Stars of the Show

Stars of the Show

As well as some fabulous music, Firebird’s next concert on 25 March will include some of the brightest stars of the classical music circuit…

Firebird’s Little Surprise at Kings Place on Sunday 25 March is being staged in collaboration with the London Chamber Music Society and will feature three fantastic stars of the music scene in four of the most exciting works from the classical repertoire:

Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G, Hob.I:94 Surprise
Strauss Oboe Concerto, TrV 292
Mozart Opera arias (selection)
Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D, D.200

George Jackson

George Jackson

Winner of the 2015 Aspen Conducting Prize, London-born conductor George Jackson came to international attention after stepping in at short notice with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. 2018 highlights include engagements with Opera Holland Park and Orchestre de Paris, and a new position as Music Director of Kammeroper Frankfurt.

George has conducted orchestras including the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Haydn Orchestra di Bolzano e Trento, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Orchestra Vienna and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra.

George participated in international master classes, where his teachers included Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur and David Robertson. In 2010, George founded the Vienna-based Speculum Musicae Opera Company, conducting new productions of Pergolesi and Charpentier.

Chinese-born soprano He Wu started her career as a child star. Arriving in London she was supported by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Royal College of Music International Opera School.

Following success in international music competitions He Wu’s career has included solo roles with the Wiener Symphoniker, BBC Symphony Orchestra and at St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. During President Xi’s 2015 UK visit, He Wu sang for the First Lady of China Madam Peng at the Royal College of Music.

John Anderson Performing

By the age of 20 John Anderson had already joined the Suisse Romande Orchestra and was subsequently to hold principal oboe posts with the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He is currently principal oboe with the English Chamber Orchestra.

A much recorded artist, John Anderson’s playing has also featured on scores for television and film for over 35 years. Recent projects have included Alien Covenant and Victoria and Abdul. He is currently professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.