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The theme of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016-2017 is

R EVOLUTION You can enjoy a wide range of music including works by five composers who that shook the music work... Beethoven, Bach, Berlioz, Stravinsky and The Beatles! They are all musical revolutionaries in their own right, who struck hard at their own musical era and dragged it into new and existing places.

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The season began with Beethoven, with the Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko performing all of Beethoven’s nine symphonies to capacity audiences and great acclaim.

AAAAA ‘What new is there to say about Beethoven’s nine symphonies? What can be fresh is the way we play them and hear them. Highly unusual to be presented with the first three symphonies end to end; But live, in concert, there is the gradual build-up of atmosphere. Petrenko never fails to highlight the main themes among the mass of material available: the ultimate ability to organise so much contrast into a unified whole.’ AAAAA Review for Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3

‘Vasily Petrenko brought fire and precision to Beethoven’s Ninth (part of) -a seasonstarting cycle to treasure. His Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra played throughout with a fierce concentration that spoke of total rapport.’ AAAA Review of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

‘How did Vasily Petrenko’s 11th season with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic begin? With rolling thunder from the orchestra’s new acquisition, a set of baroque timpani. The orchestra’s timpanist, Graham Johns, soon stretched his muscles, puncturing the air during Beethoven’s first three symphonies — the start of a complete cycle in four chronological instalments spread over ten days. “Enjoy the revolution,” Petrenko said before lifting his baton for the Eroica. I did, and I will.’ AAAA Review for Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, 3

‘Beethoven, Berlioz and the Beatles are the big hitters in Liverpool Philharmonic’s new season. So far it’s been Beethoven who has taken centre stage. If some audience members at Hope Street had a Ludwig loyalty card, they’d be within sight of a full house and a free symphony. Those who are dipping in to the series needn’t feel that they’re missing out, due firstly to the composer’s symphonies all speaking for themselves. ‘ AAAAA Review of Beethoven’s Pastoral

‘It’s 10 years since Vasily Petrenko took up the baton as chief conductor of the orchestra and much has changed in that decade, not least the edgily confident way in which Petrenko and the orchestra explore the repertoire…to see a packed house leap to its feet almost as one at the end of the work is, indeed, unusual. It’s not difficult to see why.’ Review of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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Front cover - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko at the BBC Proms 2016. Thanks to Gail Wroth for photographs of Cream Classics.

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VASILY PETRENKO AND THE ROYAL LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Celebrate their 10-Year Musical Partnership On 7 July, a special concert celebrated Vasily Petrenko’s ten years at the helm of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the internationally acclaimed musical partnership that they have forged together in concerts, recordings and broadcasts. And it was also the Maestro’s 40th birthday!

The concert programme touched on musical highlights of their partnership so far, featuring Elgar’s In the South, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 with Truls Mørk and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3. At the end of the concert, Vasily was joined on stage by his family, accompanied by a rousing rendition played by the Orchestra of Happy Birthday! Vasily said: ‘It’s been a hugely enjoyable ten years for me in the great city of Liverpool with our fantastic musicians, audiences and supporters.’

‘…a fittingly fine evening, full of drama and some sumptuous melodies, a smile-provoking cascade of sound!’ AAAAA Review

Playing for Liverpool… On Tour French star pianist Alexandre Tharaud plays the blockbuster Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in two thrilling concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko in Liverpool (20 & 23 October). They‘ll perform together again in an allRachmaninov programme on 26 November at the brand new Philharmonie concert hall in Paris. The Orchestra and Tharaud’s new recording of the Rach 2, along with other works by the composer goes on release on 21 October (Warner).

The charismatic cellist Kian Soltani plays Elgar’s hugely popular Cello Concerto in Liverpool with Petrenko and the Orchestra (24 November). They’ll make a four-concert date tour to Italy and Slovenia in February in concerts that include the Elgar, with Britten’s Four Sea Interludes and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances.

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A Celebration!

