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What’s on at Liverpool Philharmonic

Featuring Alison Krauss Dionne Warwick The Unthanks Marc Almond

April – September 2012 Box Office liverpoolphil.com 0151 709 3789


Contents Contemporary Music Pages 01 – 19 After 8 Pages 15 – 19 Family and Variety Pages 20 – 22 Learning Pages 23 – 25 Classical Music Pages 26 – 37 Summer Pops Pages 34 – 37 Film Pages 38 – 40 Comedy Pages 41 – 42 Venue Information Pages 44 – 47 Diary & Booking Page 56

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Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music Image Live In Concert Tony Christie Page 04

The Very Best of

Gilbert O’Sullivan Thursday 5 April 7.30pm £20, £25, £31

Kailash Kher With his band Kailasa Friday 6 April 7.30pm £20, £25, £30, £35, £45, £55

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This ‘Very Best of’ concert showcases O’Sullivan’s tremendous musical abilities and all his hits from the early 70s right through to 2012. Joined on stage by his amazing eleven piece band and a string quartet, he presents a two hour performance to coincide with the release of The Very Best of Gilbert O’Sullivan. The album includes his biggest hits including Nothing Rhymed, Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Why, Oh Why, Oh Why. Kher is a revered singer, lyricist and composer from India who is a household name across the sub‐continent. In Bollywood Kher’s voice is now instantly recognisable after super hit songs like Allah Ke Bandey, Tu Jaane Na, Ya Rabbaand Chak De Phattay. He formed his band Kailasa with brothers Paresh and Naresh Kamath in 2004. Together, they perform their popular songs, Teri Deewani, Dilruba, Jhoome Re, Saiyyan, Piya Ghar Aavenge, along with new tracks from their upcoming album Rangeele, some Nusrat favourites like Ishq ka Rutba and Sanu Ek Pal Chain Na Ave and his Bollywood hits.

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Christy Moore With Declan Sinnott Saturday 7 April 8pm £30, £32.50, £37.50

Up Close and Personal — The Final Tour

The Osmonds Tuesday 10 April 7.30pm £27.50, £29.50, £35.50, £95

Tinariwen

Folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist Christy Moore is as relevant to today’s contemporary music scene as he ever has been. 2010 saw him win Best Male at Ireland’s prestigious Meteor Music Awards. While 2011 saw him take the stage with Coldplay in front of 80,000 at Oxygen Festival and the release a new album, Folk Tale. Moore looks set to continue his reign as the king of Irish roots music, with a career both as a solo musician and with Planxty and Moving Hearts - that has spanned over four decades. He is accompanied by his long-term producer, collaborator and friend, Declan Sinnott.

For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining the world. This final tour will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits - from classics such as Down By The Lazy River, Let Me In and Love Me For A Reason to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool – the 1972 number one from Jimmy, who has more recently appeared in the West End in Grease and Chicago.

Legend has it that Tinariwen, the Touareg collective of former guerrilla fighters from remote South Sahara, Wednesday 11 April 7.30pm traded their machine guns for electric guitars when £18.50, £24.50 they heard the music of Jimi Hendrix in the training camps of Colonel Gaddafi. Twice BBC World Music ‘A brilliant live band who Award nominees and winners of a 2012 Grammy have deservedly built up Award they have built an international following an international following for their infectious, pounding with high-profile fans such as Robert Plant, Santana, fusion of desert blues and the Damon Albarn and Thom Yorke. styles of the nomadic Tuareg people of the Sahara’ The Guardian


Contemporary Music

WOW — A celebration of the Music, Lyrics & Dance of Kate Bush Thursday 12 April 7.30pm £15, £21 ‘I’ve craved for my own troupe of Gypsies, my own show, the chance to take a trip with you’ Kate Bush, 1979

The Hollies — 50 Years On Friday 13 April 7.30pm £23, £29

Halfway to Paradise

The Billy Fury Story Tuesday 17 April 7.30pm £19.50, £25.50 ‘A precise and accurate time machine - A great 60s night out’ The Stage

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Since the release of her debut album The Kick Inside in 1978, Kate Bush has toured just the once, performing 25 shows across the UK and Europe in 1979. Despite this fact Bush’s albums are still as popular today as they were upon release; indeed her new album of 2011, 50 Words for Snow, went straight into the top ten of the album charts. This show sees the introduction of the talented Maaike Breijman who will astound all as she sings Kate Bush’s greatest songs and recreates many of the dance routines performed by Kate Bush on stage and in video. Maaike is backed by a band of top musicians and dancers under a production designed by the team that brought you Lord of the Dance.

Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Hollies helped shape the world of pop and rock as we know it today. No support act is needed as they perform their classics - The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Just One Look, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother and much more from their 50 year career. This show will sell out quickly.

A shy, young Ronnie Wycherley from Liverpool became one of Britain’s best loved rock stars. On what would have been his 72nd birthday join Billy’s original band Fury’s Tornados as they perform his timeless twenty nine hit records - Last Night Was Made For Love, Wondrous Place, I Will, Jealousy, Halfway To Paradise and many more. Add the beautiful voice of Colin Gold set to a giant moving nostalgic backdrop of this magical era and personal film footage of Billy and the band playing live and you have a night blessed by heaven.

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Ian Anderson Wednesday 18 April 7.30pm £25.50, £28.50, £34.50

Don Williams Tuesday 24 April 7.30pm £31, £35, £45

Live In Concert

Tony Christie Friday 27 April 7.30pm £22.50, £25, £31

10cc

Live In Concert Saturday 5 May 7.30pm £26, £28, £32

Ian Anderson is known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull. He is widely recognised as the man who introduced the flute to rock music. This year is the 40th anniversary of his Jethro Tull album Thick As A Brick. The first half of the show will consist of the original Thick As A Brick album in its entirety, while the second half is a set of his new work with plenty of Jethro Tull hits thrown in for good measure. After a gap of six years, the American country singer, songwriter and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame returns to the UK. In this show Williams will perform many of the songs that have made him a household name, and that all his fans know and love, including the hits I Believe In You, My Best Friend, Good Ole Boys Like Me, Tulsa Time and many more. Williams has just recorded an album of new material that will be released to tie in with this live appearance. Christie has had an illustrious career spanning 40 years. He has sold over 10 million records including the hits I Did What I Did For Maria, Is This the Way to Amarillo and Avenues and Alleyways. His recent chart successes include Sweet September, the Jarvis Cocker song Walk Like a Panther and the Comic Relief version of Is This the Way to Amarillo which became the biggest selling No1 single of 2005. Last year Christie released another charity single, Steal The Sun, with all proceeds going to Afghan Heroes, a charity supporting the British Forces in Afghanistan. 10cc made some of the greatest hits of the 70s and are now one of the most exciting live bands of that era currently performing, selling out Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for their concert last year. Catch up with Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Mick Wilson and Mike Stevens celebrating 40 years in the business as they perform their greatest hits including Rubber Bullets, I’m Not In Love, The Dean And I and The Wall Street Shuffle and many more.


