Young conductor Michael Thrift made his spectacular debut London Firebird Orchestra performance with Fantasia, a concert of orchestral music in the glorious setting of St James, Sussex Gardens on 24 February.
Audiences were thrilled by the richness of the strings in classics by Elgar and Vaughan Williams in the first half, and by the passion and power of the full orchestra in Beethoven’s 7th symphony after the interval.
The Orchestra’s Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Marc Corbett-Weaver was delighted with the success of the concert and said: “This was a great leap forward for Firebird and places us firmly on the London stage.”
As a platform for emerging instrumentalists the London Firebird Orchestra is the perfect opportunity for newly trained instrumentalists to carve out a role as orchestral players as they launch their careers as performers.
Violinist and orchestral leader Jacqueline Martens said: “I had a wonderful time leading firebird last night and am always so grateful for the opportunity to lead this orchestra.”