The Fires of London

Formed 1965. Disbanded 1987
The Fires of London
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The Fires of London

The Fires of London Biography (Wikipedia)

The Fires of London, founded as the Pierrot Players, was a British chamber music ensemble which was active from 1965 to 1987.

The Pierrot Players was founded by Harrison Birtwistle, Alan Ray Hacker, and Stephen Pruslin. From 1967 it was under the joint direction of Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies. The ensemble was formed to play Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and new works, often with a theatrical element, for a similar scoring (usually with the addition of percussion). Maxwell Davies described the basic instrumentation as flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, keyboards, percussion. The instrumentation proved to be too limited for Birtwistle and he left in 1970. Maxwell Davies took over as sole director, renaming the group the Fires of London. It was disbanded after its 20th anniversary concert in 1987. Maxwell Davies subsequently endorsed a new group Psappha.

During its existence, the Fires of London was particularly associated with Maxwell Davies' music, and gave first performances of many of his works, including Eight Songs for a Mad King, Vesalii Icones, The Martyrdom of St Magnus, Ave Maris Stella and Revelation and Fall. However it also premiered works by other composers, including Elliott Carter's Triple Duo, Birtwistle's Cantata, I Met Heine on the Rue F├╝rstenberg and The Viola in My Life 1 by Morton Feldman, Ocean de Terre by Oliver Knussen, and Der langwierige Weg in die Wohnung der Natascha Ungeheuer by Hans Werner Henze.

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Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and fugue (BWV.849) in C sharp minor
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Prelude and fugue (BWV.849) in C sharp minor
Julius Eastman
Eight Songs for a Mad King - the first song
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Eight Songs for a Mad King - the first song
Peter Maxwell Davies
8 Songs for a mad king
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8 Songs for a mad king
Peter Maxwell Davies
Pavan Z 750
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Pavan Z 750
Peter Maxwell Davies
Pavan Z 748
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Pavan Z 748
Peter Maxwell Davies
Taverner, Points and Dances Act 2
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Taverner, Points and Dances Act 2
Peter Maxwell Davies
Tenebrae Super Gesualdo Op.54b
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Tenebrae Super Gesualdo Op.54b
Johann Sebastian Bach
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor BWV.848 arr Maxwell Davies
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Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor BWV.848 arr Maxwell Davies
Peter Maxwell Davies
Lento; Allegro (3rd movement of Image, Reflection, Shadow, Op.105)
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Lento; Allegro (3rd movement of Image, Reflection, Shadow, Op.105)
Peter Maxwell Davies
The Lady-in-Waithing & To be Sung on Water (8 Songs for a Mad King)
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The Lady-in-Waithing & To be Sung on Water (8 Songs for a Mad King)
Henry Purcell
Pavan in B flat major Z.750
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Pavan in B flat major Z.750
Peter Maxwell Davies
Fantastia and Two Pavans; Pavan in A (after Purcell's Pavan Z.748)
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Fantastia and Two Pavans; Pavan in A (after Purcell's Pavan Z.748)
The Fires of London
Ave maris stella
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Ave maris stella
The Fires of London
Eight Songs For A Mad King
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Eight Songs For A Mad King
The Fires of London
Purcell Pavan No. 1
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Purcell Pavan No. 1
Peter Maxwell Davies
Antechrist
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Antechrist
Henry Purcell
Fantasia on a Ground (arranged Maxwell Davies)
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Fantasia on a Ground (arranged Maxwell Davies)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1983: Prom 16
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Royal Albert Hall
1983-08-07T08:14:51
7
Aug
1983

Proms 1983: Prom 16

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1980: Prom 02
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ecbgwh
Royal Albert Hall
1980-07-19T08:14:51
19
Jul
1980

Proms 1980: Prom 02

Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1977: Prom 05
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e2xp6q
Round House, The
1977-07-25T08:14:51
25
Jul
1977

Proms 1977: Prom 05

Round House, The
Proms 1976: Prom 10
https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ec5q9r
Round House, The
1976-07-26T08:14:51
26
Jul
1976

Proms 1976: Prom 10

Round House, The
Proms 1974: Prom 40
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Royal Albert Hall
1974-08-29T08:14:51
29
Aug
1974

Proms 1974: Prom 40

Royal Albert Hall

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