The Firebird Project

In May 2014 our Year 10s danced with pupils from Feltham Community College and Richmond Park Academy in Firebird, in an original piece of choreography set to Stravinsky’s ballet score, performed by young musicians from Hounslow Music Service and Richmond Music Trust.

The performances, which took place at White Lodge, our base in Richmond Park, were the culmination of an innovative music and dance project through which 110 young dancers and musicians from the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond collaborated to create new work. It formed part of our aDvANCE London programme, which provides opportunities for creative and social exchange with secondary schools, colleges, youth groups, working collaboratively to explore elements of ballet.

The young dancers from the three schools worked together from January to May 2014 to creatively explore themes inspired by The Firebird ballet, first choreographed by Michel Fokine for the Ballets Russes in 1910.

Meanwhile, the young musicians formed an orchestra, rehearsing excerpts from Stravinsky’s score, under the guidance of a professional conductor from the Philharmonia Orchestra and receiving coaching from Philharmonia musicians. The orchestra also undertook a professional recording of the Firebird excerpts, to provide an audio track for the dancers.

The project was generously supported by the Mayor’s Music Fund and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Watch a live recording of performance itself:

Find out more about our work with secondary schools