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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra September 2012June 2013 Vasily Petrenko Chief Conductor – Box Office 0151 709 3789 www.liverpoolphil.com


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Welcome from Vasily Petrenko

A musical partnership is like a romance and in our seventh concert season together, our musical romance is flourishing. There is such a great atmosphere when we are working together in the orchestra; it is hugely enjoyable, in rehearsal and in concert and for me the greatest pleasure as we explore the meaning behind the music.

It’s important too that our audiences feel as we do about the music we play and believe, as I do, that there is still so much that we can achieve together. This is always in our hearts and minds as we aim to build on the successes of our past seasons. You will discover more concerts full of great music from across the classical repertoire, must see artists, and rising stars including some exciting Liverpool debuts and the welcome return of many favourite musicians.

We will celebrate some of the great landmarks in classical music; a series of concerts marking the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and other music written for the influential Ballets Russes; Benjamin Britten’s centenary year and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Wagner. We continue with our readings of the music of Shostakovich and Rachmaninov; and our journey through the music of Mahler, performing his 10th, unfinished symphony. We will give performances of several new works, including the world premiere of a Flute Concerto for our Principal Flute, Cormac Henry written by Kurt Schwertsik, and the UK premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s Cello Concerto.

Contents Critical Acclaim Support Us We will perform familiar and muchloved music as well as some hidden treasures that we invite you to discover with us. I hope our music will find its way to your heart and you will continue to enjoy it more and more with us. On behalf of Liverpool Philharmonic, thank for your passion and enthusiasm for our music and your great generosity in supporting what we do. We will continue to go from strength to strength while you share our ambitions and support us.

Vasily Petrenko Chief Conductor

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Critical Acclaim For the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Concerts and Recordings

Andrew Clark reviews the performance of Mahler Symphony No.7 May 2011

‘Since Vasily Petrenko became chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra they have together demonstrated rare finesse and confidence in a wide repertoire ... and if this account of the Seventh Symphony is any guide, he (Petrenko) has given Liverpool something more to be proud of.’

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Richard Morrison reviews Shostakovich Symphony No.7 January 2012

‘... and my spine is still shuddering from the 11 extra brass unleashed at the climaxes of the Leningrad Symphony … there’s no denying the electrifying effect that Petrenko has – not just on his Liverpool players but also the punters, who rose and cheered.’

Fiona Maddocks reviews the performance of Mahler Symphony No.8 at Liverpool Cathedral October 2011

‘The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra are on a high and demand attention. Their “Symphony of a Thousand” was a knockout ... converting us all to a spontaneous belief in Mahler and the RLPO in general, and Petrenko in particular.’

Glyn Môn Hughes reviews James MacMillan St. John Passion April 2011

‘The stars, though, had to be the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir ... They sailed through a complex score with confidence, performing some harmonically demanding passages with ease ... moments which will be treasured in the memory.’


Michael Cookson reviews Brahms A German Requiem March 2011

‘Keeping his forces tightly clasped together, conductor Claus Peter Flor blessed Brahms’ score with a sincere and warm hearted performance. The Liverpool Philharmonic continues to impress with typically crisp playing that balanced the score's required ingredients of strength and pathos.’

BBC Radio 3’s Rob Cowan on the recording of Shostakovich Symphony No.10 (Naxos), winner of the Orchestral Recording of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2011.

‘… a performance of such heat and intensity, it conjures the spirit and the atmosphere of this symphony like no other modern recording. If the rest of the cycle is like this, it’s going to be a benchmark enterprise.’

≥ The Orchestra performs Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Liverpool Cathedral, October 2011

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Thank you! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of hundreds of donors, Liverpool Philharmonic continues to thrive in a challenging economic environment. We are extremely grateful for your support: every gift helps to bridge the increasing gap between ticket income and public funding, and the running costs of a world-class symphony orchestra and concert hall.

Your support this season will be vital to our efforts to build on the current success of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and to protect Liverpool Philharmonic for the future.

As we ask you once again to give as much as you can afford, we hope you will do so in the knowledge that every great performance you hear this season will be thanks to your generosity.

As we move ever closer to our 175th anniversary in 2015, you can help us to cherish this great organisation and secure its future at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life for another 175 years. We won’t be able to do it without you. To make a gift, become a member or to find out more, contact our fundraising team on 0151 210 2921 or visit www.liverpoolphil.com.

