Meet the Soloist: Rosanna Harris

Soprano soloist Rosanna Harris will be making her Firebird debut with From the Earth to the Skies on 25 February. We find out more about her musical life…

Tell us a little about yourself as a musician…

I was born in Glasgow in Scotland and from there I travelled all over the world eventually settling back in the U.K. in my early 20s. I completed a BMus degree at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada before completing an MMus & PGDip in Vocal Performance at the RNCM in Manchester. I recently moved to Surrey after a few years living in London.

Music has been a part of my life since I was a small child: my parents were, and still are, involved in music and always encouraged me to participate in a wide range of artistic endeavours.

As well as singing, I studied the ‘cello, acting and dance and regularly performed in plays, musicals, operas, dance recitals, as well as with orchestras and ensembles, most of which I continue to enjoy as time allows. 


What are your career highlights to date?

Some of my most memorable experiences have been performing on stages including Bridgewater Hall, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Festival Hall, Grange Park Opera, and Opera Holland Park, both as a soloist and member of an ensemble. I have also worked with companies such as English Touring Opera, which has allowed me to see many gorgeous pockets of the U.K. 


What about your future ambitions in music?

I am mainly involved in the freelance opera world, but I really enjoy performing with ensembles and orchestras as time allows between opera contracts.  My ambition is to keep singing in any way I can. I like to mix singing with private singing teaching, so that I add variety to my days. As long as I have music in my life and the chance to sing often enough, I will be happy!


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

Performing with orchestras such as London Firebird gives invaluable opportunities for younger professional musicians, not least because of the depth an orchestra brings to the music and the exhilarating feeling one experiences as the performer.

At this stage in my career it is not always easy to come across solo opportunities like this. I am honoured to have been asked to perform Ilia’s recitative and aria from Idomeneo. This will be the first time I will be working with London Firebird Orchestra. I am very much looking forward to it. 



Conductor Michael Thrift, pianist Marc Corbett-Weaver and soprano Rosanna Harris

From the Earth to the Skies

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

From the Earth to the Sky

Mozart Overture to Idomeneo, re di Creta, K, 366
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat, Op. 19
Mozart Ilia’s Arias: Quando avran fine omai & Padre, germani, addio! (from Idomeneo)
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (Jupiter)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano Rosanna Harris

From the Earth to the Skies

What better way to forget the winter blues than with Firebird’s first concert of the year From the Earth to the Skies on 25 February at the lovely St George’s Hanover Square?

Classical masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven abound a concert taking us from the earth bound Island of Crete to the celestial wonders of the planet Jupiter alongside Beethoven’s delightful second Piano Concerto…

Composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven

Conductor Michael Thrift takes Firebird on a flight back to the Trojan wars for the start of Mozart’s Opera Idomeneo. Ilia, the daughter of the defeated king of Troy, has been captured by the Cretans.

She has fallen in love with the son of the Cretan King who releases her along with other captives. Ilia’s aria is performed by Rosanna Harris, fresh from the stages of Opera Holland Park and Grange Park Opera.

Conductor Michael Thrift, pianist Marc Corbett-Weaver and soprano Rosanna Harris

Firebird’s Artistic Director Marc Corbett-Weaver performs Beethoven’s delightful Piano Concerto no. 2 before Firebird heads to the skies for Mozart’s inspirational Jupiter Symphony.

‘Marc Corbett-Weaver showed himself to be an interpretive artist fully immersed in the subtleties and considerable technical demands of each composer’s writing.’

Musical Opinion Magazine

From the Earth to the Skies

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7.30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Mozart Overture to Idomeneo, re di Creta, K, 366
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat, Op. 19
Mozart Ilia’s Arias: Quando avran fine omai & Padre, germani, addio! (from Idomeneo)
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (Jupiter)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano Rosanna Harris

We look forward to seeing you at the first in a series of fabulous concerts throughout the year – click on the button below to see what’s coming up in 2020 and to book.

