Performer of the month: Emmanuel Bach

The star of the show in the next concert of European Classics will be Emmanuel Bach. We find out more about this prize-winning British violinist…

So how did it all begin and and who were your most influential teachers?

Music was around from an early age. I loved the sound of the violin heard on recordings, so I wanted to learn! 

After reading Music at Oxford I studied at the Royal College in London. My main teacher, Natasha Boyarsky, is my greatest influence. She was a rigorous teacher, who taught me the value of hard work, belief and communication.

Do you prefer performing as a solo violinist, chamber musician or as the soloist in a concerto and why?

I enjoy playing solo violin, concertos and chamber music equally, as they help me appreciate each for what it is.

Emmanuel Bach

We know that education is an important part of your career. What sort of advice do you find yourself regularly offering to young violinists?

I enjoy teaching and try to encourage a love of music and desire to improve.

I always try to help students ask what the meaning of the music might be, why the composer wrote what they did and how to use their imagination to communicate.

Finally we look forward to your performance of the Brahms concerto on 25 October. What do you bring to it that’s different?

I believe Brahms has a powerful message in his concerto. I aim to speak through my sound to communicate the feelings of struggle, love and exuberance which are at the heart of this work.

European Classics: Pastoral

Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D is on an epic scale, full of unrelenting passion and spectacular virtuosity. We are delighted to bring back violinist Emmanuel Bach following his memorable 2021 interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

European Classics: 
Pastoral

Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach

European Classics: Pastoral

The next concert of European Classics brings us masterworks by Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, prizewinning British violinist Emmanuel Bach and of course the outstanding London Firebird Orchestra…

A lover of nature, Beethoven spent much time walking in the countryside outside Vienna. His 6th symphony – the ‘Pastoral’ – is unusual in that it is programmatic, and depicts ideas including a shepherd’s pipe, birds singing, streams flowing, and a thunderstorm.

However, Beethoven himself said of the work: ‘It is more the expression of feeling than painting’.

Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D is on an epic scale, full of unrelenting passion and spectacular virtuosity. And who better to perform this musical masterpiece than violinist Emmanuel Bach who we welcome back following his memorable 2021 interpretation of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

A thundering D minor cadence opens this fantastic concert with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni. But before long the music turns to a more light-hearted Allegro as conductor Michael Thrift sets the scene for the magnificent evening of great music.

European Classics: Pastoral

Tuesday 25 October 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527
Brahms Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 Pastoral

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach

10 Years and Counting

It’s ten years since the London Firebird Orchestra was formed on 20 March 2012. So join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary Season…

We have a terrific line up of no less than seven concerts to look forward to this season with some of your favourite concertos, symphonies, overtures and much more.

All the orchestral concerts in this season will be conducted by our much-loved conductors, Michael Thrift and George Jackson:

We are also very excited to welcome back wonderful soloists to perform with the Orchestra. These include  George Harliono, Emmanuel Bach, Jamal Aliyev and Yury Revich (pictured below), as well as featuring some of the finest upcoming stars for the first time.

We are also launching the first in a series of concerts entitled Firebird Chamber Platform Concerts. This will give a much needed opportunity for smaller scale ensembles to perform under the Firebird banner.

27 September 2022: Egmont

Egmont

Music by Beethoven and Mozart and featuring the wonderful soloist George Harliono.

25 October 2022: Pastoral

Emmanuel Bach performs the beautiful Violin Concerto by Brahms along with one of Beethoven’s most memorable symphonies evoking the spirit of a pastoral scene.

7 February 2023: Magic & Mayhem

This concert features Masonic music by Mozart, one of the best-known compositions in classical music by Beethoven, and the great Turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev performing what is considered by many to be the greatest of all cello concertos.

21 March 2023: Trio de Beauvoir

Firebird welcomes this dazzling piano trio in the first of our new Firebird Chamber Platform Concerts, featuring trios by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Beethoven.

7 May 2023: Garden of Fire

The lyrical orchestral writing of British composer Ruth Gipps opens a concert featuring Haydn’s so-called ‘Fire Symphony’. In between, two glorious works by Mozart.

16 May 2023: Firebird for Schools

Join London Firebird for this new tailor-made concert for schoolchildren introducing young people to the magical world of the orchestra.

13 June 2023: Virtuoso

Two great masterpieces of the 19th century stand sentinel either side of the latest work from virtuoso violinist Yury Revich in this Midsummer Firebird concert.