Classic FM with whom Liverpool Philharmonic has enjoyed an award-winning partnership with the UK’s biggest classical music brand since 2001, marked the Orchestra and Petrenko’s 10-year anniversary throughout the 7 July with a selection of their recordings made together since 2006; followed by a week of concerts and recordings broadcasts on the station’s The Full Works, presented Jane Jones and Catherine Bott.

‘The hall’s acoustic blushed in all the right places: tuttis were terrifying, horns and brass burnished and percussion (significantly bass drum and timpani) thrilling but not booming. A standing ovation was given by a rapturous full house: lasting the best part of five minutes, it was most warmly deserved and a sign that, a decade on, Liverpool's affection for their adopted Russian son shows no sign of abating.’

AAAAA Review of The Rite of Spring – the concluding concert in the Orchestra’s 201516 concert season. Catherine Bott & Jane Jones

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... at the BBC Proms

To be part of the world’s biggest classical music festival is always a special occasion and reviews were fantastic for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s BBC Prom under the baton of our Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko, their fifth appearance together there since 2008. Prom 53 included the world premiere of Liverpoolborn composer Emily Howard’s Torus: Concerto for Orchestra, which can be heard again in Liverpool on 19 January and signature Russian repertoire for which together, Petrenko and Liverpool Philharmonic have achieved international critical acclaim for their interpretations; Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 for which the 25-year old

Russian cellist Alexey Stadler stepped in on the day to replace Truls Mørk who withdrew due to illness, and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3. ‘Liverpool Philharmonic shone under Petrenko’s baton in an account of Rachmaninov’s Third Symphony that displayed its blend of glamour and nostalgia.’


‘Ravishing night of Russian greats and young artists’

‘Dazzling mix of styles from Petrenko and Liverpool Philharmonic.’


PLAYING FOR LIVERPOOL... Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Liverpool International Music Festival

‘... how wonderful it was (Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 3) with soulful melodies, sleights of hand from Petrenko and sudden bursts of light from the orchestra.’


‘They came, they saw, they most definitely conquered… the Royal Albert Hall is a big stage, and Liverpool Philharmonic owned it.’


Liverpool’s impressive backcatalogue of hits took centre-stage at the fourth Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF), performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe. Showcasing many of the defining songs that came from the City and impacted the world, the Orchestra’s set list included music from John Lennon to Frankie Goes to Hollywood to Cilla Black and everything inbetween. Liverpool Philharmonic Youth

Company and LIMF Academy joined forces for the first time to showcase their work across music genres and performance styles.

‘The Orchestra was as you’d expect superb. With blush springs and crisp, punchy brass they devoured every note of the music put in front of them, conducted by Richard Balcombe.’

AAAA Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company perform at Liverpool International Music Festival

… at Liverpool International Music Festival

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In a first collaboration with Liverpool’s iconic club Cream, this unique concert, a first for the city, saw a night of Cream’s classic dance music anthems from the last two decades as they’d never been heard before, performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and guest vocalists in the stunning setting of Liverpool Cathedral.

Sandra Parr, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Artistic Planning Director said: “We’ve worked with many of Liverpool’s great artists from across every style of music, though this was the first time we’ve worked with Liverpool’s international club brand. The magnificent setting of Liverpool Cathedral, the fantastic sound of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra along with the essential Cream club mix provided a memorable night of great music in the city.”

‘….the (Cathedral )nave turned into a giant dance floor, with the music from the DJ’s decks, from live vocalists – and a 60strong Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.’


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Liverpool Philharmonic Welcomes New Players to the Orchestra With the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra playing to critical and audience acclaim, and its 2016-2017 concert season underway, Liverpool Philharmonic has appointed five exceptional musicians to key positions in the Orchestra; Gwendolyn Fisher and Alex Mitchell as Joint Associate Principal Violas, Elizabeth McNulty, Principal Harp and Frances Evans and Lukas Hank as section players, second violins.

Clockwise from top: Gwendolyn Fisher Alex Mitchell Elizabeth McNulty Frances Evans Lukas Hank

Congratulations …

To Hilary Browning cello and Rhys Owens principal trumpet who are marking 25 years as musicians with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. They are now honorary members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.