Contemporary Music

The Ladies Of Country Thursday 10 May 7.30pm £19.50, £22.50, £28.50 Featuring: Lynn Anderson Jeannie C Riley Sandy Kelly Ann Williamson Sarah Jory

In Concert

Ramin Friday 11 May 7.30pm £27.50, £37.50, £43.50

Writing on the Wall Festival

Black By Design with Pauline Black Friday 18 May 8pm Rodewald Suite £10 Book Now at liverpoolphil.com

This heart-warming show brings together five of country music’s leading ladies. Lynn Anderson performs her hit songs including (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden. Anderson has won virtually every award in country including the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, the Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year (twice), the American Music Award for Favourite Female Vocalist, Billboard’s Artist of the Decade and a Grammy Award. This remarkable show also features 60s icon Jeannie C Riley who is celebrated for her worldwide No. 1 hit Harper Valley PTA. Ireland’s Sandy Kelly, one of Scotland’s finest country singers, Ann Williamson, and joining them on stage is the British Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year for nine consecutive years, Sarah Jory, and her band. It’s a fabulous line up that promises to be an extraordinary night. Leading West End artist Ramin Karimloo received global acclaim starring in The Phantom of the Opera 25th anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall which was broadcast around the world. Ramin In Concert sees him perform, with a live band, a varied programme of stunning new songs from his album alongside some much loved West End favourites including: Music of the Night from The Phantom of the Opera, ‘Til I Hear You Sing from Love Never Dies, Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific and Bring Him Home from Les Misérables. Pauline Black, lead-singer of Two-Tone Ska legends The Selecter (On My Radio, Too Much Pressure) and award-winning solo artist, actor and broadcaster, steps lightly into Liverpool to join Writing on the Wall for an intimate evening of readings from her 2011 memoir, Black By Design, and an acoustic set of some of her favourite Selecter and solo classics. A unique event with the UK’s leading lady of Ska.

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The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny In the years since her tragic early death, folk icon Sandy Denny has emerged as one of the UK’s greatest singer-songwriters. This special show celebrates Featuring: her legacy as a new generation are beginning to Members of Bellowhead plus understand her significance. Artists such as Laura Maddy Prior, P.P. Arnold, Joan Wasser (As Policewoman) Marling, Joanna Newsom and Florence Welch are Jerry Donahue (Fotheringay/ likened to Denny or cite her as an influence. Fairport Convention), In a short 13 year career Sandy Denny left behind Dave Swarbrick, Thea Gilmore, an extensive legacy that has seen her reputation Sam Carter, Lavinia Blackwall (Trembling Bells), Blair Dunlop grow and grow. All her recordings have now been comprehensively reissued culminating in a 19 CD (The Albion Band) and Green Gartside (ex Scritti Politti). boxset and an acclaimed album of new songs discovered in her archive and completed by Thea Gilmore entitled Don’t Stop Singing. Saturday 19 May 7.30pm £19, £21, £27

For the first time Denny’s entire musical legacy is showcased live in this adventurous concert bringing together her work with Fairport Convention, Fotheringay, her solo career and the new songs completed by Thea Gilmore. Gilmore joins a unique line up of artists, including some of Denny’s former colleagues and friends, together with members of Bellowhead who form a ‘super group’ to create this unique, homage to the artist described by Richard Thompson as ‘the greatest British female artist of her generation’.


Contemporary Music

The Imagined Village Friday 25 May 7.30pm £19.50, £25.50

One of the most unusual collaborations of the past decade, we initially welcomed The Imagined Village to Liverpool Philharmonic back in 2007 in one of Featuring: their first ever performances. This unique project Andy Gangadeen & Simon has successfully updated the sound of modern English Richmond (The Bays), folk and has produced two critically acclaimed and Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Jackie Oates, Simon Emmerson commercially successful albums. Now there is a third instalment. & Johnny Kalsi (Afro Celt Sound System), Ali Friend The band have appeared on BBC Two’s Later…With (Clayhill/Red Snapper), Jools, won out at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Sheema Mukherjee made a triumphant return to Liverpool Philharmonic (Transglobal Underground), Barney Morse Brown (Duotone). in 2010. If they had initially developed as a loose collective of singers and musicians, the band has subsequently consolidated into a working, growing, organic group. This stability in personnel is shiningly reflected in the third album and the excitement of their live shows which go from strength to strength.

Keith & Kristyn Getty and Friends Special guests Stuart Townend and All Souls Choir and Orchestra Wednesday 30 May 7.30pm £12, £18, £24, £29, £35 Book Now at liverpoolphil.com

Keith and Kristyn Getty are recording artists and hymn writers originally from Belfast and now based in the United States. They are at the forefront of the modern hymn movement, Keith has co-written the hymns In Christ Alone,The Power of the Cross and By Faith. Their hymns are sung around the world and cross multiple musical genres. The duo brilliantly fuse the music of their Irish heritage with the sounds of Nashville, their newly adopted home. Their live concerts are always a joyful experience.

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Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Thursday 31 May 7.30pm £19.50, £25.50

Dionne Warwick Plus support Monday 4 June 7.30pm £28.50, £32.50, £37.50, £42.50, £75

The Chieftains Sunday 10 June 8pm £35, £37.50, £42.50

What started as a ‘bit of fun’ 25 years ago remains, at heart, just that - albeit highly polished and seriously entertaining fun of the highest order. Blending serious musical discipline with a fine sense of the absurd they’ve found the elusive common ground between Beethoven, Nirvana and Isaac Hayes: they all sound great on a ukulele. The Independent describes the show as ‘The best musical entertainment in the country... worth travelling a thousand miles to hear.’

Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and iconic voice of five-time Grammy Award-winning singer Dionne Warwick. With a career spanning 50 years, selling over 100 million records, she is a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. To celebrate 50 years in entertainment she comes to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, accompanied by her band and a 12-piece string section. The evening will include her signature songs I Say a Little Prayer, Walk On By, That’s What Friends Are For, Alfie, What the World Needs Now is Love, Then Came You and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, and much more.

The six-time Grammy Award winners and international ambassadors of traditional Irish music are back celebrating 50 definitive years. Whilst continuing to inspire, The Chieftains remain loyal to their roots and after half a century of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, they remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began. They have performed with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.


Contemporary Music

The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band Sunday 17 June 7.30pm £18.50, £24.50 ‘Haunting, original and magnificent.’ The Guardian (on The Unthanks)

A Foot In The Door World Tour 2012

Brit Floyd Monday 2 July 8pm £27.50, £33.50

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Drawing on The Unthanks’ unique interpretations of traditional song and the folk music of the northeast, this is a new commission with the National Brass Champions of Great Britain, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, regarded by many as the best public subscription band in the world. The concert features newly written pieces and arrangements of traditional material for folk and brass. Specially created by Brit Floyd musical director Damian Darlington, to celebrate the release of the brand new official Pink Floyd ‘Best Of’ album A Foot In the Door, this performance includes all of Pink Floyd’s best work as selected, personally, by the Pink Floyd band members themselves. This brand new show also includes a show-stopping rendition of Echoes, taken from the classic 1971 album Meddle. You’ll also hear the songs Hey You, See Emily Play, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall pt2, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Money, Comfortably Numb, High Hopes, Learning To Fly, The Fletcher Memorial Home, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Run Like Hell.