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Guest Artists Ottavio Dantone conductor/harpsichord

Tine Thing Helseth trumpet

Following a five star national review debut in 2011, Ottavio Dantone returns to Liverpool to build upon his “big force, period clarity and appealing alchemy with the orchestra”, as described by The Guardian in his last performance. As one of the most talented harpsichordists of his generation, having received several of the world's most distinguished awards, Dantone turned conductor in 1996 becoming Musical Director of the Accademia Bizantina in Ravenna, which has since led to roles as an opera conductor including acclaimed performances at La Scala and Glyndebourne.

Tine Thing Helseth thrilled audiences in 2011 with her Liverpool debut as part of the Spirit of Christmas Concerts. Tine started to play the trumpet at the age of 7, and is one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation. A sensation in Scandinavia, where she has performed extensively as a classical soloist, leader of the ten-member all-female brass ensemble tenThing and jazz musician, she is equally at home in each role and genre. “Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in turn lent her gorgeous bugle-like tone to evoke, in the slow movement, a bleak, muted, bluesy, pathos”. The Independent

Wednesday 20 February, Thursday 21 February, Saturday 27 April

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Wednesday 7 November, Thursday 8 November, Tuesday 14 May

Andrew Manze conductor Sunday 2 June

Andrew Manze has rapidly emerged as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy mark him out above many others; “I have rarely sensed an audience so comprehensively pinned to their seats. And what a tour de force of performance we witnessed… Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, totally locked together… a masterpiece of music-making.” The Herald

Simon Trpc˘eski piano

Wednesday 12 September Thursday 13 September

Simon Trpcčeski has established himself as one of the most remarkable young musicians to have emerged in recent years, playing with many of the world’s great orchestras and delighting audiences world-wide. In addition to several sell-out performances in Liverpool alongside Vasily Petrenko, his recent recital at the Wigmore Hall, London, prompted The Telegraph’s critic to describe Simon Trpčeski as “one of the great musicians of our day!”


Mario Brunello cello

Wednesday 3 October Thursday 4 October

Mario Brunello, renowned Italian cellist, makes his Liverpool debut. The turning point in his artistic life was in 1986 when he became the first Italian ever to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow – launching him into a stunning international career. Brunello has played with some of the most prestigious orchestras, and has also collaborated with world renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. In 1994 he founded the Orchestra d'Archi Italiana with which he tours extensively both in Italy and abroad.

Nelson Freire piano

Alice Sara Ott piano

“…his warm-hearted performances eschew a concert-hall brio in favour of intimacy, almost as if played in the privacy of one's own room . . . musicmaking so personal and reflective.” Gramophone, 2010

"A gawp-inducing bravura performance of which legends are made.” The Guardian

Saturday 11 May

Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire made his first public appearance at the age of five. In 1957, he went to Vienna to study with Bruno Seidlhofer, teacher of Friedrich Gulda. Since his career began in 1959, Freire has appeared in virtually every important musical centre. His recordings and have earned international prizes including the 2007 Classic FM Gramophone Award as “Record of the Year”.

Thursday 10 January

Twenty-three-year-old GermanJapanese pianist Alice Sara Ott has gained critical acclaim for her performances at major concert halls worldwide. At the age of thirteen, Alice was hailed the “Most Promising Artist” at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and two years later she went on to take the top prize at the Silvio Bengalli International Piano Competition as the youngest contestant. Expectations are high for this eagerly awaited Liverpool debut!

Leif Ove Andsnes piano Thursday 24 January Sunday 27 January

Leif Ove Andsnes, an internationally acclaimed piano star for the last 15 years, has been named “the most accomplished pianist of the new generation” by the New York Times, and has been called “an eminently sensual musician, an artist capable of grace and introspection” by the Financial Times. The celebrated Norwegian pianist has won worldwide acclaim with his commanding technique and searching interpretations. As one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation he appears each season with the world’s leading orchestras.

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Paul Lewis piano

Tuesday 9 October Tuesday 27 November Thursday 18 April Sunday 21 April

Internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Paul Lewis returns to his hometown of Liverpool following his hugely successful performances at St George’s Hall Concert Room as part of Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series. His electrifying, technically remarkable performances have led to incredible award success, including the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award and three Gramophone Awards.

Daniel Müller-Schott cello Thursday 2 May

Described by the New York Times as “a fearless player with technique to burn”, Daniel Müller-Schott is widely considered to be one of the world’s most talented and exciting young cellists. After sensationally winning the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians aged only 15, Müller-Schott has enjoyed international success, delighting audiences and critics alike, and winning numerous awards, including the Quarterly Prize of German Record Critics for his recordings.