Congratulations …

To Margaret Smith who has celebrated 50 years singing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir; and Neil Carver, who celebrated 25 years singing with the Choir and becomes an Honorary Member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. Their achievements were marked at the Choir’s Annual General Meeting during the summer when Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive, Michael Eakin presented Margaret, who is already an Honorary Member, with a bouquet and Neil with a framed certificate acknowledging his 25 years’ service to the Choir.

Liverpool Philharmonic welcomes to our administration team… Katherine Easterby Development Assistant Helen Grey House Manager Lily Hagan Marketing Assistant Ashley Harding Systems Administrator Rosie Hyde Learning Projects Coordinator Celia Makin-Bell Head of Learning (Celia has been providing maternity cover in this role for the past year) Siubhan Macauley Operations Intern Barbara Owens Head of Operations Jessica Riches Orchestra Coordinator Zoë Thirsk Corporate Partnerships Manager

Thank you …

To the late Roz Kelly, a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir for 4 years. Roz who passed away in July 2015, left a legacy gift in her will to support Liverpool Philharmonic, a wonderful memorial to Roz’s life-long love of music.

We are equally grateful to Roz’s sister, Charlotte who has adopted Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Chorusmaster, Ian Tracey in memory of Roz.

Sian Waller Special Projects Planner (Orchestra & Ensembles) Austin Wilde Development Manager

And welcome to … Hannah Davies, James Graves, Catherine Henthorn, Eva Sharkey and Andrea Worthington who have recently joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

Our thanks and best wishes for the future to all who have recently left Liverpool Philharmonic.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir’s Hope and Passion concert (12 April), conducted by Sir John Rutter and featuring his moving Requiem and the first Liverpool performance of his The Gift of Life will be performed in memory of Roz Kelly.

For more information about supporting Liverpool Philharmonic including legacy gifts and adopting our musicians, please email or call 0151 210 2921.

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MUSIC ROOM IS 1! Award for Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool Philharmonic was awarded the Entertainment Venue of the Year Award in the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards winning against stiff competition in a shortlist that included Sefton Park Palm House, St. Helens Theatre Royal and Circo.

Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room opened on 9 October 2015, as part of the £14.5million refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Since opening, Music Room has quickly become a central part of Liverpool’s musical life. By the venue’s first anniversary this year the venue will have presented a wide ranging programme of more than 160 events including folk, roots, jazz classical and contemporary music, comedy and spoken word, workshops, tours and corporate events.

Connie Lush Band

John Bramwell from I am Kloot

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‘We love the Phil’s Music Room, one of our favourite new spaces in the city, one of those smart interventions that makes you think, what took us so long? A place to discover really new music….you can be exposed to more genuinely thrilling new musical experiences here than an entire month’s worth of 6Music playlists. Honestly, do yourself a favour.’

See page 21 for details of a great Autumn season.

Music Room

Tom Robinson Band


Emily Howard Magnetite Featuring performances of Magnetite, Mesmerism and Solar by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Gourlay conductor (NMC) ‘….delicate, detailed and rigorous.’

Elgar Symphony No.1, Cockaigne Overture Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko conductor (Onyx) ‘The Royal Liverpoolpudlians have this music in their blood of course, but they respond to Petrenko’s youthful impetus with playing of the highest order.’

Tchaikovsky Symphonies 1, 2 and 5 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko conductor (Onyx)

Vaughan Williams A London Symphony, Symphony No.8 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Andrew Manze conductor (Onyx) ‘Manze and the Liverpool players offer not only the immaculate tuning and ensemble taken for granted nowadays from this orchestra, but also expressive and atmospheric playing such as has rarely been heard in Vaughan Williams since Adrian Boult’s heyday, all recorded in warm yet naturally detailed sound … A very special recording.’ PERFORMANCE ***** RECORDING *****

James Horner Collage The Last Work

Music by the late Oscar-winning composer, including two world premiere recordings by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, some of his mostloved film music and performances featuring Norwegian siblings Mari and Håkon Samuelsen (Decca Classics)

L to R: Vasily Petrenko, James Horner, Mari and Håkon Samuelsen

‘Petrenko’s Tchaikovsky is authentically Russian… fine quality of the Liverpool players in all sections of the orchestra, these are splendidly vivid performances.’

