Magic & Mayhem

European Classics: Magic & Mayhem

London Firebird Orchestra starts 2023 with a sensational concert of European Classics on 7 February…

Masonic music by Mozart, one of Beethoven’s best-known compositions, and by Saint-Saëns, perhaps the greatest of all cello concertos.

Jamal Aliyev

Both Mozart and Beethoven were associated with the Masonic lodges of Vienna, with Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute being noted for its prominent Masonic elements. Beethoven’s 5th Symphony must be one of the best-known compositions in classical music.

By contrast, the Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns comes from a different world: dramatic and beautiful, demanding and bursting the conventions of its time.

We are delighted to welcome back the great Turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev for what is considered by many to be the greatest of all cello concertos.

‘The tender cello solo … is in my ear still’

Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph (BBC Proms)

European Classics: Magic & Mayhem

Tuesday 7 February 2023 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K.620
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Conductor George Jackson (pictured above)
Cello Jamal Aliyev