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Special

Carmina Burana Friday 7 & Saturday 8 September 7.30pm Handel Zadok the Priest

Tchaikovsky Francesca da Rimini

Orff Carmina Burana – Vasily Petrenko conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

There’s nothing sacred about Orff’s outrageous Cantata; just great tunes, sung by the renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, and unstoppable energy. It’s the climax of this concert, celebrating the 20th Birthday year of our partner, Classic FM. First, though, enjoy Handel’s roofraising coronation anthem and Tchaikovsky’s evocation of doomed romance, Francesca da Rimini. Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Photography © Mark McNulty

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Petrenko, Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes We celebrate one of the world’s most influential ballet companies and, in particular, some of the great composers who wrote music for it. The legendary Ballets Russes (Russian Ballets) was directed by the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev from 1909, and continued until his death in 1929.

premiere at the Théâtre des ChampsElysées was a turning point in the history of modern dance and music.

And we’ll feature other music that was central to Ballets Russes’ brilliantly original dance performances, including Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade (5/6 December), Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faun and Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances (23/24 May).

“This ranks among Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic The company’s influence still resounds today, as Diaghilev brought together the Orchestra’s finest achievements” (The Guardian, 2011) was one of the greatest dancers, musicians and artists accolades for the performance of of the time. Many of the music scores, Mahler’s Symphony No.7, a concert in scenery, costumes and dance this musical partnership’s acclaimed choreography are now regarded as Mahler Edition series. works of genius, though in their day, much of the company’s work was These concerts should be just as notorious, causing critical and public thrilling. outrage and sparking riots. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will conduct three major works composed by Stravinsky for ballets by the Ballets Russes; The Firebird (12/13 September), Petrushka (13/14 March), and The Rite of Spring (23/24 May), marking the centenary of its premiere in Paris on 29 May 1913. The Rite of Spring was so musically innovative it remains a seminal work and the scandal surrounding its

≥ Stravinsky with the great Ballets Russes dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in costume as Petrushka.

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Classic FM Series

Stravinsky’s Firebird Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 September 7.30pm Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.2

Stravinsky The Firebird (complete) – Vasily Petrenko conductor Simon Trpčeski piano –

Classic Intro 6.15pm Wednesday 12 September Dance Historian Dr Giannandrea Poesio, reader in Dance at University of Bedfordshire and dance critic for The Spectator, focuses on the cultural and artistic contexts that informed and underpinned the creation of Stravinsky’s Firebird – with particular attention to the choreographic side.

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 8 September 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session, we’ll look explore the stories behind the composers Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie and more. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will join us in discussion.

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Deep in the shadows, something stirs. A flash of colour, a swirl of flame, and Stravinsky’s Firebird leaps dazzlingly into life. It’s a gripping opening to our new season, and a truly spectacular start to our year-long celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: the artistic explosion that rocked Europe, 100 years ago this season. Vasily Petrenko conducts, but only after he’s got the season off to a start with even more of a flourish. Petrenko’s partnership with the stunning young Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski is already world-famous; tonight they launch the evening in truly Imperial style with Tchaikovsky’s epic Second Piano Concerto: grand, glittering, and fabulously tuneful.

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

‘The young Macedonian virtuoso [Trpc˘eski] teams up again with Petrenko’s blossoming Liverpool Philharmonic … These performances are a meeting of dazzling musical minds’ The Sunday Times


Henry E Rensburg Series

Sunday Afternoon Classics

Viennese Dreams Thursday 20 September 7.30pm

Schubert Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’ Schwertsik Flute Concerto

World Premiere – co-commissioned by Liverpool Philharmonic and Brucknerhaus Linz

Mozart Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’, K385

Richard Strauss Suite, Der Rosenkavalier – Vasily Petrenko conductor Cormac Henry flute – Sponsored by

A Little Night Music Sunday 23 September 2.30pm

Vienna, city of dreams: where even sadness tastes sweet. Franz Schubert poured his deepest feelings and best tunes into a symphony he couldn’t bring himself to finish. Mozart wrote background music for a society party – and then transformed it into a symphony that glittered with splendour. And Richard Strauss threw himself head-first into a gorgeous world of swirling waltzes, tingling sensations and stolen kisses. Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra will seduce you, as we make musical history with the world premiere of a new flute concerto, commissioned by Liverpool Philharmonic and written specially for the Orchestra’s principal flautist, Cormac Henry, by a living Viennese legend, Kurt Schwertsik.

