Friday, 22 September 2017

OOTS renews its partnership with the Stratford-on-Avon Music Festival

David Curtis and Orchesta of the Swan
David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan
The Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) has renewed its partnership with Stratford-on-Avon Music Festival and from 26 September to 3 October, and OOTS will be presenting a programme at the festival featuring Roderick Williams, Leon McCawley, Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Julian Bliss, alongside BBC New Generation Artists Pavel Kolesnikov (piano), Annelien Van Wauwe (clarinet), the Van Kuijk String Quartet and the Amatis Piano Trio. BBC Radio 3 will be recording two lunchtime performances, and Classic FM will record the final concert where Julian Bliss joins David Curtis and OOTS for a programme which includes Weber's Clarinet Concerto and music by Rossini and Beethoven.

22 years ago the Stratford-on-Avon District English Music Festival (now the Stratford-on-Avon Music Festival) opened for the first time. It needed a conductor and an orchestra, and David Curtis, viola player with the Coull Quartet, was invited to form an orchestra for the festival and Stratford’s own Orchestra of the Swan was born. This year, the festival's new artistic director David Mills has re-focused the festival and it will be highlighting the wonderful repertoire of music for woodwinds amid an abundance of world class music making, with OOTS and David Curtis as key partner.

Full details of the festival from its website.

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