10th Dec, 2016

Orchestra of the Swan - new concert series

Stratford Editorial 16th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ORCHESTRA of the Swan has announced its new Town Hall Birmingham and Stratford Artshouse concert series running until next summer

The Stratford-based orchestra’s series consists of 16 performances, featuring international soloists Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Emma Johnson, Peter Donohoe and David Le Page.

Nominated by Birmingham Town Hall/Symphony Hall for the prestigious European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars programme in the 2016/17 season, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen appears five times with the orchestra between November and next April with her interpretation of Bach and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos and Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’.

The performances take place at Stratford ArtsHouse (November 10, April, 13 and 21) and Birmingham Town Hall (November 11 and April 14).

Emma Johnson’s Mozart Clarinet Concerto in both venues (February 16 and 17) sits alongside Haydn’s Concerto for two flutes, while international concert pianist Peter Donohoe follows last season’s performance of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 2 with a concerto double bill of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No 1 and Mozart Piano Concerto K414. The performances take place in Stratford ArtsHouse (March 8) and Birmingham Town Hall (March 9).

In addition, Orchestra of the Swan mark Shakespeare’s 400th Birthday year with multiple references to the Bard in every Stratford ArtsHouse performance, beginning with a Battle of Agincourt 600th anniversary performance on Tuesday (October 20), to include the music composed by William Walton for Laurence Olivier’s 1943 film of Henry V..

A serenade with a Scandinavian flavour and a Shakespearian twist follows on the December 1 with David Le Page, Orchestra of the Swan’s leader performing Sibelius’ Suite for Violin and String Orchestra.

A ‘Last Night of the Shakespeare Proms’ on July 30 next year includes Elgar Cello Concerto performed by BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden.

Visit www.orchestraoftheswan.org for tickets and further details.