Schubert Symphony No.8 ‘Unfinished’

Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor K466

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K525 Richard Strauss Suite, Der Rosenkavalier – Vasily Petrenko conductor Behzod Abduraimov piano

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Cormac Henry flute Photography © Mark McNulty

Vienna, city of dreams: where even sadness tastes sweet. Franz Schubert poured his deepest feelings and best tunes into a symphony he couldn’t bring himself to finish. Richard Strauss threw himself head-first into a gorgeous world of swirling waltzes, tingling sensations and stolen kisses, and called it Der Rosenkavalier. Mozart’s haunting Piano Concerto No.20 is performed by the remarkable young Uzbek star Behzod Abduraimov in his Liverpool debut. And don’t miss Mozart’s ever popular Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Performed live, it’s as tuneful and fresh as anything Mozart wrote.

‘… young Abduraimov’s playing was so unbelievably magnificent that it left me speechless’. Musicweb International

Behzod Abduraimov piano Photography © Ben Ealovega/Decca

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Saturday Series

Classic FM Series

Brahms’ First Piano Concerto Saturday 29 September 7.30pm

Sibelius Scene with Cranes from Kuolema

Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor

Sibelius Symphony No.1 – Pietari Inkinen conductor Barry Douglas piano

Dvor˘ák Delights Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 October 7.30pm From the haunting cry of a crane by a woodland lake to the blazing pride of a resurgent people, Jean Sibelius captured the spirit of a nation. Finnish musicians grow up with his music, and there’s always something especially exciting when a Finnish conductor plays Sibelius. So Pietari Inkinen’s Liverpool debut should be a revelation, whether in the poetic Scene with Cranes or the sweeping romantic passion of Sibelius’ tempestuous First Symphony. And there’ll be passion, too, in Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, a tempestuous song of unrequited love played by Belfast-born Barry Douglas, who has thrilled audiences in Liverpool many times in the past.

All-Dvořák programme Carnival Overture Cello Concerto Symphony No.7 – Michal Nesterowicz conductor Mario Brunello cello

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

‘A supremely talented and genuine artist’. Diapason (France) on Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas piano Photography © Mark Harrison

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Liverpool has always had a soft spot for the music of Dvořák – and the Orchestra has even been called the best Czech orchestra outside of Prague. So what better way for Michal Nesterowicz to make his Liverpool debut than with a stirring all-Dvořák programme that sweeps from the unbuttoned joy of the popular Carnival overture to the epic drama of the Seventh Symphony? You’ll want to hear this young Polish conductor and winner of the Cadaqués Conducting Competition – not least because previous winners include a certain Vasily Petrenko! Mario Brunello makes his Liverpool debut too, and there’s no better way for a cellist to prove himself than in Dvořák’s gloriously heartfelt concerto.

Mario Brunello cello

‘Brunello…commanded the orchestra with a nobly singing tone. His solo encore – a Bach sarabande – was glorious.’ The Independent


Pops

Film Music of John Williams Saturday 6 October 7.30pm

Programme includes music from Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Harry Potter and more! – Richard Kaufman conductor – Sponsored by

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 6 October 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session, we’ll explore the works of John Williams, the world’s most popular classical composer. Conductor Richard Kaufman joins in the discussion.

A flourish of trumpets, a sweeping tune, and whether we’re in the deserts of Tatooine or amidst the towers of Hogwarts, that tingle down the spine tells us that we’re in John Williams country. For nearly half a century, John Williams has written the soundtracks to our dreams, and tonight, returning after his very well received concert last year, Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman presents an all-new blockbuster tribute to the king of film music. Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and of course Harry Potter … this is music that never loses its power to thrill, performed live by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) Photography © Warner Bros. Pictures

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Henry E Rensburg Series

Sunday Afternoon Classics

Classic FM Hall of Fame Sunday 14 October 2.30pm

Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto Thursday 11 October 7.30pm Brahms Piano Concerto No.2

Shostakovich Symphony No.10 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Joaquín Achúcarro piano – Sponsored by

Shostakovich Symphony No.10 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko Orchestral Recording of the Year Gramophone Awards 2011

“If there has been a finer account of the Tenth in recent years…I must have missed it”.

Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony was one of the landmarks of twentieth century music – and music critics around the world have agreed that Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra’s interpretation is landmark amongst twenty-first century recordings. Tonight in Liverpool you can hear it live, in all its power, drama and raw emotion. Be sure not to miss this concert, in which Shostakovich’s Cold War thriller is paired with its spiritual opposite: Brahms’ generous, sunlit Second Piano Concerto, played tonight – with the insight of a lifetime’s experience – by a true legend amongst pianists.