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Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival Alif Ensemble Sunday 15 July 7.30pm £15, £22.50 A new project presented for the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival and commissioned for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad. The outstanding oud player Khyam Allami brings together a group of musicians, from both traditional and contemporary backgrounds, from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Iraq for a beguiling blend of inspiring new acoustic and electronic music. ‘[Khyam Allami] epitomises the best of the new generation of oud players whose roots lie in the Eastern tradition but who also judiciously draw on a wider range of contemporary influences... his compositions are utterly bewitching. 5 out of 5 - Top of the World’. Songlines Magazine.


Contemporary Music

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas Saturday 14 July 7.30pm £32.50, £39.50, £45.50

Part of singer, songwriter and fiddler Alison Krauss’ incontestable talent is how effortlessly she bridges the gap between roots music, country, and rock & pop. She is possibly one of the greatest living performers in her field today having won 27 Grammy Awards, the most for any female and the third most of any artist ever. Her hauntingly delicate voice coupled with the emotive instrumentals of her band Union Station make for an incredible live experience.

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

The undisputed King of boogie-woogie Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra bring you their trademark party experience and another stunning musical performance. Making a special guest appearance is Gregory Porter, the vocal sensation who has been described by Time Out magazine as ‘the most exciting thing to happen to vocal jazz’. With long time guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall, Jools Holland performs tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his latest album Rockinghorse. The album includes unique collaborations with some of the world’s most notable singers and musicians including Booker T., Michael McDonald, Alison Moyet, Allen Toussaint and David Sanborn.

Thursday 26 July 7.30pm £37.50, £43.50 Featuring: Gilson Lavis with special guest Gregory Porter and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall

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Americana Weekend 27–28 July Lazy Lester Friday 27 July 8.30pm Rodewald Suite £15 Back when blues was king and South Louisiana was the breeding ground for some of the most memorable American music ever recorded, at the heart of it was Lazy Lester. This key figure of US blues music has been making his laid back swamp blues for over six decades. Starting out as Lightnin’ Slim’s harpist of choice, perhaps his most famous hits in his own right are I'm a Lover Not a Fighter and I Hear You Knockin. The very embodiment of the American blues tradition Lester’s voice has enriched with age and his harmonica playing has lost nothing.

Americana Night ‘The link that connects the young and the old…the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time’ The New York Times

Saturday 28 July 7.30pm £16, £22 A night of quality Bluegrass and Cajun music from a line up of special guest artists led by the four-time Grammy-nominated band Pine Leaf Boys. Hailing from southwest Louisiana, this band have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs. Playing Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco, their mission is to present the beautiful, powerful music of their ancestors to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life.


Contemporary Music

International Beatle Week A Musical Tribute to Sir Paul McCartney

They Say It’s Your Birthday

An International Beatle Week tribute to Sir Paul McCartney who celebrates his 70th birthday this year. Join Beatle Week favourites Bob Bartey and Lawrence Gilmore, as well as Wings Over Liverpool featuring Tony Coburn. The evening is compared by Stevie Riks and Wingsband.

Friday 24 August 7.30pm £20, £30

International Beatle Week A Musical Tribute to John Lennon

Live Peace in Liverpool Saturday 25 August 7.30pm £20, £30

International Beatle Week 50 years of The Beatles

50th Anniversary Concert Monday 27 August 8pm £20, £30

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John Lennon’s work, solo and with The Beatles, is highlighted by some of the world’s best Beatles performer, including Jon Keats, Mark Staycer, Working Class Hero and Gary Gibson, who makes a welcome return to Beatle Week after being away for too many years. With such a powerful line-up is sure to be a highlight of the whole International Beatle Week.

Featuring the cast of the Cavern Club Beatles and Pepperland, from Sweden, who portray the early and late Beatles years respectively.

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Marc Almond Saturday 22 September 8pm £24.50, £30.50

With Soft Cell, in partnership with Dave Ball, Almond achieved a string of international hits - biggest of all, their version of northern soul classic Tainted Love, while Memorabilia is cited as the first techno record ever. 10 million-plus worldwide record sales later, Soft Cell are a British icon, influencing generations of musicians - from Pulp, The Pet Shop Boys and Suede, to Goldfrapp and Antony & The Johnsons. This concert coincides with the release of Almond’s new greatest hits double album. On stage Almond comes alive, his songs too, whether they are synth-pop, 60s-inspired kitsch-arama, bare-naked acoustic ballads or orchestrated splendour the experience is unique.

Magic of Motown

Direct from The States, the biggest Motown concert in the UK returns, featuring 36 hits from The Supremes, Temptations, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gay, Lionel Richie. An all-new show, that original Detroit sound, amazing costumes and choreography: ain’t no mountain high enough to keep the Magic of Motown from getting to you.

Tuesday 25 September 7.30pm £25, £31


After 8

After 8 A series of select folk, roots and unplugged gigs In the intimate setting of the Rodewald Suite with caberet seating, an in-house bar and rooftop terrace. Doors 8pm image Woody Mann Page 19

Eduardo Niebla Friday 13 & Saturday 14 April 8.30pm £12

A formidable flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso, Niebla is technically superb and breathtakingly versatile. His music is intricately brilliant, passionate flamenco infused with a myriad of Eastern colours and a Gypsy-jazz edge. This is an opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best, and to see those fingers and strings right up close. ‘The king of Latin guitar, a world-class virtuoso’ Time Out

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Jim Moray

Moray’s re-imagining of English traditional music saw him awarded the unprecedented combination Wednesday 18 April 8.30pm of Best Newcomer and Best Album at the 2004 BBC £15 Radio2 Folk Awards. After notching up a live reputation with performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk ‘Along with an effortlessly Festival and WOMAD, his 2008 release, Low Culture melodic voice, Moray’s picked up fRoots’ Critics Poll and Mojo Magazine’s willingness to experiment Folk Album of the Year. He joined forces with Saul has made him one of the brightest, if most controversial, Rose (Waterson:Carthy) and William Bowerman young talents in English folk’ (La Roux) to headline summer festivals through 2009 and released his fourth album In Modern The Observer History. He also produced his sister Jackie Oates’ award-winning Hyperboreans album. Still in his twenties this acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist is at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK. This is his second After 8 appearance.

Simon Fowler plus Blue Rose Code

Monday 23 April 8.30pm £15

Andy Irvine Friday 27 & Saturday 28 April 8.30pm £12 ‘Andy Irvine is Woody Guthrie’s representative on earth’ Hot Press

Ocean Colour Scene front man Fowler marks the release of his album, Merrymouth, featuring the award winning folk musicians John McCusker and Andy Cutting. Whilst Ocean Colour Scene take most of the 2012 off to concentrate on writing for a new album Fowler has taken the opportunity to release his long awaited folk album and perform it live with his band Dan Sealey, Mike McNamara and Adam Barry.

Irvine is one of the great Irish singers. His voice is one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He is a founding member of two groundbreaking groups, Sweeney’s Men and Planxty. Both groups have inspired Irish traditional music makers for a generation. This would be achievement enough for most, but since, Irvine has created THE Irish super group Patrick Street, and the Pan-European group Mosiac. Irvine is a world music pioneer and icon for traditional music and musicians.


