Family-Friendly Concerts

Few arts organisations offer concerts for families; particularly those on the autistic spectrum, who miss out on the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of a live orchestra.  

The Swan is delighted to offer annual Family Concerts as part of their residencies at the Courtyard, Hereford and at the Play House, Stratford upon Avon.

Our Family Concerts are created to include well known family favourites from the musicals, cartoons, films and more!

We like to encourage a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, providing safe spaces for families and opportunities to enjoy and join in with performances in ways that suit them.

Don’t worry, our musicians will be playing their instruments, not wearing them like Chris our cellist.

Chris Allan Cello for Orchestra of the Swan

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Goodnight Vienna

March 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Goodnight Vienna

Warwick Hall, Warwick


Thursday 16 March 2023

Warwick Hall, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP

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About the Concert

We’re delighted to be joined by Aaron Akugbo who will  be performing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat Major, with Michael Collins conducting.

Vienna is synonymous with a classical music scene of astonishing vitality; an era of unparalleled pre-eminence that saw composers such as Mozart, Haydn and Schubert drawn to the city at the height of their creative powers.

An der schönen, blauen Donau, in its first incarnation as a choral work included the following text: ‘Mermaids whisper amid the dancing waves, a boat with lovers travels along, and unity for Vienna is assured by its presence.’ The shimmering violins and haunting horn calls of Johann Strauss II’s viral waltz represents one of the most magical openings of any musical composition.

The miraculous Adagio which sits at the heart of Schubert’s string quintet achieves an aura of awe-inspiring contemplation – a meditation beyond words. Suspended chords are punctuated by exquisite fragments of dialogue between violin and cello leading to a tempestuous and unsettled middle section.

Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major was written for Anton Weidinger, principal of the Imperial Court Orchestra in Vienna. Weidinger’s innovative keyed trumpet remained popular until the middle of the 19th century by which time the valve trumpet was in more common use.

Arnold Schoenberg’s Notturno for solo Violin, Harp and Strings was composed three years before his string sextet Verklärte Nacht and is more akin to the late romantic style of that piece than his later twelve-tone compositions.

Mozart’s ability to speak with a universal voice about the human condition is never more apparent than in his final symphony. It is possessed of an extraordinarily uplifting quality, a joyous idealism that seems to encapsulate the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Why not pre-order your programme ahead of the concert. Tickets will be available mid-July,

Date and Time

Thursday 16 March 2023 7.30pm
7.30pm – 9.30pm

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Warwick Hall, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP
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Strauss arr. Le PageBlue Danube Op.314
J Schubert arr. Le PageAdagio from String Quintet in C Major
HaydnTrumpet Concerto in E flat Major, Hob.Vlle:1
SchoenbergNotturno for Strings and Harp
MozartSymphony No.41 ’Jupiter’ in C Major, K551
TrumpetAaron Akugbo
ConductorMichael Collins
Aaron Akugbo
Aaron Akugbo (Trumpet)
Michael Collins
Michael Collins
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March 16
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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