Stravinsky The Firebird


with Xian Zhang

Sun 24 Apr 2022 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Barbican Hall, London

Ravel Mother Goose – Suite
Dani Howard Trombone Concerto
Qigang Chen L’Éloignement
Stravinsky The Firebird – Suite (1919 version)

Xian Zhang conductor
Peter Moore trombone
London Symphony Orchestra

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Tales of fantasy from Stravinsky and Ravel, a song of exile from Qigang Chen, and a homecoming for Dani Howard’s new trombone concerto – played by one of the LSO’s own brass stars.

Amidst a silence so heavy that you can almost feel it, something stirs – and in a shower of sparks, Stravinsky’s Firebird explodes into coruscating life. Guest conductor Xian Zhang opens a musical storybook, and retells four astonishing tales. The fantasy worlds of Stravinsky and Ravel are as captivating (and as fabulous) as ever, but we’ll hear a couple of 21st-century testimonies, too – from Dani Howard and Qigang Chen. 

‘There is a Chinese proverb that says when a man is uprooted, he gains vital force,’ says Qigang Chen, and his L’Éloignement tells of exile and nostalgia, in music of vibrant lyricism. Dani Howard’s new trombone concerto, meanwhile, drew rave reviews after its premiere last year and has since won an RPS Award in the Large-Scale Composition category. Written for (and performed by) the LSO’s superb Principal Trombone Peter Moore, one critic called it an ‘instant classic’. 

Sneak Peek

Get a flavour for what to expect from this concert.

Watch Sir Simon Rattle conduct the 'Infernal Dance' from Stravinsky's The Firebird.

Peter Moore and Dani Howard in conversation about Dani's Trombone Concerto.

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Concert programme

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