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13th February 2020

Orchestra of the Swan prepares for spring tour of Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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  • Mozart in Buenos Aires brings the flavours of South America to Hereford and Pershore this February
  • String and wind principals perform In Memoriam in Yarpole
  • Petite Symphonie of three elegant works comes to Garway and Pershore during March

Orchestra of the Swan – resident orchestra of The Courtyard theatre in Hereford – is preparing for a spring tour across the two counties, starring OOTS’ Principal performers David Le Page and Catherine Leech (violin), Nick Stringfellow (cello), Diane Clarke (flute), Victoria Brawn (oboe/cor anglais), Philip Brookes (bassoon) and Francesca Moore-Bridger (horn).

Mozart in Buenos Aires takes the sounds of South America and sets them against works by Mozart and Piazzolla, as if Mozart had found himself in the back streets of Buenos Aires exploring the Tango clubs and bars. Coming to The Courtyard, Hereford, on 13 February, and Number 8 in Pershore on 14 February, this evening concert includes the bandoneon, a type of concertina that is particularly popular in the world of Tango. Bandoneonist Eduard Garcia, an Argentinean now living in Paris, premieres his new triple concerto in this cinematic, deeply nostalgic and virtuosic concert, which also includes Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Piazzolla’s Libertango.

String and wind principal performers from OOTS visit St Leonard’s Church in Yarpole on 21 February for In Memoriam, a concert with English and French music from the first half of the 20th century. The evening includes Maurice Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, a work that bears a dedication to friends of the composer who died fighting in the First World War, and Arnold Bax’s In Memoriam, inspired by the tragedy of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The tour completes with Petite Symphonie at Garway Community Hall on 13 March and Number 8, Pershore, on 20 March. Three elegant and delicate works performed in one evening, OOTS Principals perform Schubert’s Octet, Mozart’s Serenade in E-flat major and Gounod’s Petite Symphonie.

Orchestra of the Swan is the resident orchestra at The Courtyard, Hereford. As well as its rich programme of public performances, OOTS works hard to be part of the life of Herefordshire and the wider community, with rural touring and work in care homes and schools.

David Le Page, Artistic Director of Orchestra of the Swan, comments: “Orchestra of the Swan thinks of itself as a ‘living orchestra’ – an orchestra at the heart of the community that it works in. Our residency at The Courtyard is an exciting opportunity to not only perform in their wonderful theatre, but get out into the community to meet music fans and share special experiences in village halls and churches.”

Information and tickets from www.orchestraoftheswan.org


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