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John O’Connell

As co-founder of the celebrated Liverpool band Groundpig O’Connell has his name indelibly written Saturday 5 May 8.30pm into the tapestry of the city’s music scene. Born and £12 raised in Everton, his early influences were rooted ‘Absolutely stunning. Johnny in acoustic, folk and classical guitar. Grossman, Jansch, Renbourn and Carthy all inspire O’Connell is one of the most talented musicians I have come across’ and ignited his passion for music. It is these early influences that delicately resonate through his Peter Hooton, The Farm performances, where he mixes his own original songs with timeless instrumental guitar classics.

Mawkin Friday 11 May 8.30pm £12 ‘Unconditionally mighty’ MOJO Magazine

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Fresh off the back of the three-times BBC Folk Award nominated collaboration Mawkin: Causley, who we featured in the After 8 Series back in 2009, Mawkin are now forging a bold new sound that strengthens their instrumental roots and embraces a new, exuberant exploration into the traditional folk canon. Expect the mesmerising guitar playing of David Delarre, the beats of long-time producer and percussionist Lee Richardson, underpinning richly textured bass lines from Danny Crump. Add a host of wild and emotive melodies from the frenetic fiddling of James Delarre inter-playing with the bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon.

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Hannah James & Sam Sweeney

This duo first played together in the group Kerfuffle in 2002 but you might also know them from their work with Bellowhead, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings or The Demon Barber Roadshow. Their sound Wednesday 16 May 8.30pm is dominated by Sweeney’s fiddle and the sweet and £12 distinctive voice of James and her accordion. April ‘Sam is extraordinarily gifted... sees the release of their highly anticipated second A truly talented musician’ album State and Ancientry. Sometimes their live Andy Cutting show includes Hannah’s clog dancing.

Gordon Giltrap Friday 25 May 8.30pm £12 ‘A modern day master of the acoustic guitar. ‘ Guitarist Magazine

Woody Guthrie Folk Club Special Thursday 31 May 8.30pm £10

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Perhaps one of the UK’s most respected and innovative acoustic guitarists, Giltrap has worked with an amazingly broad range of artists, from rock musicians Brian May, Rick Wakeman and Midge Ure to jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor and the classical guitarist Raymond Burley. As a child he unwittingly taught himself a hybrid technique of plectrum and little finger, and in doing so, created the individual sound that is still his trademark. Trivia fans may be interested to know that at one point his tunes The Carnival and Ivor Novello Award nominated Heartsong were both being used as the theme tunes to ITV’s Wish You Were Here and BBC’s Holiday programme respectively.

Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie, gives a personal talk about her father’s life and music a hundred years since his birth. Woody Guthrie is still one of the most influential artists in music, counting Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen and a myriad of others as fans. You’ll also hear music from Alun Parry founder of the Woody Guthrie Folk Club and one of the UK’s leading political folk singer songwriters and Rich Man’s Ruin a radical folk trio who have built a fine reputation with their three-part harmonies and versions of Guthrie songs.


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Double Bill

Amelia Curran and Lizzie Nunnery Thursday 21 June 8.30pm £12 ‘One of this country’s finest singer-songwriters’ Montreal Gazette on Amelia Curran

Woody Mann Wednesday 27 June 8.30pm £12 ‘Don’t miss a chance to see him. You are unlikely to hear anything or anyone better in the fields that Mann has chosen to master’. The Times

Ian Prowse Friday 6 July 8.30pm £12 ‘Simple, unpretentious, and, dare I say it, heartwarming folky pop’ NME (on Pele, 1992)

Newfoundland-born Curran describes song-writing as an act of ‘expressing the inexpressible’; her achingly beautiful songs sneak up on you, little bits of the lyrics stick in your head. Witness her perform them live and you’ll understand why, although relatively unknown in the UK, she is making waves in Canada. Nunnery has stories to tell, and a voice that makes you listen. She released her debut album Company of Ghosts in 2010 when BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding named it in his top ten releases of the year. She also appeared in the inaugural Irish Sea Sessions at Liverpool Philharmonic and her reputation as a captivating new voice in British folk continues to grow.

Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he draws inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: ‘You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own’.

Marking the release of Does this train stop on Merseyside: The Very Best of Ian Prowse, Pele and Amsterdam, we welcome pop songsmith Ian Prowse back to the After 8 stage for what he says is one of his favourite regular fixtures. His ‘Best Of’ features duets with Elvis Costello and Christy Moore and this special acoustic gig showcases tunes spanning 1991 to 2012 and possibly some of the stories behind them.

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Family and Variety

The Cunning Little Vixen Sunday 29 April 4pm £16, £18, £22 £7 children A great concerts for older (7+) children and their families!

Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen Animated film with live orchestra Laurent Pillot conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Sharp-Ears the Vixen is the ultimate free spirit, and Janáček’s vibrant tale of life and love in the Bohemian forests is simply one of the liveliest, quirkiest and most entertaining operas ever written – a joyous fairy-tale for children from 8 to 80. This shortened, animated version captures all its magic, and with the full Orchestra playing Janáček’s enchanting score in synch with the film, it’ll never sound more gloriously alive. And just to get you into the mood for fairy stories, conductor Laurent Pillot gives us two more – which you might just recognise from Disney’s Fantasia.


Family and Variety

Family Concert

Science Fiction Classics Sunday 6 May 2.30pm £10, £15 £6 children

Alasdair Malloy presenter/soloist Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

League Of Welldoers

The League of Welldoers celebrates 110 years of benefit concerts and they would love you to join them for this special event. Top local artists will provide an afternoon of unforgettable entertainment for all the family.

A fantastic adventure as our very own Time Lord Please note this concert is most Alasdair Malloy has close encounters with out of suitable for children aged 4 - 10, this world favourites from large and small screens. but the whole family is welcome The programme includes music from Dr Who, – fidgeting is allowed! a musical tribute to Star Trek, as well as music from This concert will finish at Star Wars. Mankind’s giant leap is remembered and approximately 4pm we pay a visit to our nearest planetary neighbour with a movement from Holst’s Planets Suite. Come and Have a Go Children are invited to have Come in your best outer space gear for a truly a go on a variety of instruments intergalactic experience! Best of all – come to from 2pm prior to this concert Liverpool Philharmonic Hall from 1.30pm to meet at our instrument Petting Zoo! all your favourite Dr Who and Star Wars characters!

110 and Counting Monday 28 May 2pm £9.50 (group discounts available)

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Summer Pops 2012 Friday 22 June to Sunday 22 July Blue Coat School Musical Society present

A Celebration of Music Saturday 7 July 7.30pm £10, £12, £15

Crosby Symphony Orchestra with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Essentially English Sunday 8 July 2.30pm £14, £18

A Gala Concert in aid of Age UK Wirral with Paul Potts with special guest soprano Natasha Marsh and Orchestra Friday 21 September 7.30pm £25, £30, £35, £42

Seven evenings of fantastic music from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Highlights include The Lennon & McCartney Songbook, a celebration of the golden age of Hollywood musicals, the music of Queen and Last Night of the Summer Pops. See page 34 for details.