London Firebird Orchestra
London Firebird Orchestra

Make the most of 2020 with Firebird

Happy New Year from everyone at Firebird!

It’s that time of year when many of us are making resolutions for the year ahead. Have you made yours yet?

The three most common resolutions people make are to:

* sort out their finances
* eat more healthily
* exercise more.

One other you might like to add is ‘Make the most of 2020 with Firebird. We have a fabulous line up of concerts this year, so make sure these are on your agenda for 2020…

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SKIES

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

From the Earth to the Sky

Mozart Overture to Idomeneo, re di Creta, K, 366
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat, Op. 19
Mozart Ilia’s Arias: Quando avran fine omai & Padre, germani, addio! (from Idomeneo)
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (Jupiter)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano Rosanna Harris

THE FIRST CUCKOO: NATURE UNWRAPPED

Sunday 22 March 2020, 6:30 pm
King’s Place, London, N1 9AG

The First Cuckoo

Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo
Delius Spring Summer Night on the River
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Mozart The Queen of the Night Arias: Der Hölle Rache & O zittre nicht (from The Magic Flute)
Haydn Symphony no. 83 in G minor, Hob.I:83 (La Poule)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Emmanuel Bach
Coloratura Samantha Hay

FIREBIRD FOR SCHOOLS

Thursday 14 May 2020, 1:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Firebird for Schools

Programme to include:
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op.67

Conductor George Jackson

B MINOR WITH LOVE

Thursday 11 June 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

B Minor with Love

Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Winner of the Firebird Young Composer of the Year Competition New Work (World Première)
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Cello Aleksei Kiseliov

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Thursday 24 September 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35
Sibelius Symphony no. 2 in D, Op. 43

Principal Guest Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich

FIREBIRD FLIES TO THE EAST

Thursday 22 October 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Borodin In the Steppes of Central Asia
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Puccini A Selection of Arias from ‘La Bohème’
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

Principal Guest Conductor George Jackson
Piano George Harliono
Soprano Sky Ingram

London Firebird Orchestra
London Firebird Orchestra

Musician of the Month: Helena Jacklin

French Horn player Helena Jacklin began performing with the London Firebird Orchestra in February this year. Several concerts later we find out more about her career in music…

Tell us a bit about yourself, your instrument and your training to date…

I began the horn at the age of nine and soon after gained a scholarship to study at the Purcell School of Music with Sue Dent, supported by the government’s Music and Dance scheme. I was then awarded a scholarship by the Royal College of Music in 2011 as holder of the Michael Quinn Award. I graduated with a First Class Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree.

My studies continued as holder of the Oliver Green Memorial Trust Award and as part of the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund of the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 2017 I graduated with a distinction in Masters in Performance.


Can you say more about your involvement in orchestral playing?

I see myself primarily an orchestral musician and have performed with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RTE Symphony Orchestra and London Concert Orchestra, among others. I was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in 2018 and am currently on trial for Principal Horn of the Scottish Ballet. 

I am also active in chamber music and have given solo and chamber music recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. I began performing with the London Firebird Orchestra in February this year, playing first horn.


And what about your future ambitions?

My musical ambition is to have a varied playing career, whether in a symphony orchestra or in an orchestral pit.

Outside of music, my ambitions include travelling to as many different countries as possible and completing all of the recipes in Meera Sodha’s cookbooks!


What do you see as the value of an orchestra like London Firebird to younger professional musicians like yourself?

London Firebird Orchestra offers young musicians the chance to bridge the gap between study and the demands of professional life in a collegiate and supportive artistic environment.

It is also a great opportunity to cover basic repertoire. Some of my most memorable dates including Beethoven’s 5th and 7th symphonies with conductor George Jackson.


Meet the Musician: Abel Puutstinen

Finnish violinist Abel Puutstinen has been the leader of the London Firebird Orchestra in several recent concerts. We find out more about his life and career in music…

Tell us a bit about yourself, your instrument and your training to date

I’m from Finland, but I’ve been living London for four years now. My instrument is a 18th century violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini generously loaned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Before moving to London to further my studies I was at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

How long have you been involved with London Firebird Orchestra and in what role?