Programme to include:

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending – Matthew Coorey conductor Jennifer Pike violin

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 ‘A truly engaging musicality’ The Times on Jennifer Pike

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Jennifer Pike violin

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The nation has spoken – and once again, Classic FM’s annual poll has revealed Britain’s favourite pieces of classical music. We don’t know the results yet, but one thing’s for sure – in this concert, we’ll play the very best of the best, led by conductor Matthew Coorey, the Orchestra’s former Conductor in Residence, and BBC Young Musician of the Year 2002, Jennifer Pike, who makes her Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra debut. Full tuneful satisfaction is guaranteed – you vote for it, we’ll play it!


Pops

Carl Davis conducts Ben-Hur Film with Live Music Saturday 27 October 7.30pm Davis Ben-Hur – Carl Davis conductor

There are epic movies – and then there’s Ben-Hur. The famous chariot race, a cast of thousands… This spectacular 1925 silent film is superbly restored and performed this evening with the ultimate in live special effects: the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Carl Davis’ sensational score, all going for broke under a silver screen. When Carl Davis and the

Orchestra first rediscovered Ben-Hur in the 1980s, film-lovers were astonished – be there for another legendary performance. Please note, this performance will end at 10.20pm.

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Classic Intro 6.15pm Conductor Carl Davis in discussion about the film Ben-Hur, the most expensive Hollywood production of its time, with Patrick Stanbury and Kevin Brownlow from PhotoPlay, the company which restored the film.

Ben-Hur (1925) Photography © Photoplay Productions

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Classic FM Series

Saturday Series

Sound the Trumpet Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 November 7.30pm

The Virtuoso Cello Saturday 3 November 7.30pm

Beethoven Symphony No.2

Haydn Cello Concerto in D

Sollima Vibrez! for Two Cellos and Strings*

Hindemith Mathis der Maler, Symphony – Vasily Petrenko conductor Giovanni Sollima cello Jonathan Aasgaard cello*

Rules were made to be broken! The young Beethoven sends conventions flying in all directions in his rocketfuelled Second Symphony. Giovanni Sollima is the Italian cello sensation who is quite simply one of the most original artists on the current scene, whether going solo in Haydn’s playful D major Concerto, or teaming up with the Orchestra’s own Jonathan Aasgaard in his extraordinary work Vibrez! You’ll be astonished and delighted, and under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.

Sibelius Karelia Suite

Arutyunyan Trumpet Concerto

Mahler Symphony No.1 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Tine Thing Helseth trumpet

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 ‘Sollima brought the house down… the audience was absolutely ecstatic.’ Time Out Hong Kong

Giovanni Sollima cello

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She’s a phenomenon: the Norwegian trumpeter who, at the age of 24, is already drawing comparisons with the greatest players of all time. Liverpool audiences have already taken Tine to their hearts. Tonight she introduces the most tuneful trumpet showpiece you’ve never heard, Arutyunyan’s flamboyant Concerto, while Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra bring back their critically acclaimed performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.

Tine Thing Helseth trumpet


Saturday Series

Tasmin Little’s Delius Saturday 17 November 7.30pm

Edward German Overture, Nell Gwyn Delius Violin Concerto

Elgar Overture, Cockaigne

Vaughan Williams Symphony No.2 ‘London’ – John Wilson conductor Tasmin Little violin – Post-concert Discussion

(Starts 15 minutes after the concert ends) Conductor John Wilson and violinist Tasmin Little answer your questions about tonight’s performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

Oh, to be in England! Conductor John Wilson is quickly establishing himself as our most enthusiastic champion of English music. Tonight he celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Delius by teaming up with lifelong Delius fan Tasmin Little in the ravishing Violin Concerto; music as lovely as it is neglected. That’s the tender heart of a concert that begins in the leafy countryside of Edward German’s Nell Gwyn, and ends on the bustling streets of Edwardian London. Elgar’s “stout and steaky” overture is just the curtain raiser to Vaughan Williams’ gloriously colourful symphonic picture of London at its Imperial peak, complete with hansom cabs, lavender sellers, and the chimes of Big Ben. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Tasmin Little violin Photography © Paul Mitchell

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Saturday Series

Henry E Rensburg Series

Dvor˘ák’s Te Deum Saturday 24 November 7.30pm

Bruckner Psalm 150

Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn Dvořák Te Deum – Claus Peter Flor conductor Ian Tracey organ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

A Fairy’s Kiss Thursday 29 November 7.30pm

The orchestra thunders and roars, a piano takes off like a rocket, everyone pauses for breath – and then with one mighty chord, the organ blows the roof off. Camille Saint-Saëns’ sensational Organ Symphony might be one of the world’s best-loved classics, but live in concert it never gets any less thrilling! And that’s not even the climax of a programme that teams our superb Choir, City Organist Ian Tracey and world-famous choral conductor Claus Peter Flor in Bruckner’s jubilant Psalm 150, and Dvořák’s exuberant Te Deum.