Simon Emery and Christine Horton conductors Sarah Zhao piano Peter Athans trumpet In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this showcase of the outstanding talents of students from The Blue Coat School will include Proms favourites such as Parry’s Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 as well as Mozart’s Piano Concerto in Dm, Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto and Zadok the Priest by Handel played by The Blue Coat School Symphony and Baroque Orchestras, Choirs, Concert and Jazz Bands and the Choral Society. Robert Sells conductor Louis Hurst bass-baritone The annual Charity concert marks the Jubilee year with this all English extravaganza. Programme includes Holst’s Somerset Rhapsody and Vaughan Williams Greensleeves Fantasia with the dramatic Belshazzar’s Feast as a climax.

Winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Potts, won over the nation’s hearts with his great talent and humble demeanour. He has gathered a legion of fans, including Jose Carreras and Hollywood movie producer Simon Franglen who brought his impressive music skills to the critically acclaimed album Cinema Paradiso, Natasha Marsh’s debut album hit the Classical music charts at number one. She has appeared as a special guest for artists including II Divo, Jose Carreras and Russell Watson.


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Public Tour of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience Tuesday 3 April 1.30pm Monday 21 May 12.30pm £15, £7 (groups or individuals living within the Liverpool City Council district), Group Discount available

Discover the Classics £15 (£10 claimants/students)

The perfect introduction to Liverpool Philharmonic, guided tours give you a chance to see behind the scenes of the unique art-deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, The experience will last about 3 hours and includes a guided tour by a Blue Badge Guide, refreshments, and an opportunity to watch the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal; 3 April includes a rehearsal with conductor Vasily Petrenko for the St Matthew Passion concert on Wednesday 4 April. 21 May includes a rehearsal with conductor Kazushi Ono for the concerts on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 May.

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed, enjoyable learning journey on Saturday mornings. You’ll discover the musical, social and historical stories behind some of the superb music and composers. William and Arthur Saturday 21 April 11am - 1pm A look at the topsy-turvy world of William (Gilbert) and Arthur (Sullivan) with a particular delve into their only opera with a serious ending – shock, horror! As well as a quick dip into Gilbert & Sullivan on film, we’ll see how Sullivan surpassed himself with his stout Yeomen.

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Boléro: A Certain ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ Saturday 19 May 11am - 1pm We dig into the Boléro and look at how it nearly never was, how the snare drummers need to work out, and how it managed to beat Bizet’s Symphony in C to a premiere.

Lunchtime Learning

Whether you are new to classical music or a regular concert goer, join composer and lecturer Ian Stephens for a daytime series of inspiring music and relaxed learning.

Series (3 events) £45 (£30 claimants, students and community groups)

All Around the Bass Lunchtime concert Thursday 3 May 12pm Virtuoso chamber music for double bass Fountains of Rome Rehearsal visit Wednesday 16 May 12pm Music of Glazunov and Respighi Ilyich Rivas Conductor Cerberus Trio Lunchtime concert Thursday 24 May 12pm Music of Beethoven and Brahms

SuperSing! Roots & World Participation fee: £50 (£25 claimants/students)

Your chance to learn and perform arrangements of music from around the world reflecting Liverpool Philharmonic’s non-classical artistic programme, including European, Arabic and African songs. Music will be taught by ear, and led by Artistic Director Saphena Aziz from Sense of Sound, the award winning Liverpool based company at the forefront of vocal coaching, education and performance. Rehearsals: Thursday 10, 17, 24, 31 May, 7 June 7 - 9pm Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary (Everton) Soundcheck: Thursday 14 June at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Concert: Saturday 16 June 4.30pm


Learning

SuperSing! Classics Tuesday 15 May 6.30pm Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary (Everton) Participation fee: £50 (£25 claimants)

Led by Ian Chesworth, choral conductor and judge from the 2009 Manchester Amateur Choral Competition, this event gives you the opportunity to learn and perform some of the greatest choruses ever written. Scores will be provided but you are not required to read music to take part. For the final performance you’ll be joined by an accompanying ensemble of musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Rehearsals: Tuesday 15, 22, 29 May, 5, 12 June 6.30-8.30pm Liverpool Philharmonic at the Friary (Everton) Soundcheck: Thursday 14 June at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Concert: Saturday 16 June 4.30pm at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Adventures In Music Friday 8 June 8-11 Years 3pm

Rodewald Suite £6 per child includes entry for 1 adult £6 additional adults Pre-booking essential

Join members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for just over an hour of listening activities, hands on musical games and boundless energy.

SuperOrchestra!

Superorchestra is your chance to rehearse and perform with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. If you are Grade 4 standard and above, you’ll perform alongside players from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Repertoire includes pieces by Gershwin and Stravinsky.

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Classical Music Image Vasily Petrenko

St Matthew Passion Vasily Petrenko conductor Andrew Staples Evangelist Iain Paterson Christus Klara Ek soprano Helena Rasker alto Ben Johnson tenor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

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Bach St Matthew Passion ED IT IT IL M B LI ILA A AV

Wednesday 4 April 7pm £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Filled with emotion, a survivor of great and terrible events tells his tale. As he sings of his friend’s betrayal and killing, the ancient tragedy comes startlingly alive. Other voices tell their stories, a great chorus becomes an angry crowd, and even the listeners become part of the unfolding drama. This is Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and it’s simply overwhelming.


Classical Music

This Sporting Life

Carl Davis CBE (Hon) conductor Jesus Leon tenor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Music inspired by sport

As the UK takes the Olympic starting block, the Orchestra prepares to go for gold! From fan favourites like Nessun Dorma, Jerusalem and We Are the Champions to TV and movie classics, including Chariots of Fire, Rocky and The Impossible Dream, it’s a line-up to have you cheering from the terraces!

Saturday 14 April 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Giovanni Sollima Spasimo Luigi Dallapiccola Piccola Musica Notturna David Horne Restless Feeling Martijn Padding Slow March to Moscow Wednesday 18 April 7.30pm The Cornerstone, Liverpool Hope Gaetano Nenna New Work University Creative Campus Clark Rundell conductor £10 Giovanni Sollima cello

Ensemble 10/10

Pathfinders

John Wilson’s Yeomen of the Guard Saturday 21 April 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Gilbert & Sullivan The Yeomen of the Guard Cast includes: Simon Butteriss Jack Point Sarah Fox Elsie Maynard Jill Pert Dame Carruthers Richard Angas Wilfred Shadbolt Heather Shipp Phoebe Meryll John Wilson conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra One of the best-loved of British comedies, packed with wordplay, topsy-turvy plot-twists, and infectiously hummable tunes. Yet with its story of love and loss under the shadow of the executioner’s block, it’s actually Gilbert & Sullivan’s darkest show, with a bittersweet sting in the tail. It might just be the greatest British opera of the 19th century. Post Concert Discussion Join conductor John Wilson and members of the cast for a post-concert discussion starting 15 minutes after the end of the performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

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Belcea Quartet The Complete Beethoven String Quartets Tuesday 24 April 7.30pm Beethoven St George’s Hall Concert Room String Quartet Op.18 No.4 in C minor £25 String Quartet Op.135 in F major String Quartet Op.59 No.1 in F major

Great British Film Music

John Wilson conductor Ian Buckle piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 28 April 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Film music doesn’t have to mean Hollywood – in fact, from the wartime thrills of The Dam Busters and Dangerous Moonlight to the risqué high-jinks of the Carry Ons, some of the most memorable film scores are as British as bangers ‘n’ mash. John Wilson and the Orchestra take a nostalgic journey to a world where Shakespearean kings jostle with clog wearing Lancastrians, where ladies in lavender take tea on board the Orient Express, and where Spitfires soar over Hogwarts Castle. These great British tunes, including Walton’s Battle in the Air: Battle of Britain, R. R. Bennett’s Love Theme: Yanks, Suite: Murder on the Orient Express John Williams’ Harry’s Wondrous World and Addinsel’s Warsaw Concerto: Dangerous Moonlight, are the soundtrack to all our yesterdays.