This is my second season playing with the LFO. I have had the honour to play as a concert master (leader) sitting next to my great colleagues and friends.


What other music ensembles and orchestras are you involved with?

I’ve mostly worked in Finnish orchestras such as Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. In London I am trying to strike a balance between  playing with the Firebird Orchestra and various chamber music activities.

What have been the highlights of your career so far and your ambitions for the future?

The highlight of my career must have been playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in fully packed Helsinki Music Centre main hall. In the future I hope to get to play with many interesting musicians, play lots of chamber music and work with great orchestras. Once I have more time I also hope to start conducting one day.


What do you see as the value of an orchestra like London Firebird to younger professional musicians like yourself?

For me London Firebird Orchestra is a great combination of professional work and spending my time with friends while playing wonderful music. 

We as musicians should always aim for the highest possible level of music making and giving the audience superb experiences they will remember. For me there is no better way to do this than with your friends sitting collectively wanting to give your very best!

Finally, the music LFO plays is vital core repertoire for every classical musician. Exploring those pieces is always a great joy!


From the Earth to the Skies

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

From the Earth to the Sky

Mozart Overture to Idomeneo, re di Creta, K, 366
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 in B flat, Op. 19
Mozart Ilia’s Arias: Quando avran fine omai & Padre, germani, addio! (from Idomeneo)
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (Jupiter)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano Rosanna Harris

Paganini on Tuesday

Join us for the next Firebird concert on Tuesday evening at St George’s Hanover Square for an evening of fantastic music including the world premiere of Yury Revich’s fresh look at Paganini’s 24 Caprices

Violinist Yury Revich has taken a fresh look at those incredibly demanding pieces by presenting all 24 Caprices for the first time with his newly composed accompaniment for full symphony orchestra.


Watch the video for a taster of what’s in store…

Yury explains: I believe this new version of the Caprices brings a fusion of the mystery of Paganini’s music and the magic with a modern symphonic sound. I would like to invite you to experience the magic of Paganini in our own time.


Mission Paganini with Yury Revich


Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Donizetti Overture to Don Pasquale
Paganini/Revich The 24 Caprices
Puccini Quando m’en vo’ (from La Boheme) & O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich
Soprano Sky Ingram

This concert has been generously sponsored by Rory Graham in memory of James B Cairns

Meet the Soloist: Sky Ingram

Gracing the stage for Mission Paganini alongside violinist Yury Revich on 22nd October is renowned Australian soprano Sky Ingram. We find out more about her dazzling career…

Having trained at the National Opera Studio, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide, it’s certain that Sky will deliver a magical performance featuring some fabulous arias by Puccini.

A multi-award winning and multi-talented soprano, Sky – who is now based in London – has performed all over the world.

She made her debut in the role of Lea in the world premiere of Glare for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to huge critical acclaim, returning the following year to sing the goddess Venus in Rossi’s Orpheus.


Sky Ingram

Her American debut was as Avis in The Wreckers for Bard SummerScape in New York, and she continued on to sing the title role of Rusalka in Valladolid, Spain, and La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaroin Kristiansand, Norway. Most recently, Sky debuted Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Garsington Opera and again in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées.

Since the age of 11, with her first school music scholarship, Sky has gone on to win several music awards, scholarships and competitions in both Australia and the UK including; Opera Awards Foundation Bursary, 5MBS Young Performer of the Year, Harold Rosenthal Prize, Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Bursary, Australian Music Foundation Scholarship, Wingate Scholarship, SA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts section), George Boland Scholarship, Scholarships for various Opera Courses.

After winning the 2011 ROSL Overseas Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas, Sky Ingram was invited by Her Majesty The Queen to a reception at Buckingham Palace for ‘Australians of significance’ living and working in the UK.


Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to catch Sky in action performing in a concert that also features the world premiere of a new orchestral accompaniment to Paganini’s 24 Caprices by violinist Yury Revich.


