The Orchestra

Orchestra of the Swan has its home at the Stratford Playhouse in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and is Resident Orchestra at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and The Courtyard, Hereford with a regular concert series at Number 8 Pershore.

After 22 years of development, OOTS is pioneering a new model of ‘immersive’ residency which puts a partnership with the venue at its heart, working together with selected local partners to carefully curate programmes and community activity that radiate outwards from a central hub, resonating with each venue’s distinct and diverse audience: thus, no residency is the same.

OOTS gives over 45 concerts annually, has toured to China, Istanbul, Mexico and New York, and toured the UK with ‘Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’ and ‘James’, with sell-out performances at London’s Albert Hall.

Associate Artists for our 2018-19 season are New York based ‘trans-classical’ composers Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva.

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 22-strong discography includes the world premiere recording of the complete symphonies by Hans Gál which received outstanding critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week’. Most recently Shostakovich Piano Concertos 1 & 2 with Peter Donohoe was Classic Fm CD of the week.

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Our Players

Meet our Orchestra...

Amelia Conway-Jones
Violin
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David Le Page
Concert Master
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Catherine Leech
Violin
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Elizabeth Hodson
Violin
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Rebekah Allan
Violin
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Caroline Mitchell
Violin
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Dominika Feher
Violin
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Amy Littlewood
Violin
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Richard Laing
Violin
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Catalin Chelaru
Violin
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Naomi Rump
Violin
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Vanessa Murby
Viola
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Mark Chivers
Viola
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Ruth Woolley
Viola
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Nick Stringfellow
Cello
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Chris Allan
Cello
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Anna Joubert
Cello
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Stacey Watton
Bass
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Diane Clark
Flute
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Nick Bhattacharjee
Flute
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Victoria Brawn
Oboe
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Louise Braithwaite
Oboe
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Sally Harrop
Clarinet
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Luan Shaw
Clarinet
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Philip Brookes
Phil Brookes
Bassoon
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Oliver Galletta
Bassoon
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Francesca Moore-Bridger
Horn
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Craig Macdonald
Horn
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Hugh Davies
Trumpet
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Peter Wright
Trumpet
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Martha Ann Brookes
Trombone
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David Ponsford
Keyboards
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Tim Farmer
Percussion
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New Work

Nothing defines the Orchestra of the Swan better than its commitment to new repertoire….(with) programmes (that) have a knack of making connections which are genuinely stimulating”. The Guardian

OOTS is a major champion of new music and has premiered over 80 new works by established composers and emerging talent including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, John Joubert, Hannah Lash, Roxanna Panufnik, Paul Patterson, Joseph Phibbs, Julian Philips, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, John Woolrich and many others.

To mark our 21st Anniversary Season (2016/2017), 4 concertante works for OOTS virtuoso principals were premiered by Douglas Cuomo, Joanna Lee, Julian Philips and Paul Moravec.

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.

Our Commissions

Associate Artists

OOTS Associate Artists have included Peter Donohoe, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, Benjamin Grosvenor, Laura van der Heijden, Raphael Wallfisch and Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Huw Watkins was Resident Composer from 2012-14 and OOTS received very generous support from the Sorel Organization, New York, to appoint Dobrinka Tabakova as Resident Composer 2014-16.
From 2017-19 season, we welcome American composers/performers Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva, generously supported by the Sorel Organization.

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Staff

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Debbie Jagla
Debbie Jagla
Managing Director
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Irina Gorbunowa
Finance Manager
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Alexa Butterworth
Orchestra Manager
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Paolo Pezzangora
Marketing Manager
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Sue Pope
Learning and Participation Manager
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Lisa Marie Houghton-Reade
Development Coordinator
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The Board

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John Liggins
Chairman
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Nick Hodges
Trustee
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Taff Kara
Trustee
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Nick Keegan
Trustee
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Ndiarka Mbodji
Trustee
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Chris Wheeler
Friends’ Representative/Trustee
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​Shine ​​Duggal
Trustee
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​Edwin Buckhalter
Trustee
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Kathy Murphy
Trustee
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Advisory Council

Sir Michael Perry GBE (Chairman)
Iain Burnside
Andrew Butt
Andrew Jowett OBE
Prof Julian Lloyd Webber
Jan Younghusband
Catherine Mallyon
Jessica Duchen

Friends Committee

Chairman: Chris Wheeler
Treasurer: Martin Stanley
Secretary: Chris Boylan
Membership Secretary: Niall McChesney
Alan Boddington, John Cohen,
Tricia Earle, Bill Bruce,
Peter Buckroyd, David Farnsworth