Founded in 2012 with Dame Judi Dench as Patron, London Firebird Orchestra supports some of the most talented young musicians in the UK, all of whom are recent graduates of the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music of Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Firebird acts as a stepping stone to those starting out on world class careers in classical music.

LFO patron Dame Judi Dench

Most concerts take place at St George’s Hanover Square (‘Handel’s Church) in London’s Mayfair. The orchestra has also performed on numerous occasions at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, the Bath Pump Room, SJE Arts in Oxford and The Actors Church in Covent Garden. Performances have been received fantastic reviews in The Times, The Evening Standard, Classical Music Magazine, Musical Opinion Magazine, Seen & Heard International and BBC Radio London.

“The orchestra was well balanced, with a splendidly rousing and energetic final section, complete with a vivid sense of Beethovenian victory.’
Musical Opinion Magazine

Most concerts take place at St George’s Hanover Square (‘Handel’s Church) in London’s Mayfair. The orchestra has also performed on numerous occasions at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, the Bath Pump Room, SJE Arts in Oxford and The Actors Church in Covent Garden. Performances have been received fantastic reviews in The Times, The Evening Standard, Classical Music Magazine, Musical Opinion Magazine, Seen & Heard International and BBC Radio London.

The orchestra has collaborated with many internationally-renowned soloists including Mathieu van Bellen, Thomas Gould, Aleksei Kiseliov, James Meldrum, Jennifer Pike, Leonard Schreiber and Raphael Wallfisch. Each Season, Firebird showcases a small number of prize-winning conductors of the younger generation. The orchestra also organises an annual composition competition for young composers, with a cash prize and live performance for the composer of the winning work.

“The most exquisite sound imaginable!”
Dame Judi Dench

Outreach is an important part of Firebird’s mission. Since 2013, the orchestra has held a residency at Middlesex University, involving large-scale concerts, conducting and composition workshops, ensemble and dance performances. The 2018/19 season will see the launch of a new outreach project for the orchestra “Firebird for Schools” – a tailor-made children’s concert for London schoolchildren.