Orchestra of the Swan planning Shakespeare anniversary tribute - The Stratford Observer

Orchestra of the Swan planning Shakespeare anniversary tribute

Stratford Editorial 7th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

ORCHESTRA of the Swan are planning to present a major work to mark the 400th annivserary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

The Stratford-based orchestra has just appointed Grammy nominated Dobrinka Tabakova as its new Resident Composer.

And among her projects during her tenure, the award-winning British/Bulgarian composer will work closely with violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen to prepare a major new work to commemorate the Bard’s landmark anniversary.

Dobrinka’s music has received international acclaim and a string of awards.

Her first profile album String Paths was released in 2013 on ECM Records and was nominated Best Classical Compendium at the Grammy Awards.

Orchestra of the Swan has a long standing relationship with Dobrinka and has commissioned and performed several works from her over the last decade.

Her appointment – following Huw Watkins tenure as Composer-in-the-House – has been made possible thanks to

a substantial grant from the Sorel Organization New York.

Artistic Director David Curtis said: “This very generous grant will enable us to build on an already highly successful partnership with one of the UK’s most outstanding composers.

“It’s also further international recognition of the quality of our performances and recordings and of course, our commitment to new work and nurturing emerging talent, which remains at the core of our artistic vision.”

Dobrinka, who is based in London, is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

She said: “I plan to use this time to build a cross-Atlantic creative bridge as well as integrate with the orchestra and audience locally.”

Visit www.orchestraoftheswan.org for further details.

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