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IN HARMONY LIVERPOOL Happy 8th Birthday!

Young musicians of In Harmony Liverpool took to the stage at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall alongside musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the now annual concert celebrating Liverpool Philharmonic’s ground-breaking project in Everton and the success and musical achievements of our young musicians. A close to capacity audience for the concert included families and representatives from Everton, and schoolchildren from schools in Liverpool and across the North West and invited guests.

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One of six national In Harmony programmes, In Harmony Liverpool was established in 2009 at Faith Primary School in Everton. From initially working with 84 children in its first year, In Harmony Liverpool now has a weekly reach to 720 children aged 0-18 and their families in 2016, all taking part in orchestral music-making of the highest quality every week, free of charge, in and out of school.

Whilst the Labour Party Conference was in Liverpool during September, Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP and Steve Rotheram MP visited In Harmony Liverpool at Faith Primary in Everton. They enjoyed a short performance by Year 6 pupils before having a go at playing in the orchestra themselves, coached by tenyear-olds Jessica Kelly (violin) and Billy Melia (cello).

Culture Secretary maiden speech from Liverpool Philharmonic

The newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP delivered her maiden speech from Music Room at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 9 August.

Liverpool for praise, describing it as ‘a gift beyond measure. That is only possible thanks to expert tuition. You can’t get better than the Liverpool

Philharmonic and their teachers and musicians have made a huge difference.’

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The Culture Secretary said: ‘Liverpool – and the UK punches way above its weight for Culture, Media and Sport’ and that it was ‘a privilege to be here at the Philharmonic.’

She emphasised that culture should be available to everyone, singling out Liverpool Philharmonic’s In Harmony

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for In Harmony Liverpool

Liverpool Philharmonic has been awarded a total of £329,000 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further expand our transformative In Harmony Liverpool programme in Everton from its current reach of over 720 young people aged 0-18 to 1,000 by 2020. Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s new commitment builds on their previous investment for In Harmony Liverpool between 2012-2015 with the Foundation now a major investor in the programme, alongside Arts Council England and the Department for Education.

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Schools’ Concerts have been performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since the 1940s. Now an annual series, this year Liverpool Philharmonic welcomed more than

18,500 children from across the North West for 10 Schools’ Concerts for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 pupils

Thank you …

To more than 500 individuals who made a donation to Liverpool Philharmonic’s Love Music: From the First Note campaign. Over £120,000

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Concerts are devised and presented by our family concerts presenter Alasdair Malloy; with popular author and CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell, collaborating and presenting Key Stage 1 concerts. The concerts are designed, through carefully chosen works to provide an inspirational introduction to classical music linked to the wider National Curriculum; and Liverpool Philharmonic provides teaching resources before the concerts and follow-up resources once schools have attended.

was raised which helped support the attendance of children to one of Liverpool Philharmonic Schools’ Concerts during 2016; as well as supporting other parts of our learning programme including our Youth Ensembles and In Harmony Liverpool.

For further information on booking tickets for Liverpool Philharmonic Schools Concerts 2017, visit


Aiming to open up the world of music to talented young people in our youth ensembles, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company provides a wide range of exciting experiences led by industry professionals to enable our young musicians to develop a broad portfolio of creative, performance and leadership skills that reflect the industry we work in. This year, Youth Company members have benefitted from working with composition mentors and musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and in concerts as members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir. They have also taken part in masterclasses, Big Band and new music workshops, chamber ensembles, supported concert visits and an industry day showcasing careers in the music industry.

22-year-old Richard Williams is the winner of our second annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize in association with The Rushworth Foundation.

