London Firebird Orchestra is an orchestra of young musicians comprising talented orchestral players who are making the journey from study into the profession. Through Firebird’s annual season of concerts, players perform core repertoire at central London concert venues, while collaborating with renowned soloists, composers and conductors of the younger generation. By providing this experience, Firebird offers a helpful platform at the crucial early stages of professional life.
Firebird’s Patron Dame Judi Dench
The orchestra has collaborated with many 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 who conduct the concerts. 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.
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.
London Firebird Orchestra operates as a registered charity, governed by a Board of Trustees. The orchestra is supported by Dame Judi Dench as Patron, the Firebird Friends & Benefactors Society and a series of generous sponsors.
To be a passionate, vibrant and youthful orchestra, providing performing opportunities to gifted young musicians as they journey from study to the profession, through an exciting and intimate series of concerts in central London.
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