Artistic Director

David Curtis is Artistic Director of Orchestra of the Swan, OOTS, one of the most imaginative and successful chamber orchestras in the UK.

David’s thought-provoking programming, infectious enthusiasm and refreshing interpretations see him working in Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden and the USA with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra.

He appears as conductor in Finland with the Mikkeli City Orchestra, the Roveniemi Chamber and Yvaskyla Symphony Orchestras in the concert hall and on Finnish Radio and has conducted the North Hungarian Symphony and Festival Chorus in the prestigious annual Olomouc Dvorak’s Festival and the Policka Martinu Festival.

David champions new work and has premiered least 70 works by British, Bulgarian, Chinese, Nordic and American composers including Oscar i Bosch, Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joseph Duddell, Peter Lieuwen, Paul Patterson, Joe Phibbs, Julian Philips, Dobrinka Tabakova, Param Vir, Andrew Waggoner, Errollyn Wallen, Shu Wang and John Woolrich.

He conducted premieres by Snorri Sigfús Birgisson, Lars-Petter Hagen, Thuridur Jónsdottir and Marie Samuelsson in the Nordic Music Days Festival for Icelandic Radio and gave the world premiere of a new work by Sampo Haapamäki with the Mikkeli City Orchestra.

Numerous recordings include the world premiere recording clarinet concertos by with Hamburg Symphonica and Dimitri Ashkenasi and in 2009 the world premiere of the Piano concertino by Arnold Bax which attracted national media interest. Recordings for include repertoire by Samuel Barber, Berlioz, Copland, Debussy, Finzi, John Ireland, Mahler and Mozart. His recordings of the Finzi and Copland clarinet concertos and Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending were selected as Classic Fm CD of the week

David recorded new work by Daron Hagen and James Schlefer for the USA MSR Classics and work by Robert Saxton for trumpet and chamber orchestra for Signum Classics

David Curtis

David Curtis; Artistic Director, Orchestra of the Swan


“this spirited performance under David Curtis” Financial Times

“fine work under the able leadership of David Curtis” Fanfare Magazine, USA

“the excellent David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan” The Birmingham Post 5*****

Curtis is not self-indulgent and though performances were taut, he let the music flower and breathe where necessary, his performances kept reminding me of Sir Adrian Boult,  very fine and thought provoking performances; a pleasure to hear in.”Robert Hugill, Cadogan Hall 

“a reassuringly calm yet always encouraging and cajoling presence” The Gramophone

“warmly sympathetic support from David Curtis and Orchestra of the Swan” Classic Fm Magazine 5 *****

“Curtis’s conducting, is close to Boult’s, if more intimate, and slightly more perceptive” The American Record Guide


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