Orchestra of the Swan was founded in 1995 and is based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. We give over 45 concerts a year and have performed in China, Mexico, Turkey and the United States. The OOTS catalogue of over 20 recordings features works by Bax, Mahler, Elgar, Finzi, Ireland, Strauss and Copland. Our recording of the complete symphonies by Hans Gál has received outstanding critical acclaim.
We are passionate about promoting new music and have premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errolyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others.
OOTS has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of our immersive residencies in Stratford, Hereford and Birmingham. Our ambitious program of work in care homes, schools and rural areas is growing year by year. As resident orchestra at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, we continue to promote and encourage young talent.
We are thriving despite the fact that many orchestras are facing difficult times. This is, in part, due to the excellence of our players and their ability to communicate with audiences. It is also because of the dedicated and imaginative team working behind the scenes, the support of our trustees and of course the loyal Friends of the Orchestra. OOTS is proof that an orchestra really can be an indispensable and relevant part of the community.