Egmont

It’s an extinct volcano in New Zealand… It’s a group of islands in the Indian Ocean… It’s a magnificent palace in Brussels… But on 27 September Beethoven’s monumental Egmont Overture sets the scene for the next concert of European Classics…

Composed during the Napoleonic wars, Beethoven’s heroic 1810 Egmont Overture originally opened Goethe’s play telling the wife and heroism of the 16th century noblemen, Lamoral – Count of Egmont. This powerful and expressive overture was to become the unofficial anthem of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Following in the footsteps of Beethoven is the celebrated young pianist George Harlino with a performance of his 3rd piano concerto. Beethoven premiered this work in 1803 with himself at the piano with a dedication to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia:

The concert concludes with one of Mozart’s most famous works – his 40th Symphony. Composed in 1788, this is unquestionably one of Mozart’s most greatly admired works. It is said that one of the reasons for its success is that this work reflects Mozart’s interest in the artistic movement known as Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress), in which darker and stronger emotions were showcased.

European Classics: Egmont

Tuesday 27 September 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 37
Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano George Harliono

Awakening

Fabulous classical masterpieces will be performed in Firebird’s next concert together with Awakening by violinist and composer Yury Revich…

Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel’s homage is based on a traditional Baroque suite with each movement dedicated to the memory of a friend who died in WWI. ‘Memorial to Couperin’ began as a six part piano suite.

He started writing the first movement of it, the Forlane, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, in 1914, as a celebration of the eighteenth century French composer François Couperin.

Completed in 1917, Ravel orchestrated four of the movements two years later which is the version that will be performed by Firebird.

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Virtuoso violinist, Yury Revich performs one of the world’s most popular concertos of all time. A composer and conductor from the German romantic school, Bruch’s Violin Concerto is the first of three which he wrote and one of the most popular and respected concertos for the instrument – with his next two concertos gaining less recognition. 

Completed in 1866, it was premiered by the star violinist of the day, Joseph Joachim. nçois Couperin. Completed in 1917, Ravel orchestrated four of the movements two years later which is the version that will be performed by Firebird.

Ravel, Bruch, Schubert & Revich

Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D. 82

Composed when Schubert was just 16, this youthful symphony was clearly inspired by the later symphonies of Haydn.

Completed in 1813 when Schubert was  receiving tuition from the composer Antonio Salieri, he was introduced to the symphonies of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

The influence of these masters is evident in Schubert’s First Symphony, though it is an impressive and original contribution to the classical symphonic genre in its own right. 

Yury Revich : Awakening

The UK Première of Awakening (The Blue Version) by violinist/composer Yury Revich. Revich’s musical masterpiece is inspired by the sounds and rhythms of nature and of our planet through a series of cinematic soundscapes.

Opening with Dawn on the River with various colours of winds and strings, it is followed by Song of The Moon showcasing the singing abilities of a violin as an instrument, in the best tradition of canzonetta style. Finally, Together We Stand is inspired by the power of unity.

European Classics: Awakening

Tuesday 14 June, 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich

Ravel   Tombeau de Couperin
Bruch   
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Schubert   
Symphony No. 1 in D major, D.82
Yury Revich   
Awakening (The Blue Version) UK Première

Yury is back!

We are thrilled to be welcoming back one of our favourite stars – Yury Revich – to perform at the first in our European Classics concerts with Awakening on Tuesday 14 June…

Yes, the dazzling virtuoso, Yury Revich, will be back with one of the world’s most popular and beautiful violin concertos: Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26.

‘Full-blooded authority, fleet-fingered dexterity, innate musicality, and substantial accuracy…’

The Strad

This fabulous concert includes some of the best loved works from the repertoire including Ravel’s Homage to Couperin based on a traditional Baroque suite and Schubert’s youthful First Symphony, written when he was just 16. 

In addition, we are very excited to be performing the UK Première of a new work by Yury Revich himself: Awakening (The Blue Version).

Austrian violinist and composer Yury Revichis no ordinary musician. He has been featured by the likes of Vogue, Forbes Magazine, The Times, Die Zeit Magazin, etc.

Winner of the ECHO Klassik Award, the International Classical Music Award, his recording of Saint-Georges double concertos was listed on the US Billboard classical charts in 2021. 

Over the last decade, Yury has been a passionate advocate for various charitable and philanthropic causes. Among his projects is the Austrian Gala Charity All for Autism which he started in 2015. He created and hosted the Dreamland Gala for UNICEF for years.As a soloist he performed at the major concert halls across Europe with some of the finest conductors and orchestras. As a prize-winning recording artist, he recorded 9 CDs for various labels, including SONY and NAXOS.

Since 2021, Yury has been an Honorary Representative of UNICEF Austria. Under the invitation of the Austrian president, Yury performed at, curated, and directed the concert dedicated to the Day of Austria at the 2021/2021 World Expo in Dubai.

European Classics: Awakening

Tuesday 14 June, 7.30pm 
St George’s Hanover Square, London

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich

Ravel   Tombeau de Couperin
Bruch   
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Schubert   
Symphony No. 1 in D major, D.82
Yury Revich   
Awakening (The Blue Version) UK Première

European Classics

Some of the best loved works from the repertoire feature in Firebird’s wonderful summer concert on Tuesday 14 June at St George’s Hanover Square…


Ravel Tombeau de Couperin

Ravel’s homage to Couperin is based on a traditional Baroque suite. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer who died in WWI.


Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

Virtuoso violinist, Yury Revich returns to perform one of the world’s most popular concertos. Bruch composed two more concertos after this but none equalled the popularity of his first.


Schubert Symphony No. 1 in D. 82

Schubert’s youthful first symphony was written when he was just 16, this is an impressive piece of orchestral music for both its time and size, clearly inspired by the later symphonies of Haydn.


Yury Revich Prelude

In addition, we are delighted to also be performing Prelude, a work by Yury Revich himself which he recently performed at the World Expo in Dubai.


George Jackson returns to conduct the Orchestra for this thrilling concert of European Classics.

Don’t forget to visit our Youtube channel where you can watch videos of past concerts. Just added is this video of musc from Grieg and Dvořák from our latest concert in Oxford ‘From the New World’.

Grieg’s fabulous Piano Concerto

Our next Firebird concert From the New World will be in Oxford.  Join us to explore the magical landscape of Norway and the music of Edward Grieg…

The centre piece of this 13 March concert features Grieg’s much-loved Piano Concerto which will be performed by Marc Corbett-Weaver. But what is it about Grieg’s music which so richly evokes a beautiful landscape of fjords and mountains?

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg premiered his Piano Concerto in 1869 with himself as soloist. It is considered to be one of the great works of the Romantic period richly evoking a beautiful landscape of the composer’s homeland’s fjords and mountains.

These associations of music, landscape and nature are central to Grieg’s Norwegian identity and place him on a similar international stage as Sibelius in Finland and Dvořák in Bohemia.

From the New World
Sunday 13 March 2022, 6pm
St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EH

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Dvořák  Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

Marc Corbett-Weaver will perform Grieg’s magnificent work with conductor Michael Thrift as the highlight of the next Firebird concert in Oxford.

The 1970 sugary biopic Song of Norway featuring Edvard Grieg’s early life was not a commercial success. However, it raised the awareness of the fabulous music of this previously neglected composer outside his native Norway. As a result, his Piano Concertois now one of the most often performed concertos in the classical repertoire. 

This concert is generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation

From the New World

Firebird heads to Oxford on 13 March with pianist Marc Corbett-Weaver and conductor Michael Thrift for a concert which includes Dvořák’s ever popular ‘New World’ Symphony.

Set in the magnificent Grade I listed St John the Evangelist Church (pictured above) designed by Victorian architect George Frederick Bodley, this concert is presented as part of the 2022 SJE Arts International Piano Series.

Now in its ninth year, the Series is well established in Oxford and much further afield with past performers including John Lill, Joaquín Achúcarro, Stephen Hough and Imogen Cooper. 

From the New World
Sunday 13 March 2022, 6pm
St John the Evangelist Church, Iffley Rd, Oxford OX4 1EH

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor
Dvořák  Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

This concert is generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation

When Estonian Arvo Pärt (pictured above) heard on the radio that the English composer Benjamin Britten had died he dedicated his Cantus to his memory. This has become Pärt’s most popular work and has been used in movies and television documentaries. 

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg premiered his Piano Concerto in 1869 with himself as soloist. It is considered to be one of the great works of the Romantic period. Grieg’s music also richly evokes a beautiful landscape of his homeland’s fjords and mountains.

Antonin Dvořák’s 9th Symphony From the New World was composed when the Czech composer was director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, and living in New York City. Drawing on native songs and African-American spirituals it evokes a sense of America’s natural beauty, with its wide open spaces and rugged wilderness.

The Orchestra will be conducted by our regular Principal Guest Conductor, Michael Thrift with soloist Marc Corbett-Weaver:

This concert is generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation 

Eroica!

Firebird gets 2022 underway with a flourish and an orchestral programme of music by Mendelssohn and Beethoven on Tuesday 1 February… 

Inspired by the titles of two poems by Goethe, Mendelssohn’s concert overtureCalm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27 reminds us that before the days of steam when a totally calm sea was cause for alarm. It is only when the wind at last rises that the ship can continue on its journey.

Beethoven’s celebrated Symphony No. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 Eroica  broke all the conventions of the day and is often considered to be the first Romantic symphony.

Originally composed ‘to celebrate the memory of a great man’, Beethoven’s dedication to Napoleon on the title page was torn up when Beethoven heard that Bonaparte had declared himself Emperor.

The 40-piece orchestra will be conducted by our regular Principal Guest Conductor, Michael Thrift with leader Calyssa Davidson:

What’s more, Firebird’s programme notes for each of its concerts are now being offered as a free downboad. Simply click on the link below and save on your smartphone – or print out your own copy to bring to the concert! 

Please note there is no interval for this event

London Firebird Orchestra