Classical Music

Beethoven’s Fifth Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 May 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Vasily Petrenko conductor Andreas Haefliger piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Lunchtime Concert

Marcel Becker and friends

All Around the Bass

Marcel Becker, Principal Double Bass of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra presents virtuoso chamber music for the double bass. The highlight will be the Passione amorosa for two double basses by Giovanni Bottesini.

Thursday 3 May 2012 1.05pm £6

Danel String Quartet Wednesday 9 May 7.30pm St George’s Hall Concert Room £22

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Schubert String Quartet No. 13 in A minor ‘Rosamunde’ Emily Howard Clarinet Quintet (World premiere) Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K.581 Nicholas Cox clarinet

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New World Saturday 12 May 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Henry E Rensburg Series

Fountains of Rome Thursday 17 May 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 Sponsored by:

Smetana Wallenstein’s Camp Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K491 Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’ Jakub Hrůša conductor Yevgeny Sudbin piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms Academic Festival Overture Glazunov Symphony No. 9 Respighi The Fountains of Rome Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 Ilyich Rivas conductor Stephen Hough piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Post Concert Discussion Join Ilyich Rivas and Stephen Hough for a post-concert discussion. We welcome comment and questions from the audience and will start 15 minutes after the end of the performance in the lovely Art Deco Grand Foyer Bar.

Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Sunday 20 May 2.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Brahms Academic Festival Overture Glazunov Symphonic Variations Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 Ilyich Rivas conductor Stephen Hough piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra


Classical Music

Boléro Wednesday 23 & Thursday 24 May 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Ravel Daphnis and Chloe, Suite II Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos Bizet Symphony in C Ravel Boléro Kazushi Ono conductor Katia and Marielle Labèque pianos Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Lunchtime Concert Series

Beethoven and Brahms Trios

Cerberus Trio

Katherine Lacy clarinet Ian Bracken cello Ian Buckle piano

Thursday 24 May 1.05pm £6

Liverpool Welsh Choral

Karl Jenkins conducts The Armed Man Saturday 26 May 7.30pm £12, £17, £23, £25, £30

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Liverpool Welsh Choral patron Karl Jenkins conducts one of his most enduring works. The text includes words from various religious and historical sources whilst the music varies from the Muslim call to prayer to the enormously popular Benedictus. Jenkins also conducts his Te Deum, commissioned by LWC from the composer to celebrate Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture and given its world premiere in the city in 2008. This concert is for those who like their classical music with a touch of the unusual and a slight twist of jazz!

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Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sunday 27 May 7.30pm £9 (£6 under 25s)

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 Honegger Pastorale d’ete Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919 version) Yuanfan Yang piano RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition, Junior Category Winner 2010

Dane Lam conductor Britten National Anthem Maxwell Davies Symphony No. 9 world premiere Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Saturday 9 June 7.30pm £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Vasily Petrenko conductor Katarzyna Dondalska soprano Sarah Richmond alto Paul Charles Clarke tenor Gidon Saks bass

Belcea Quartet The Complete Beethoven String Quartets

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Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 No.5 in A major String Quartet Op.130 with fugue in B flat major

Tuesday 12 June 7.30pm St George’s Hall Concert Room £25 Ensemble 10/10

Race against Time Friday 15 June 7.30pm The Epstein Theatre £10

Emily Howard Zatopek! (World premiere) libretto, Selma Dimitirijevic Commissioned by Second Movement with support from New Music 20x12* György Ligeti Chamber Concerto Bohuslav Martinů Concertino for cello,winds, piano and percussion Leoš Janáček Ríkadla Ondřej Kyas chamber music III (World premiere) Hui Tak Cheung NewWork Clark Rundell conductor Members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir


Classical Music

The Katona Twins, guitars Tuesday 19 June 7.30pm St George’s Hall Concert Room £25 ‘Very talented twins… The Katonas play marvellously, with a glorious sound and irrepressible rhythm.’ American Record Guide

Boccherini (arr. Katona) Introduction and Fandango J. S Bach (arr. Katona) Französische Suite Nr. 5 (BWV 816) Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavotte, Bourree, Loure, Gigue Paganini (arr. Katona) Romance Katona Twins Vivaldi in the 21st century P. Katona Suite Albéniz (arr. Katona) Cordoba Piazzolla Tango Suite Allegro, Andante, Allegro Twin brothers Peter and Zoltán Katona were born in Hungary, trained in Germany and live in Liverpool. But their spectacular brand of guitar playing has made a splash around the world! From orchestral favourites in jaw-dropping arrangements to contemporary classics of the guitar repertoire, there’s no limit to what the Katonas can do with their guitars – and they deliver it all with irresistible flair.

DaDaFest 2012 An Evening with

Evelyn Glennie Saturday 18 August 7.30pm £20, £22.50, £27.50

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As one of the most intriguing and innovative musicians around Glennie is constantly redefining perceptions of percussion. She performs a diverse recital including Ilijas by Nebojsa Zivkovic, Clapping Music by Steve Reich, Rhythmic Caprice by Leigh Howard Stevens and her own work. This will be followed by an insightful TED-style talk about her unique connection to music, challenging the listener to ask where music comes from.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Pops The Two of Us: The Lennon & McCartney Songbook Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June 7.30pm £16, £21, £28, £33, £40 Sponsored by:

John Wilson conductor Mark McGann, Claire Martin, Joe Stilgoe singers Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Script by Bob Eaton and Mark McGann Following the sell-out performances of our John Lennon Songbook concerts, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra returns with a very special evening of songs by the world’s greatest song writing duo… John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in McCartney’s 70th Birthday year. The young and highly original Joe Stilgoe joins the vocalist roll call, alongside award-winning jazz singer Claire Martin and Liverpool favourite, actor and vocalist Mark McGann. Hear all your Beatles favourites, including Penny Lane, All You Need Is Love, Yesterday, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Strawberry Fields Forever and more, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.


Summer Pops

White Nights Thursday 28 June 7.30pm £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Rachmaninov Three pieces from Aleko: Intermezzo, Dance of the Women and Dance of the Men Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 Vasily Petrenko conductor Simon Trpčeski piano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Join the ‘dream team’ of Vasily Petrenko and Simon Trpčeski for this evening of stirring Russian classics. Petrenko reprises what many consider t0 be Shostakovich’s greatest work, his Symphony No. 10, which won Petrenko and the Orchestra the ‘Orchestral Recording of the Year’ in the 2011 Gramophone Awards. Tchaikovsky-s bold and effusive Piano Concerto No. 1, arguably one of the best known piano concertos in the repertoire, completes the evening.