Richard will be able to develop his composition talent, access mentoring and guidance from leading artists and music industry professionals associated with Liverpool Philharmonic, and write a new work for performance by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians which will be premiered in autumn 2017. He receives a cash prize of £1,000 thanks to the support, for a second year, of the Lancashire Sinfonietta Legacy Fund and The Rushworth Foundation and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) has provided a year’s complimentary membership.

24-year-old Bethan MorganWilliams, winner of the first annual Christopher Brooks Composition Prize, will see her new work, Mirages of Pisa premiered in concert by Ensemble 10/10, Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group, on Wednesday, 28 October in Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall Concert Room.

In an associated project, four members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company have been selected for support through the second Rushworth Young Composers Scheme for 14-18-year-olds which will enable them to discover their creative and musical voice outside of school or exam based environment. Yasmin Al-Zuhairi (aged 14), sings in Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and is a cellist in the Youth Orchestra; Joshua Quinlan (aged 16) plays clarinet in the Youth Orchestra and Bethany Jackson (aged 15) sings in the Youth Choir. They will have access to mentoring and master classes from professional composers and musicians; and have their work performed by young musicians in the Music Room.

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S Vasily Petrenko and members of Liverpool Philharmonic’s musicians and administration supported Mersey Care’s The Big Brew campaign

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Musician in Residence programme with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust brings live music performance and practical music-making sessions to aid the recovery of adults of all ages suffering from mental illness, including individuals with conditions such as brain injuries, dementia, learning disabilities and substance abuse.

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The programme has been running for more than eight years, expanding from two sites to now working across eighteen Mersey Care sites with local and secure services, and a growing community-based programme. In 2015/16 our team, including musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, delivered sessions to

2,282 services users within inpatient and community settings, across a wide geographical area of the Liverpool city region, with the programme benefiting more than 10,000 service users since 2008.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra viola player Rachel Jones is one of our eight lead musicians on the Musician in Residence programme and has been working with service users for five years.

Highlighting the importance of speaking out about mental illness, Liverpool Philharmonic was delighted to support this year’s The Big Brew campaign, created by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Says Rachel: ‘One of the most memorable sessions I’ve had was working with someone who has been in and out of (Mersey Care) services for close to 40 years. I had gone to the session with another member of our Orchestra, and we ended up playing a Beatles song. This

guy had decided he wanted to sing, he began to cry and he got quite emotional. It turned out the song had been played at his mum’s funeral but this inner emotion had never come out. He talked to me about the effect the music had on him and how it had helped him overcome his inner feelings of tension. He has been clean of substance abuse for three years now and is convinced that it’s down to whatever happened in that moment. I don’t think it gets much better than that.’

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The annual campaign aims to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness, harnessing the power of a cuppa to bring people together and to take time out with a friend, colleague or relative to see how the other person is coping.

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Leading international law firm Hill Dickinson has agreed a three-year extension to their long-standing sponsorship deal with Liverpool Philharmonic which recognises the international commercial law firm as Premier Sponsor. The new sponsorship agreement, the first of its kind for Liverpool Philharmonic, commences with the start of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016/2017 season in September

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HILL DICKINSON EXTENDS SPONSORSHIP ROLE during which Hill Dickinson will sponsor three concerts, New World (1 December), Russian Superstars (2 February 2017) and Symphonie Fanstastique! (6 April 2017). The firm will also provide additional financial support towards a report on Liverpool Philharmonic’s Musician in Residence programme with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

W L to R: David Owen, Investec Wealth & Investment Senior Investment Director, Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic Chief Executive, Vasily Petrenko, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chief Conductor, and Jon Seal, Investec Wealth & Investment Chartered Wealth Manager

T David Wareing, Partner with Hill Dickinson and Vasily Petrenko and with Hill Dickinson clients.

And in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2016/17 season, thank you…

To our Principal Partners Investec Wealth & Investment and LJMU who will continue to sponsor the Henry E Rensburg and Saturday Series respectively.

The Rushworth Foundation will sponsor The Dream Team Returns (25 & 26 May 2017); and David M Robinson Jewellery will be supporting the Spirit of Christmas concerts again this year (17-23 December). Weightmans will sponsor Big Band Wonderland (10 & 13 December) and Maestro! Tour Management is sponsoring Lunchtime Concerts in Music Room.

