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BBC Proms 2021: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1945 version) (from memory)

Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Tom Service presenter
Nicholas Collon conductor


Wed 11 August, 3.30pm & 8.00pm
BBC Proms 2021, Royal Albert Hall

Aurora’s memorised performances have become an annual fixture at the Proms in recent years, with ‘by heart’ presentations of symphonies by Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Berlioz. This year we’ll be harnessing the unique potential of an orchestra playing without music stands or sheet music to get inside Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite: exploring the work’s textures and themes and unpacking its intricate musical narrative with the help of Tom Service, before delivering a complete performance of the work.

The concert opens with another Russian classic: Rachmaninov’s virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Pavel Kolesnikov as soloist.

This concert is generously supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, Nicholas & Margo Snowman, Richard & Helen Sheldon and the Aurora Patrons & Friends.

Covid-19 information

The BBC Proms Team have announced that the Proms will be going ahead at full capacity this year. Please note that all audience members who are over 18 years old will need to show Covid Status Certification on arrival at the Hall. For more information, please visit the Royal Albert Hall’s Covid safety FAQs and scroll down to the BBC Proms section.