A Musical Night Of Queen Tuesday 3 July 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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Mike Dixon conductor Conductor and singers to be announced and will include Earl Carpenter of Three Phantoms fame Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra From the producers of last year’s spectacular event, Three Phantoms, comes a symphonic extravaganza, as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra join forces with an impressive line-up of West End singers from the recent UK tour of Ben Elton and Queen’s record-breaking rock theatrical, We Will Rock You. Do not miss out on this evening with audience participation in mind, as numbers like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, Killer Queen and I Want It All are set to rock you off your seats!

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Music from Film & Television Thursday 12 July 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Carl Davis CBE (Hon) conductor Heidi Thomas presenter Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra We all love remembering those classic TV theme tunes, and music from our favourite films. This night brings both these worlds together… And if you think the music is thrilling on screen, just wait until you hear it played live! Join screen-music maestro Carl Davis and the Orchestra for a blockbuster of a concert that takes us on a journey through The Apprentice, Cranford Suite and Brassed Off, via The King’s Speech, Black Swan and Titanic! And who better to guide you on this journey than Heidi Thomas, scriptwriter for the new BBC drama series Upstairs Downstairs.

Can’t Help Singing:

Hollywood’s Leading Ladies in Concert Saturday 21 July 7.30pm £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

John Wilson conductor Kim Criswell singer Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Tonight we celebrate the ladies of the golden age of the film musical from Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Alice Faye, and Jeanette MacDonald to Julie Andrews, Shirley Jones, and Barbra Streisand. You’ll hear songs including I’m the Greatest Star, Dear Mr. Gable (You Made Me Love You), But the World Goes ‘Round, You’ll Never Know, The Sound of Music, and San Francisco, all painstakingly restored to their original film orchestrations by John Wilson, and sung by Kim Criswell as a tribute to those extraordinary women. Many of these songs have never been publicly performed in these original arrangements.


Summer Pops

Last Night of the Summer Pops Sunday 22 July 7.30pm £16, £21, £28, £33, £40 Carl Davis CBE (Hon) conductor Elizabeth Watts soprano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Carl Davis returns to the helm for another fabulous Last Night of the Summer Pops, this time with soprano Elizabeth Watts, winner of the lieder prize at Cardiff Singer of the World, 2007. Watts sings operatic gems including Puccini’s O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi), Quando m’en (from La Boheme) and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim. And of course, what Last Night celebrations would be complete without the much-loved classics Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Pomp and Circumstance?

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Film

Rising out of the stage, accompanied by resident organist, Dave Nicholas, the only working Walturdaw Cinema screen in the world. Film tickets can be purchased in advance. Image The Descendants Page 39

Book any 4 films together for just £18*

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The Woman in Black

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Wednesday 25 April 7.30pm £6, £7 boxes Contains intense supernatural threat and horror

‘Daniel Radcliffe graduates from the Harry Potter movies in compelling style, in this fine adaptation…This film is a reminder that the old scares, freshly executed, remain the sharpest’ The Telegraph

Director James Watkins 2012 1hr 35mins Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Liz White, Janet McTeer

The triumphant return of Hammer films continues with this story of a young lawyer who works alone in the isolated house of a recently deceased client. His unease grows as he glimpses a woman dressed only in black and realises her true intent.


Film

The Descendants

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From the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty.

Wednesday 16 May 7.30pm £6, £7 Contains strong language

The Artist

Director Alexander Payne 2011 115 mins Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Shailene Woodley

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Tuesday 22 May 7.30pm £6, £7 Contains scene of mild threat

12A Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Wednesday 6 June 7.30pm £6, £7 Contains strong language, moderate sex references and racist remarks

Director Michel Hazanavicius 2012 101 mins Black & White/Silent (with music track) Starring Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell

Winner of five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director and seven BAFTAs including Best Film and Best Director. Enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into swashbuckling movie hero, George Valentin, the star reacts graciously and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. As she slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down.

Director John Madden 2012 124 mins Starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Liza Tarbuck

For a desperate group of English pensioners, retirement takes an unconventional turn when they are enticed by advertisements for a seemingly luxurious sanctuary for ‘the elderly and beautiful’ in Jaipur, India. On arrival , they discover that the hotel falls somewhat short of the romantic idyll promised in the brochure, but they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

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A Night To Remember

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Without doubt the definitive screen version of the Titanic disaster, told from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, the most senior of the ill-fated ship’s Deck Officers who survived the disaster. The climactic sinking of the vessel is re-created with painstaking accuracy; designers used blueprints of the liner to create the sets and the whole film plays out in real time, it is a mere 37 minutes shorter than the actual tragedy.

Tuesday 26 June 7.30pm £6, £7

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

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Monday 23 July 7.30pm £6, £7 Contains mild violence

Director Lasse Hallström 2012 107 mins Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kirstin Scott Thomas

When Britain’s leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is to help realise a sheikh’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a good story, this unlikely team embark on a journey to prove the impossible, possible.

Wednesday 4 July 7.30pm £6, £7

Casablanca

Director Roy Ward Baker 1958 123 mins Black & White Starring Kenneth Moore, Ronald Allen, Honor Blackman, Robert Ayres

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Director Michael Curtiz 1942 103mins Black & White Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains

World War II Morocco – a viper’s nest of corrupt police, spies, fleeing émigrés, gamblers and drinkers; it’s the perfect place for weary American expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine to hide out. Rick’s long-lost love, Ilsa walks in with her husband and Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. ‘70 years on, the great romantic noir is still grippingly powerful’ The Guardian.


Comedy

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Doug Stanhope Monday 16 April 8pm £20, £26 This performance is unsuitable for under 18’s

‘There’s a kind of Olympic torch of extreme American comedy, which passed from Lenny Bruce, through Richard Pryor and Sam Kinison... to the late Bill Hicks. Stanhope is the latest, and equally brilliant, bearer.’ Independent on Sunday

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A stand-up comic with material that ranges from true-life graphic perversion to volatile social criticism. Stanhope is vulgar, opinionated, brutally honest, shockingly uninhibited and he will probably offend. He is the Voice of America on BBC’s Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe. As well as a wide-ranging television resume he is a two-time winner of Time Out New York’s Best Comedy Performance of the Year.

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Simon Amstell: Numb With special guest Daniel Simonsen

The award-winning comedian, actor/screenwriter (Grandma’s House) and presenter (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Popworld) in his new stand-up show. Intensely vulnerable and painfully honest Amstell attempts to heal himself in public, following 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘Do Nothing’ tour.

Tuesday 29 May 8pm £21, £27 This performance is unsuitable for under 18’s

‘The real deal. Where philosophy collides with anxiety: where Heidegger meets Woody Allen’. The Guardian

Jon Richardson

The new host of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Richardson is an Friday 27 July 8pm Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and best-selling £15, £21 author will be taking his show, Funny Magnet across ‘Sublimely brilliant, stunning.... the UK from February 2012. Discussing the everyday He is a comic right on the verge items that have a profound effect on his outlook, Funny Magnet sees Jon working his pessimism of greatness. If you haven’t with some hilarious consequences, and as always seen him yet get your finger with his loveable vivacious delivery. out and sort it.’ Time Out

Stewart Francis: Outstanding In His Field Friday 28 September 7.30pm £18.50, £24.50 ‘A brilliant comic brain... this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I’ve ever heard.’ The Guardian

The star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and Live At The Apollo, embarks on a brand new tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show featuring what The Sunday Times describes as his ‘perfectly crafted gags’.


