Forests & Fantasy

Forests & Fantasy

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Yury Revich Olario Prelude
Gershwin/Frolov Fantasy on themes from Porgy and Bess
Yury Revich Olario Choriner Wald (the Forest of Chorin)
Massenet Méditation from Thais
Bizet/Sarasate Carmen Fantasy
Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Yury Revich

Firebird for Schools

Firebird for Schools

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro K.492
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op.67

Conductor Michael Thrift
Narrator Robert Bathurst



Tuesday 30 April 2024

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Op.72
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466
Dvořák: Symphony No.8 in G, Op. 88

Conductor George Jackson
Piano Martin James Bartlett

Jonathan Leibovitz

Clarinet Fair

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Mendelssohn: Die Schöne Melusine Op.32 (The Fair Melusine)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36

Michael Thrift conductor
Jonathan Leibovitz clarinet

Garden of Fire

The Garden of Fire

Sunday 28 January 2024

Ruth Gipps Cringlemire Garden: Impression for string orchestra, Op. 39
Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K. 271 ‘Jeunehomme’
Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K. 217
Haydn Symphony No. 59 in A, Hob. I:59 ‘Fire’

Conductor George Jackson
Piano Harris Tsz-Chun Leung
Soprano Sian Dicker


The Avalon Trio

The Avalon Trio

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Haydn Piano Trio no. 39 in G, Hob. XV/25 Gypsy Rondo
Rachmaninoff Trio Élégiaque no.1 in G minor, Op. Post.
Tchaikovsky Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

The English Landscape

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony no. 5 in D

Conductor George Jackson
Cello Maciej Kułakoswki 


European Classics: Virtuoso

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Yury Revich Olario ‘Kaleidoscope’ Symphony no. 1 World premiere
Brahms Symphony no. 1, Op. 68

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Yury Revich Olario

Trio de Beauvoir

Firebird Chamber Platform: Trio de Beauvoir

Tuesday 21 March 2023

Beethoven Piano trio in B flat,  Op. 11
Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 11
Gabriela Lena-Frank Four Folk Songs
Beethoven Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 Dumky

Violin Enyuan Khong
Cello Charlotte Kaslin
Piano Élisabeth Pion

Magic & Mayhem

Magic & Mayhem

Tuesday 7 February 2023

Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte, K.620
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
Beethoven Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Conductor George Jackson
Cello Maciej Kułakowski


European Classics: Pastoral

European Classics: Pastoral

Tuesday 25 October 2022

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 Emmanual Bach


European Classics: Egmont

Tuesday 27 September 2022

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

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano George Harliono

Firebird for Schools

Firebird for Schools

Thursday 30 June 2022

Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro K.492
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Conductor Michael Thrift
Narrator Ian Hislop

European Classics

European Classics: Awakening

Tuesday 14 June 2022

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

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Yury Revich

From the New World

Sunday 13 March 2022

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

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver

Generously sponsored by the Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation 



Tuesday 1 February 2022

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

Conductor Michael Thrift 


From the Germanic Lands

Thursday 28 October 2021

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

Conductor Michael Thrift
Violin Emmanual Bach

Staffa Island

Beyond Fingal’s Cave

Tuesday 28 September 2021

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture in B minor, Op. 26
Cello concerto in C, Hob. VIIb:1
Symphony no. 8 in B minor, D. 759 ‘The Unfinished’

Conductor George Jackson
Cello Jamal Aliyav

Appalachian Awakening

Thursday 24 June 2021

Aaron Copland
Suite from Appalachian Spring
Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony no. 60 in C Il Distratto

Conductor George Jackson

Welcome the Spring

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Delius On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Wagner Siegfried Idyll WWV 103
Mozart Symphony no. 36 in C, K.426 Linz

Conductor George Jackson


From London to St Petersburg

Thursday 19 November 2020

Ralph Vaughan William Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Arcangelo Corelli Concerto grosso in D major, op. 6, No. 4
Gustav Holst St Paul’s Suite, op 29, No 2
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings in C major, op 48

Conductor Michael Thrift

String Fling

Thursday 22 October 2020

Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Mahler Adagietto (from Symphony no. 5)
Grieg Holberg Suite, Op. 40

Principal Guest Conductor George Jackson

The First Cuckoo

The First Cuckoo: Nature Unwrapped

Sunday 22 March 2020

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 Magic Flute)
Haydn Symphony no. 83 in G minor, Hob.I:83 (La Poule)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Emmanuel Bach
Coloratura Samantha Hay

From the Earth to the Skies

Tuesday 25 February 2020

Beethoven Concerto for Piano and orchestra op. 61a
Mozart Overture to Idomeneo, re di Creta, K. 366
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 George Harliono
Soprano Rosanna Harris


Firebird in February

Sunday 10 February 2019

Mozart Overture to Die Zauberflöte K. 620
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

