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Orchestra of the Swan

The Warwick Independent Schools Foundation and the Orchestra of the Swan have embarked upon a ground-breaking partnership. Aimed at creating a centre of musical excellence in Warwickshire, the Foundation is the focus for significant new collaborations for all in the local area.

As part of this exciting programme, the Swan professional players take instrumental workshops into local primary and secondary schools in partnership with Warwickshire Music Hub, provide access for talented children to the Foundation’s outstanding musical facilities, ensure that young people throughout society have the opportunity to discover and experience the joy of music. This activity complements the Warwickshire Youth Wind Band and Warwickshire Youth String Orchestra, who already enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities on our campus for their weekly rehearsals. The Foundation’s pupils also benefit from a series of masterclasses and workshops with Swan musicians.

We are delighted to have entered a new and unique partnership with The Orchestra of the Swan. The joy and social interaction music-making brings have never been more important - we are proud to be able to offer new musical opportunities for pupils in local schools, residents of the local area, and our own Foundation pupils. Warwick and the West Midlands are unique places to draw on extraordinary artistic and cultural talent. Working with the Orchestra of the Swan and Warwickshire Music Hub, this is a wonderful way to enable more people to access outstanding music-making.

Richard Nicholson
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation Principal

As part of this partnership, Orchestra of the Swan perform three concerts a year in Warwick Hall, our purpose-built concert hall with enhanced acoustics at the heart of the Foundation’s Warwick Campus on the Myton Road:

  • Neoclassic – Thursday 12 October 2023 at 19:30  

  • Pictures at an Exhibition – Thursday 8 February 2024 at 19:30 

  • Songs of Innocence and Experience – Thursday 27 June 2024 at 19:30

About the Swan

Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming.

The Swan presents over 45 concerts a year – both live and digital - and has a catalogue of 27 recordings. The orchestra is passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others.

The Swan has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of its ‘immersive residencies’ in Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham with an ambitious programme of work in care homes, schools and rural areas growing year by year.

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