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Venue Information

Liverpool Philharmonic is grateful to the organisations and individuals who support our artistic programmes and learning and engagement activities. Principal Partner

Principal Funders

Thanks to the City of Liverpool for its financial support Higher Education Partner

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April Liverpool Philharmonic Experience

P23

RLPO: St Matthew Passion

P26

7.30pm

Gilbert O’Sullivan

P01

7.30pm

Kailash Kher

P01

8pm

Christy Moore

P02

03

Tuesday

1.30pm

04

Wednesday

7pm

05

Thursday

06

Friday

07

Saturday

10

Tuesday

7.30pm

The Osmonds

P02

11

Wednesday

7.30pm

Tinariwen

P02

12

Thursday

7.30pm

WOW A celebration of the music

P03

13

Friday

7.30pm

The Hollies

P03

13

Friday

8.30pm

After 8: Edurado Niebla

P15

14

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO: This Sporting Life

P27

14

Saturday

8.30pm

16

Monday

8pm

After 8: Edurado Niebla

P15

Comedy: Doug Stanhope

P41 P03

17

Tuesday

7.30pm

The Billy Fury Story

18

Wednesday

7.30pm

Ensemble 10/10: Pathfinders

P27

18

Wednesday

7.30pm

Ian Anderson

P04

18

Wednesday

8.30pm

After 8: Jim Moray

P16

21

Saturday

11am

Discover The Classics: William & Arthur

P23

21

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO: John Wilson’s Yeomen of the Guard

P27

23

Monday

8.30pm

After 8: Simon Fowler

P16

24

Tuesday

7.30pm

Belcea Quartet

P28

24

Tuesday

7.30pm

Don Williams

P04

25

Wednesday

7.30pm

Film: The Woman in Black

P38

27

Friday

7.30pm

Tony Christie

P04

27

Friday

8.30pm

After 8: Andy Irvine

P16

28

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO: Great British Film Music

P28

28

Saturday

8.30pm

After 8: Andy Irvine

P16

29

Sunday

4pm

RLPO: The Cunning Little Vixen

P20

02

Wednesday

7.30pm

RLPO: Beethoven’s Fifth

P29

03

Thursday

12pm

03

Thursday

1.05pm

03

Thursday

7.30pm

RLPO: Beethoven’s Fifth

P29

05

Saturday

7.30pm

10CC

P04

05

Saturday

8.30pm

After 8: John O’Connell

P17

06

Sunday

2.30pm

Family Concert: Sci-Fi Classics

P21

May Lunchtime Learning: All around the Bass

P24

Lunchtime Concert: All around the Bass

P29


May 09

Wednesday

7.30pm

Danel String Quartet

P29

10

Thursday

7.30pm

The Ladies of Country

P05 P05

11

Friday

7.30pm

Ramin

11

Friday

8.30pm

After 8: Mawkin

P17

12

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO: New World

P30

16

Wednesday

12pm

Lunchtime Learning: Fountains of Rome

P24

16

Wednesday

7.30pm

Film: The Descendants

P39

16

Wednesday

8.30pm

After 8: Hannah James & Sam Sweeney

P18

17

Thursday

7.30pm

RLPO: Fountains of Rome

P30 P05

18

Friday

8pm

Writing On The Wall: Black By Design

19

Saturday

11am

Discover The Classics: Bolero

P24

19

Saturday

7.30pm

The Lady: A Homage to Sandy Denny

P06

RLPO: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto

P30

20

Sunday

2.30pm

21

Monday

12.30pm

22

Tuesday

23 24

Liverpool Philharmonic Experience

P23

7.30pm

Film: The Artist

P39

Wednesday

7.30pm

RLPO: Bolero

P31

Thursday

12pm

Lunchtime Learning: Cerberus Trio

P24

24

Thursday

1.05pm

Lunchtime Concert: Cerberus Trio

P31

24

Thursday

7.30pm

RLPO: Bolero

P31

25

Friday

7.30pm

The Imagined Village

P07

25

Friday

8.30pm

After 8: Gordon Giltrap

P18

26

Saturday

7.30pm

Liverpool Welsh Choral The Armed Man

P31

27

Sunday

7.30pm

Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

P32

28

Monday

2pm

League Of Welldoers

P21

29

Tuesday

8pm

Comedy: Simon Amstell

P42

30

Wednesday

7.30pm

Keith & Kristyn Getty

P07

31

Thursday

7.30pm

Ukulele Orchestra of GB

P08

31

Thursday

8.30pm

After 8: Woody Guthrie Folk Club

P18

June 04

Monday

7.30pm

Dionne Warwick

P08

06

Wednesday

7.30pm

Film: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

P39

08

Friday

3pm

09

Saturday

7.30pm

Workshops For Children

P25

RLPO: Beethoven’s Ninth

P32

10

Sunday

8pm

The Chieftains

P08

12

Tuesday

7.30pm

Belcea Quartet

P32

15

Friday

7.30pm

Ensemble 10/10: Race Against Time

P33


June 16

Saturday

9.30pm

SuperOrchestra

P25

17

Sunday

7.30pm

The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick

P09 P33

19

Tuesday

7.30pm

The Katona Twins, Guitars

21

Thursday

8.30pm

After 8: Amelia Curran & Lizzie Nunnery

P19

22

Friday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: The Two Of Us

P34

23

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: The Two Of Us

P34

26

Tuesday

7.30pm

Film: A Night To Remember

P40

27

Wednesday

8.30pm

After 8: Woody Mann

P19

28

Thursday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: White Nights

P35

Brit Floyd

P09

July 02

Monday

8pm

03

Tuesday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: Queen

P35

04

Wednesday

7.30pm

Film: Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

P40

06

Friday

8.30pm

After 8: Ian Prowse

P19

07

Saturday

7.30pm

Blue Coat School Musical Society

P22

08

Sunday

2.30pm

Crosby Symphony Orchestra

P22

12

Thursday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: Music from Film

P36

14

Saturday

7.30pm

Alison Krauss & Union Station

P11

15

Sunday

7.30pm

Liverpool Arabic Arts Fest: Alif Ensemble

P10

21

Saturday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: Can’t Help Singing

P36

22

Sunday

7.30pm

RLPO Summer Pops: Last Night of

P37

23

Monday

7.30pm

Film: Casablanca

P40

26

Thursday

7.30pm

27

Friday

8pm

27

Friday

8.30pm

Americana Weekend: Lazy Lester

P12

28

Saturday

7.30pm

Americana Weekend: Americana Night

P12

18

Saturday

7.30pm

DaDa Fest: Evelyn Glennie

P33

24

Friday

7.30pm

International Beatle Week: They Say It’s

P13

25

Saturday

7.30pm

International Beatle Week: Live Peace

P13

27

Monday

8pm

International Beatle Week: 50th Anniversary

P13

Age UK Wirral Gala: Paul Potts

P22

Marc Almond

P22

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orch

P11

Comedy: Jon Richardson

P42

August

September 21

Friday

7.30pm

21

Saturday

8pm

25

Tuesday

7.30pm

Magic Of Motown

P14

28

Friday

7.30pm

Comedy: Stewart Francis

P42


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