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

Firebird 2022 tickets now on sale

Tickets for Firebird’s concerts for 2022 are now on sale with a fantastic programme of your favourite Classical Music…


Eroica!
Tuesday 1 February 2022

St George’s Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Op. 27
Beethoven Symphony no. 3 in E flat, Op. 55 Eroica

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift

Eroica

From the New World
Sunday 13 March 2022

SJE Arts, Oxford OX4 1EH

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor, From the New World, Op. 95

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver

Generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation


Firebird for Schools
Thursday 19 May 2022

St George’s Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift


European Classics
Tuesday 14 June 2022

St George’s Hanover Square, London W1S 1FX

Ravel Tombeau de Couperin
Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Schubert Symphony no. 1 in D. 82

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich


Season’s Greetings!

And a sneak peak at Firebird’s programme for 2022…

Despite a challenging year we’ve had some great achievements in 2021 with some terrific live concerts and a series of filmed concerts which can be watched for free on YouTube:

Now we are planning a great series of concert for 2022 – and into 2023 – with beautiful music, amazing conductors, talented soloists and of course our wonderful orchestra. Make sure you put these dates into your diary and we look forward to seeing you at our fabulous concerts in the year ahead.

Dates for your Diary 2022

Tuesday 1 February 2022
St George’s Hanover Square

Sunday 13 March 2022
SJE Arts Oxford

Thursday 19 May 2022
Firebird for Schools 2022
St George’s Hanover Square

Tuesday 14 June 2022
St George’s Hanover Square

Tuesday 27 September 2022
St George’s Hanover Square

Tuesday 25 October 2022
St George’s Hanover Square

Tuesday 7 February 2023
St George’s Hanover Square

Everyone at Firebird wishes you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. We all look forward to seeing you again in 2022.

Don’t miss Thursday’s Violin Virtuoso

Virtuoso of the violin Emmanuel Bach will be with us this Thursday 28 October in From the Germanic Lands as the soloist in Mendelssohn’s famous Concerto in E Minor…

Emmanuel is thrilled to finally be able to perform this great work with Firebird. We caught up with him last year when the planned performance of this work had to be cancelled due to lockdown and learned more about his musical activities:

Tell us a little about yourself as a musician…

Growing up with music in the home, I found my feet through having a pianist mother, taking lessons with a Russian teacher Natasha Boyarsky, for many years, including studies at Oxford, Royal College London, and later studying with Radu Blidar. My mission is communicating through music and to bring music to wider audiences. Symphony, opera, chamber music, and other art genres have long brought me interest and helped me to develop as a musician.

Can you identify some career highlights to date?

Winning the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition and working in performances and masterclasses with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vengerov.

Do you see yourself as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician or all three?

Emmanuel Bach

My focus is solo and chamber music, which presently involves performing concertos, giving recitals and playing in duos.

What about your future ambitions in music?

To maintain interest in and support for the arts, by bringing music to wide audiences and communities who can benefit. To that end, I aim to perform more internationally, and hope to support interest in some more unusual composers. I also look forward to more work encouraging music-making in young people and communities here and abroad.

What is the value of London Firebird to younger professional musicians like yourself?

Firebird offers a fantastic opportunity for soloists to play with an orchestra of young professionals and students in a prominent venue, working together to perform for a committed audience.

From the Germanic Lands
Thursday 28 October 2021, 7:30 pm
St George’s Hanover Square, 2A Mill Street, London W1S 1FX

Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven Symphony no. 8 in F, Op. 93

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach

From the Germanic Lands

Firebird’s next concert on 28 October brings us a programme of fantastic music from Austria and Germany…

We dive headlong into this concert with Mozart’s vivacious overture to his opera The Marriage of Figaro followed by Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto – one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos in history. We conclude with one of Beethoven’s more light-hearted symphonies which he fondly referred to it as ‘my little Symphony in F’.

Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven – the three composers features in ‘From the Germanic Lands’

Did you know…
Mendelssohn also wrote another virtuoso violin concerto when he was between the ages of just 12 and 14 – at the same time he also produced 12 string symphonies! This violin concerto was ‘rediscovered;’ by Yehudi Menuhin in 1951.


Emmanuel Bach
Michael Thrift, conductor


Virtuoso soloist Emmanuel Bach (left) describes his mission as communicating through music and to bring music to wider audiences. He will be doing just that on 28 October when he brings Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto to life.

Australian-British conductor Michael Thrift (right) continues his long-standing relationship with the London Firebird Orchestra, having conducted them during the past several seasons. 

From the Germanic Lands

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanuel Bach

Thursday 28 October 2021, 7:30 pm
£35, £25, £15

Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Mendelssohn 
Violin concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Beethoven 
Symphony no. 8 in F, Op. 93

Now with a free digital programme

Please note: Tickets can only be purchased online for this event – there will be no door sales. In the interests of safety we also request that when you book you follow our COVID-19 POLICY.