Cross Arts Creative Projects: The Firebird Project

Usually in partnership with a music hub or arts organisation, our cross-arts creative projects tend to be high-profile, large-scale, participatory one-off events.

In 2013/14 the Philharmonia worked in partnership with Richmond Music Trust, Hounslow Music Service and The Royal Ballet School on an award-winning cross-arts music and dance initiative, The Firebird Project.

This very special project brought together dancers from The Royal Ballet School and pupils from Feltham Community College and Richmond Park Academy who fused very different dance backgrounds and styles to create original choreography to excerpts from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. A combined youth orchestra from Hounslow and Richmond was specially formed for the project, who worked alongside Philharmonia musicians with David Corkhill conducting, to professionally record a rehearsal track and accompany the dancers in performance.

The project was filmed by the Philharmonia's award-winning Digital Department, and a film screening of the documentary and dance piece accompanied by the musicians' recording took place in the Royal Festival Hall on 22 May 2014.

We are delighted to announce that The Firebird Project was presented with a London Music Award for Outstanding Musical Partnership at a ceremony hosted by Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, at The Roundhouse on 11 June 2015.


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The Firebird Project was generously supported by the Mayor's Music Fund.

Mayors Music Fund