The Orchestra

Orchestra of the Swan has its home in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon and celebrated its 21st Anniversary last season (2016/2017).  OOTS is also Associate Orchestra at Town Hall Birmingham with regular concert series at Number 8 Pershore, Worcester Cathedral and Malvern Theatres.

The orchestra gives over 45 concerts annually and is increasing its overseas touring.  In 2014 the orchestra undertook its first highly successful tour to China. In 2016 OOTS performed in the Istanbul International Festival; during 2016/17 we toured to Mexico and performed our concert debut in New York (Carnegie Hall). OOTS has also toured the UK with groups such as Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel and James, with sell-out performances at London’s Albert Hall.

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 extensive discography includes repertoire by Barber, Bax, Berlioz, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Elgar, Finzi, Ireland, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schumann, Strauss, Vaughan Williams and the world premiere recording of the complete symphonies by Hans Gál.  The latter received outstanding critical acclaim and was featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Composer of the Week’. Most recently Mendelssohn’s D minor Violin Concerto with Tamsin Waley-Cohen was BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Recommended Recording’.

Our Players

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Amelia Conway-Jones
Violin
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David-Le-Page
David Le Page
Concert Master
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Catherine Leech
Violin
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Liz-Hodson
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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Naomi Rump
Violin
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Adrian Turner
Viola
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Vanessa Murby
Viola
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Mark Chivers
Viola
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Ruth Wolley
Viola
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Nick Stringfellow
Cello
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Chris Allan
Cello
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Matthew Forbes
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 Braithwate
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. 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

Associate Artists & Resident Composers

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, appointing Dobrinka Tabakova as Resident Composer 2014-16 and American composers/performers Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva from 2016-19.

Dobrinka’s new work – Immortal Shakespeare – an oratorio composed for the Shakespeare 400th celebrations at the RSC – was broadcast on BBC Radio 3;  OOTS performance at the RSC was broadcast live to 2.3 million on BBC 2 and networked to TV stations and cinemas around the world.

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Staff

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Running
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Debbie Jagla
Debbie Jagla
Managing Director
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Irina Gorbunowa
Finance Manager
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Elaine Cheng
Temporary 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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David Curtis
David Curtis
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
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Nick Hodges
Trustee
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Taff Kara
Trustee
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Nick-Keegan
Nick Keegan
Trustee
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Ndiarka Mbodji
Trustee
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Chris Wheeler
Friends’ Representative/Trustee
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Kathy Toon
Trustee
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Advisory Council

Sir Michael Perry GBE (Chairman)
Edwin Buckhalter
Iain Burnside
Andrew Butt
Andrew Jowett OBE
Prof Julian Lloyd Webber
Jan Younghusband

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