“Nothing defines the Orchestra of the Swan better than its commitment to new repertoire. While it is Artistic Director David Curtis’s policy to commission works that complement classical pieces, it is his own enthusiasm in presenting them that sustains the exercise. Moreover, his imaginative programmes have a knack of making connections which are genuinely stimulating”. The Guardian
OOTS is a major champion of new music and has premiered over 70 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