S Michael Eakin, Chief Executive; Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU ViceChancellor and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chairman: Sir Brian Leveson, LJMU Chancellor and members of the University’s Student Opportunities Team

Liverpool Philharmonic is grateful for their continuing support and that of all our partners.

The Rushworth Foundation


Enjoy a delicious pre-show meal in the elegant setting of our Grand Foyer. Book online at and save £1, or call 0151 709 3789 to make a reservation.

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WHAT’S ON at Liverpool Philharmonic




Tuesday 8 November 8pm – Wednesday 9 November 8pm –

plus special guests Friday 4 November 7.30pm –

Van Morrison releases his brand new album ‘Keep Me Singing’ on September 30. These dates at Liverpool Philharmonic are two of just seven live shows across the UK.

Homecoming show for the soulful Liverpool singer.



THE SAW DOCTORS Wednesday 30 November 7.30pm –

Acclaimed Irish rock band return after a three-year break from playing live

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KRAFTWERK 3-D Sunday 11 June 2017 7.30pm –

Electro pioneers Kraftwerk perform their critically acclaimed live show. Bringing together music and performance art, Kraftwerk 3-D concerts are a true "Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art.”

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MUSIC ROOM Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Africa Oyé & Mellowtone Sponsored by

STEVE FORBERT Saturday 5 November

PIERRE BENSUSAN Wednesday 9 November




Friday 11 November



Monday 14 & 21 November



KRISTIN HERSH Saturday 19 November

MICHAEL CHAPMAN Sunday 20 November


Saturday 3 December



A DATE AD DED Friday 9 December Saturday 10 December SOLD OUT

Lunchtime Concert



Monday 12 December

BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST Thursday 15 December

ANDY MCKEE Friday 16 December


Tuesday 22 November

Monday 19 December

Seafoam Green & Mellowtone


THE LAST WALTZ Friday 25 November

Saturday 31 December

SHEELANAGIG Sunday 27 November

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Spirit of Christmas Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Tuesday 20, Thursday 22 & Friday 23 December 7.30pm

Liverpool Philharmonic’s longestablished Carol Concerts are an unmissable part of Christmas on Hope Street. – John Suchet presenter Ian Tracey conductor Ksenija Sidorova accordian Simon Emery artistic director, youth ensembles Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Get into the Spirit of Christmas with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Big Band Wonderland Saturday 10 December & Tuesday 13 December 7.30pm

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in a concert filled with seasonal standards with star vocalist Gary Williams.

Handel Messiah Saturday 7 January 7pm (please note start time)

Frank Markowitsch conductor Ruby Hughes soprano Claudia Huckle alto Thomas Walker tenor Neal Davies bass Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Perfect for all the Family... Michael Seal presenter Alasdair Malloy conductor Melody Makers Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir

Concerts are approximately an hour long, and are designed with children in mind with lots of tunes that you'll be familiar with. So come along and join in with the fun.

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Singer Joe Stilgoe performs Hollywood classics as we ring in the New Year.

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Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 December 11.30am & 2.30pm; Thursday 22 December 2.30pm

Saturday 31 December 7.30pm

Sing-Along with Santa

Bring in the New Year

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Film with Live Orchestra U Monday 2 January 2pm & 7pm (please note start times)

John Williams’ spectacular score performed by the Orchestra alongside a film showing of this family classic. A Steven Spielberg Film / A Universal Picture / TM & © Universal Studios



Roger McGough presenter

Wednesday 31 May, Saturday 3 June, Saturday 8 July 7.30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall EXTRA DATE


Thursday 1 June, Royal Albert Hall | Tuesday 6 June, Birmingham Symphony Hall Tuesday 29 June, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

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WEDDINGS, PARTIES, MEETINGS, RECEPTIONS & CONFERENCES From the Art Deco splendour of the Grand Foyer to the ultra-contemporary Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic has the perfect space for any occasion.

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