Charity orchestra shortlisted for Pride of Stratford award

PUBLISHED: 13:19 14 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:19 14 January 2015

Orchestra of the Swan / Photo: Daniel Buxton Photography

Orchestra of the Swan / Photo: Daniel Buxton Photography

Copyright of Daniel Buxton Photography

Orchestra of the Swan, Resident Orchestra at Stratford ArtsHouse, has been unveiled as a finalist in this year’s Pride of Stratford Awards.

The registered charity has been shortlisted for the prestigious Pride Award – a special award that recognises outstanding contribution to life in Stratford, organised by radio station 102 Touch FM.

In addition to staging innovative and varied productions, Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) also works with schools in Stratford-upon-Avon, providing musical workshops to help children reach their creative potential, as well as running a comprehensive Learning & Participation programme for all ages in the town. OOTS has a close relationship with Welcombe Hills SEN School and its pupils, many of whom have complex learning, emotional, behavioural and communication difficulties, as well as physical and sensory disabilities.

OOTS regularly visits care homes and sheltered housing schemes to lead musical workshops for elderly residents, who frequently attend open rehearsals at the ArtsHouse.

Local resident Cat Williams, a member of Friends of Orchestra of the Swan, was determined that the charity receive recognition for its contribution to the town and wider work with local schools and community groups.

Cat said: “Orchestra of the Swan really deserves to be honoured not just for the top-notch musical contribution it makes to the community but for its wider work too, in particular its commitment to making quality live performances easily accessible to everyone, regardless of their age, location or ability.”

David Curtis, Artistic Director at OOTS, added: “It is terrific to be shortlisted for this award. We bring world-class soloists and performances to our Stratford ArtsHouse concerts but to be recognised for our wider work in the community is a great honour.”

The 102 Touch FM Pride of Stratford Awards will take place on Friday February 13.

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