My colleagues at Orchestra of the Swan kicked off their 3rd season as resident artists at Town Hall Birmingham with a bang this week.
Coming up next for OOTS is the Finzi Clarinet Concerto with Sarah Williamson, conducted by David Curtis on the 16th and 17th of November in Stratford and Birmingham respectively, then Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen conducted my me in Shipston on the the 19th of November. Our soloists are contralto Emma Curtis, tenor Brennen Guillory and baritone David Stout.
“Review: Orchestra of the Swan, at Birmingham Town Hall
By Christopher Morely
The Orchestra of the Swan has fine-tuned its act to such a pitch of perfection that it would be very difficult to find any ways in which it could improve the presentation of its concerts.
Its opening concert of its third season as artists-in-residence at Birmingham Town Hall displayed so many qualities: an informal, audience-embracing pre-concert discussion from the stage; a cleverly-constructed programme combining the little-known (including contemporary with a human face) with the well-loved; a remarkable standard of performance and conducting (David Curtis); and the appearance of two wonderful soloists, cellist husband-and-wife Mr and Mrs Julian Lloyd Webber.
And the result of all this was a packed auditorium last Wednesday afternoon, embracing all age-groups, including those who whether because of age or disability are reluctant to brave the city centre in the evening.”
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