George Jackson conductor
Marc Corbett-Weaver piano

Mendelssohn in March

Mendelssohn in March

Thursday 14 March 2019

Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
Brahms Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68

Michael Thrift conductor
Raphael Wallfisch cello

Firebird for Schools

Firebird for Schools

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro K.492
Brahms Hungarian Dance No.5
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf, Op.67

Michael Thrift conductor
Nickolas Grace narrator

Sibelius in Summer

Tuesday 11 June 2019

Rossini Overture to Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Paganini Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op.7
Angela Slater Twilight Inversions World Première
(Firebird Composer of the Year)
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat minor, op.82

Michael Thrift conductor
Yury Revich violin

A Major Evening

Thursday 26 September 2019

Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Op. 72
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
Mozart Tamino’s Aria:
Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from The Magic Flute)
Beethoven Symphony no. 7 in A, Op. 92

George Jackson conductor
James Meldrum clarinet
Ben Thapa tenor

Mission Paganini with Yury Revich

Tuesday 22 October 2019

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)

George Jackson conductor
Yury Revich violin
Sky Ingram soprano


Egmont in October

Egmont in October

Tuesday 9 October 2018

Beethoven Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op.26
Dvořák Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka Op. 114
Dvořák Symphony No.8 in G Major Op.88, B.163

George Jackson conductor
Leonard Schreiber violin
Verity Wingate soprano

Firebird Flies to the States

Firebird Flies to the States

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Copland Fanfare for the Common Man
Barber Adagio for Strings
Overture to Candide
Gershwin Summertime
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Symphony no.9 (‘From the
 New World’)

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver
Soprano He Wu

Firebird's Little Surprise

Firebird’s Little Surprise

Sunday 25 March 2018

London Firebird Orchestra in collaboration with the London Chamber Music Society

Haydn Symphony No. 94 in G, Hob.I:94 Surprise
Strauss Oboe Concerto, TrV 292
Mozart Opera arias (selection)
Schubert Symphony No. 3 in D, D.200

George Jackson conductor
John Anderson oboe
He Wu soprano

Firebird Well Seasoned

Firebird Well Seasoned

Thursday 8 February 2018

Vivaldi Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons)
Piazzolla Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)

Directed from the violin by Thomas Gould


La Vie Parisienne

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
A pair of French nineteenth century operatic arias:
Offenbach “Les oiseaux dans la charmille”
(The Doll Song) (from ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’)
Bizet “Me voilà seule dans la nuit”
(from ‘Le Pêcheurs de Perles’)
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto no. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
Beethoven Symphony no. 7 in A, Op. 92

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Cello Aleksei Kiseliov
Soprano He Wu

Celestial Grandeur

Celestial Grandeur

Tuesday 13 June 2017

Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver


From London to Vienna

Sunday 12 February 2017

Mozart Overture to Cosí fan Tutte, K. 588
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Mozart “Come Scoglio” (from Cosí fan Tutte) “Porgi Amor” (from Le Nozze di Figaro)
Haydn Symphony no. 103 in E flat, H. 1/103 (‘The Drum Roll’)

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Benjamin Baker
Soprano Suzanne Fischer

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

Heroics and Hijinx

Heroics and Hijinx

Thursday 16 March 2017

Overture to Rinaldo, HWV. 7
Two arias from Rinaldo: “Lascia ch’io pianga” & “Vo’ far guerra”
Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Hob. VIIb/1
Lance Chung-Yiu Mok
Two Loves (World Première)
Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K.425 ‘Linz’

Conductor Nicolas Nebout
Cello Steffan Morris
Soprano Suzanne Fischer


Fingal's Cave

Classical Landscapes

Thursday 11 October 2016

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 (‘Fingal’s Cave’)
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
Beethoven Symphony no. 6 in F, Op. 68 (‘Pastorale’)

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Clarinet Matthew Hunt

From Russia With Love

Thursday 16 June 2016

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Conductor Michael Thrift
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver


Firebird at Kings Place

Sunday 8 May 2016

Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Mozart Two Arias from Le Nozze di Figaro
Haydn Symphony no. 103 in E flat, H. 1/103 (‘Drumroll’)

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Soprano Lisa Rijmer
Violin Benjamin Baker



Wednesday 24 February 2016

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar Introduction & Allegro
Beethoven Symphony no. 7 in A, Op. 92

Conductor Michael Thrift


Jennifer Pike

From Darkness To Light

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
Dvorak Symphony no. 8 in G, Op. 88

Conductor George Jackson
Violin Jennifer Pike


Firebird Summer Concert 2015

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Barnaby Martin “Stillness” from the Kalamos Suite (World Première)
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat, Op. 23
Sibelius Symphony no. 5 in E flat, Op. 82

Conductor Edward Farmer
Composer Barnaby Martin
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver

