Firebird Trio – London Calling

Firebird Trio

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Firebird Trio


A captivating musical snapshot of London spanning three centuries.

About the artists

Firebird Trio has performed nationwide to critical acclaim, with a vibrancy of imagination that echoes its name, bringing energy, colour and splendour to their live experiences. A city renowned for its artistic wealth, London serves as inspiration for Firebird Trio in this captivating musical snapshot spanning three centuries.

About the concert

Beginning with Joseph Haydn’s Piano Trio in A, the piece reveals the energy and optimism of his time in London at the behest of Johann Salomon, the German violinist and impresario. Haydn was able to establish himself securely in this prestigious artistic centre – a truly fruitful endeavour.

Henry Purcell’s Fantasia in B flat was originally scored for four viols in 1680, but their performance in Primrose Potter Salon presents a counterpoint, lovingly encased in the modern sound world of the piano trio.

Finishing on Vaughan Williams’ Piano Quintet of 1904. An early work from one of England’s most recognisable composers, the quintet makes full use of the timbral possibilities of a double bass. Rich with folk themes, the hallmarks of Vaughan Williams personal style are brought to life in an enigmatic and powerful way.

Firebird Trio welcome guest artists Simon Oswell, Stuart Riley and Rhodri for the ‘Vaughan Williams Quintet’.

Praise for Firebird Trio

‘An ensemble of immense energy and focus.’ The Australian

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Curt Thompson violin
Josephine Vains cello

Rhodri piano (guest artist)
Simon Oswell viola (guest artist)
Stuart Riley double bass (guest artist)


Joseph Haydn
Piano Trio No.32 in A, Hob.XV:18

Henry Purcell – arr. Benjamin Martin
Chorale settings for Fantasia in B flat

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Piano Quintet in C minor


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.