Mission Paganini with Yury Revich

Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Donizetti Overture to Don Pasquale
Paganini/Revich The 24 Caprices
Puccini Quando m’en vo’ (from La Boheme) & O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich
Soprano Sky Ingram

This concert has been generously sponsored by Rory Graham in memory of James B Cairns

Mission Paganini

We find out more about the next Firebird concert on 22 October which will be one of the highlights of the new season and will feature the world premiere of Yury Revich’s arrangement of Paganini’s 24 Caprices for violin and orchestra…

Niccolò Paganini was a major reformer, a great violin virtuoso, and a musician with an incredible charisma. According to legend, he even sold his soul to the devil!

Among Paganini’s many compositions are his 24 Caprices for Violin Op.1. These are considered the most technically difficult works ever written for this instrument.

Violinist Yuri Revich has taken a fresh look at those incredibly demanding pieces by presenting all 24 Caprices for the first time with his newly composed accompaniment for full symphony orchestra.


Yury explains: ‘I believe this new version of the Caprices brings a fusion of the mystery of Paganini’s music and the magic with a modern symphonic sound. I would like to invite you to experience the magic of Paganini in our own time. Mission Paganini, is something you won’t want to miss!’blooded authority, fleet-fingered dexterity, innate musicality and substantial accuracy…’

Paganini was born in what was then the Republic of Genoa – now part of Italy – in 1782. At the age of 18 he was appointed first violin of the Republic of Lucca where his fame as a violinist is said to been matched only by his reputation as a gambler and womaniser. 

In 1805, the region was ceded to Napoleon’s sister, Elisa Baciocchi, who was to become the Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Paganini became a violinist in her court before becoming a travelling virtuoso and composer.

His first big break came in 1813 with an enormous success at La Scala in Milan. In 1827, Pope Leo XII honoured Paganini with the Order of the Golden Spur and his fame spread across Europe.

After a period of chronic illnesses Paganini returned to Parma in 1835 under the employ of Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, Napoleon’s second wife. But after falling out with the orchestra and the court he left for Paris to set up a casino. Its immediate failure left him in financial ruin, and he auctioned off his personal effects, including his musical instruments before his tragic death in 1840.


Mission Paganini with Yury Revich
Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Donizetti Overture to Don Pasquale
Paganini/Revich The 24 Caprices
Puccini Quando m’en vo’ (from La Boheme) & O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich
Soprano Sky Ingram

This concert has been generously sponsored by Rory Graham in memory of James B Cairns

Mission Paganini with Yury Revich

Firebird’s next concert on 22 October sees the return of internationally celebrated violinist Yury Revich and the world premiere of his arrangement of Paganini’s 24 Caprices alongside music by Donizetti and Puccini.

Following a magnificent performance of Paganini’s Violin Concerto no. 2 which enraptured Firebird’s audience in June, the internationally celebrated violinist Yury Revich returns with much anticipation.

Yury has arranged Paganini’s 24 Caprices – dazzling gemstones of the violin repertoire – for solo violin and orchestra and has offered Firebird the honour of premièring them on 22 October.


‘Yury Revich played with full-blooded authority, fleet-fingered dexterity, innate musicality and substantial accuracy…’
The Strad


Yury plays a 1709 Stradivarius and performs all over the world, with orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra and La Verdi Milano at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and Vienna Konzerthaus.

This tour through the Caprices promises to be a spectacular virtuosic feat. We extend the Italian theme with Donizetti’s capricious Overture to Don Pasquale.

Straight from the stages of Opera North and English Touring Opera comes Sky Ingram for two of Puccini’s most adored arias.

Mission Paganini with Yury Revich
Tuesday 22 October 2019, 7:30 pm
St George’s, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1FX

Donizetti Overture to Don Pasquale
Paganini/Revich The 24 Caprices
Puccini Quando m’en vo’ (from La Boheme) & O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich
Soprano Sky Ingram

This concert has been generously sponsored by Rory Graham in memory of James B Cairns