Thomas Gould

A Night of Beethoven (with Thomas Gould)

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Beethoven Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Beethoven Symphony no. 3 in E flat, Op. 55

Conductor William Kunhardt
Violin Thomas Gould

Raphael Wallfisch

Firebird with Wallfisch (Kings Place debut)

Sunday 8 February 2015

J S Bach Air & Gavotte from Orchestra Suite no. 3 in D, BMV1068
Haydn Cello Concerto no. 1 in C, Hob.VIIb:1
Rossini Une Larme
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (‘Jupiter’)

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Guest Leader Sarah Sew
Cello Raphael Wallfisch


A Viennese Whirl

A Viennese Whirl

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus
Strauss Overture to Zigeunerbaron
Strauss Kaiser Waltz
Strauss Thunder and Lightening Polka, Trisch-Tratch Polka, Zigeunebaron Overture, and many others
Haydn “Farewell” Symphony, no. 45 in F sharp minor
and other popular Viennese pieces
and a selection of Operatic Arias

Conductor George Jackson
Mezzo-Soprano Silvia Hauer

Firebird Summer Concert 2014

Firebird Summer Concert 2014

Thursday 12 June 2014

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Mozart Arias (selection)
Brahms Symphony no. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Violin Mathieu van Bellen
Soprano Raphaela Papadakis

Rainer Hersch

Royal Festival Hall 2014

Monday 21 April 2014

April Fools Comedy Concert

Conductor/Host Rainer Hersch
Rich Hall
Crouch End Festival Chorus
Oompah Brass
Christopher Turner Tenor
James Oldfield Baritone
London Firebird Orchestra

Jennifer Pike

A Night of Tchaik

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 (Pathetique)

Conductor Will Kunhardt
Violin Jennifer Pike


Susanna Hurrell

Romanticism: From dawn until dusk

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Bach/Elgar Fantasy and Fugue in C minor
Strauss Four Last Songs
Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Conductor Jonathan Bloxham
Soprano Susanna Hurrell

Jonathan Bloxham

1001 Arabian Nights

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Smetana Vltava (from “Ma Vlast”)
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 34

Conductor: Edward Farmer
Cello: Jonathan Bloxham
Leader: Sarah Sew

Firebird summer concert 2013

Firebird Summer Concert 2013

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Grieg Two pieces from ‘Peer Gynt’:
Morgenstemning (Morning Mood)
I Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King)
Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

London Firebird Orchestra
Conductor: Edward Farmer
Piano: Marc Corbett-Weaver

Rainer Hersch

April Fool’s Day Comedy Concert 2013

Monday 1 April 2013

Rainer Hersch – ‘the world’s first classical music hooligan’ (The Sun) – brings together the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain with full symphony orchestra and stars of the classical world for an afternoon of comedy, music and mayhem.

Opening Concert of the 2013 Season

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Beethoven Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622
Elgar Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Principal Conductor: Achim Holub
Guest Conductor / Comedian: Rainer Hersch
Assistant Conductor: Michael Thrift
Clarinet: James Meldrum


A Feast of Mozart

A Feast of Mozart

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Mozart Overture to Lucio Silla
Mozart Selection of arias from “Il Re Pastore” and “Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 in C, K. 545
Mozart Symphony no. 41 in C, K. 551 (‘Jupiter’)

London Firebird Orchestra
Principal Conductor Achim Holub
Soprano Lisa Rijmer
Piano Marc Corbett-Weaver

Celebrating 35 years of The Story of Christmas

Thursday 27 September 2012

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 (‘Fingal’s Cave’)
Dvorak Song to the Moon
Bruch Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Dvorak Symphony no. 9 in E minor,  Op. 95 (“From the New World”)

London Firebird Orchestra
Principal Conductor Achim Holub
Solo Violin Leonard Schreiber
Solo Soprano Lisa Rijmer

Aleksei Returns to London

Aleksei Returns to London!

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Beethoven Overture to the Creatures of the Prometheus, Op. 43
Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85
Wagner Vorspiel und Liebestod (from ‘Tristan und Isolde’)
Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

Principal Conductor: Achim Holub
Solo Cello: Aleksei Kiseliov
Soprano: Julietta Demetriades

Firebird flies to Russia

Firebird flies to Russia!

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Glinka Overture to Rulsan and Ludmilla
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
Rachmaninoff Symphony no. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Principal Conductor: Achim Holub
Piano: Marc Corbett-Weaver

April Fool’s Day Concert 2012

Sunday 1 April 2012

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Conductor/Comedian Rainer Hersch

Inaugural Concert

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Mozart Overture to ‘The Magic Flute’
Mozart A selecon of popular arias (from ‘The Magic Flute’)
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Principal Conductor Achim Holub
Solo Violin Thomas Gould
Soprano Lisa Rijmer
Baritone Adam Gilbert