beethoven Violin Concerto with cadenzas by Django Bates

Conductor Eckehard Stier
Violin Thomas Gould

Django Bates is as comfortable in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s as he is in any large concert hall. Whether writing for a small jazz ensemble or a vast symphony orchestra his voice remains inimitable and distinctive. A founder member of Loose Tubes he quickly gained a reputation as a startlingly original improviser and composer with the ability to travel effortlessly between the jazz world and the classical. His Umpteenth Violin Concerto was composed in 2004 and will be performed here by Thomas Gould. Thomas also performs the Beethoven concerto with cadenzas written by Django Bates.

OTHER VENUES


The Market Theatre, Ledbury
Friday 4 October 2019, 7.30pm
Mozart in Cuba

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Overture
Boloña/Ribot
Aurora en pekin
White
La Bella Cubana
Mozart
Violin Concerto No.5 in A major (arr. David Le Page)
Mozart
Divertimento in D
Cervantes
Danzas Cubanas (Adios a Cuba and Amen)
Mozart
Piano Concerto No.12 K414 in A Major
David Gordon
Estes in Differente el Mozart

Piano David Gordon

What is the connection between Mozart and Cuba? Cuba is politically, geographically, religiously, ethnically and culturally extraordinary so it is no surprise that its music reflects all of this. A heady brew of influences from West Africa and Europe – most notably Spain – has created a musical cauldron of unusual and compelling flavours, fusing elements of Jazz, Mambo, Conga, Classical, Flamenco, Abakuá, Hip-Hop and Salsa. This concert is a journey into that astoundingly diverse melting pot of sounds with frequent unexpected diversions into the repertoire of Mozart.
In case you were wondering, there is no connection between Mozart and Cuba.

Warwick Arts Centre
Saturday 7 December 2019, 7.30pm

Snow-ride! Join in with Winter classics for all the family

Rimsky Korsakov Dance of Tumblers from Snow Maiden
Debussy Snow is dancing (arr. André Caplet)
Vivaldi Winter (first movement)
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 ‘Winter Daydreams’ (second movement)
Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride
Prokofiev Troika from Lieutenant Kijé
Grieg Norwegian Dances Op.35  (arr. Hans Sitt)
Tchaikovsky Overture and Trepak from Nutcracker Suite

Conductor Jonathan James

From tumbling clowns to dancing gnomes, come on a helter-skelter ride through some of classical music’s best-loved Winter pieces with the Orchestra of the Swan. Follow the snow as it falls and freezes, the sleighs as they speed across it, and meet the Winterland creatures hidden in the music. Expect fun demonstrations, fascinating insights, games and moving to the music led by presenter Jonathan James.
Jonathan James presents for BBC Radio 3 and with the BBC orchestras, as well as giving talks in venues across Europe. As a conductor, he has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble. An experienced teacher, he directs the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire.
Age 5+

Town Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon
Friday 10 January 2020, 7.15pm
Friends’ Fundraising soiree with OOTS Principals

Cheltenham Town Hall
Friday 28 February 2020, 7.30

Immortal Beloved

Schumann Genoveva, Overture
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5
Schumann Symphony No.2

Conductor Jason Lai
Piano Lauren Zhang

Lauren Zhang, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2018 and a student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, makes her debut with OOTS in Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.
The ‘Emperor’ concerto represents the apex of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ writing. There are plenty of stormy episodes and virtuoso passages for the piano but the balance between them and the tender moments is perfectly judged. Schumann’s admiration of Beethoven went beyond mere words. In 1836 he composed his ‘Grande Sonate’ the proceeds from which were to have been used towards the construction of a monument dedicated to the great composer. He began work on his 2nd symphony in 1845 but was severely hampered by his deteriorating health. It was eventually completed in 1847.

Kings Place
Friday 3 April 2020, 7.30pm
Umpteenth Violin Concerto

Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus, Overture
Django Bates Umpteenth Violin Concerto
Beethoven Violin Concerto with cadenzas by Django Bates

Conductor Eckehard Stier
Violin Thomas Gould

Django Bates is as comfortable in the intimate surroundings of Ronnie Scott’s as he is in any large concert hall. Whether writing for a small jazz ensemble or a vast symphony orchestra his voice remains inimitable and distinctive. A founder member of Loose Tubes he quickly gained a reputation as a startlingly original improviser and composer with the ability to travel effortlessly between the jazz world and the classical. His Umpteenth Violin Concerto was composed in 2004 and will be performed here by Thomas Gould. Thomas also performs the Beethoven concerto with cadenzas written by Django Bates.

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