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Stravinsky The Fairy’s Kiss – Hannu Lintu conductor Chloe Hanslip violin –

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‘Flor makes music a physical experience: One feels its sinews tensing and relaxing…’ Dallas Morning News

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Something very special happens when a bright new star plays a much-loved classic. The charismatic young Chloe Hanslip should positively dance through Mendelssohn’s super-popular Violin Concerto, and then guest conductor Hannu Lintu introduces the latest revelation in our homage to the Ballets Russes: The Fairy’s Kiss. Imagine delicious nuggets of Tchaikovsky, handpicked by Igor Stravinsky and then dipped by him in mouthwatering musical sugars and spices.

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Classic FM Series

From Russia with Love Wednesday 5 & Thursday 6 December 7.30pm Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmila

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade – Pablo González conductor HJ Lim piano –

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 1 December 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session we indulge ourselves with the work – and the man – that freed Rachmaninov from composer’s block: the Piano Concerto No.2 and hypnotist Dr Nicolai Dahl.

From Russia with love…and if you only know Rachmaninov’s super-romantic Second Piano Concerto from Brief Encounter, you don’t know the half of it. Soloist HJ Lim might have become a worldwide star on Youtube, but she’s even more extraordinary live. And the same goes for Scheherazade: everyone knows the melodies, yet until you’ve heard those gorgeous colours in a concert hall, you’ve never really experienced Rimsky-Korsakov’s muchloved tale of the Arabian Nights. Guest conductor Pablo González returns to get things off to a flying start with Glinka’s firecracker of an overture: light the blue touchpaper and retreat! Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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John Lennon Songbook Saturday 8 December 7.30pm

John Wilson conductor Mark McGann vocalist Claire Martin OBE vocalist Joe Stilgoe vocalist

Script by Bob Eaton

Wonderful Christmastime Saturday 15 & Friday 21 December 7.30pm On the anniversary of Lennon’s death, in a year marking the 50th anniversary of perhaps the world’s greatest band, we’ve brought back the sell-out John Lennon Songbook concert, last heard in China in 2010. Lennon’s greatest hits, including In My Life, Julia, I Should Have Known Better, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Girl, Ticket To Ride, Norwegian Wood, Yes It Is, A Day In The Life, All You Need Is Love, I Am The Walrus, Strawberry Fields Forever, Come Together, Two Of Us, Jealous Guy, Beautiful Boy, Free As A Bird, and Imagine will feature.

Carl Davis CBE (Hon) conductor

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. Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

John Lennon Songbook Photography © Mark McNulty

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And to celebrate, Maestro Carl Davis brings you the ultimate musical Christmas cracker: an all-singing, allswinging all-new seasonal spectacular produced by the company (Ginger Boy Productions) that brought you The Three Phantoms and A Night of Queen. Expect all your old-time favourites in this deluxe performance: Sleigh Ride, Stars, Winter Wonderland, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, White Christmas and many more seasonal classics. This merry-making-mayhem is perfect for all the family and will be hosted by two very special guests from London's glittering West End, singing not only your favourite Christmas hits, but a few songs from some of the world's greatest musicals. Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Carl Davis CBE (Hon)


Special

Spirit of Christmas 7.30pm

Tuesday 18 December Wednesday 19 December Thursday 20 December Saturday 22 December Sunday 23 December – Jesús León tenor John Suchet presenter – Ian Tracey conductor Simon Emery Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir director Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

It wouldn’t be December without Liverpool Philharmonic’s traditional carol concerts. Join us for a mouthwatering spread of Yuletide music old and new, with classic carols and seasonal readings from our host – Classic FM’s John Suchet who wowed audiences last year – and a sledge-full of good cheer from conductor Ian Tracey, our superb choirs, and the Orchestra. The ‘superbly dramatic’ (Classical Source) Mexican tenor Jesús León joins in with the festivities. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall becomes a winter wonderland. Be ready to join in with the carols! Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40 ‘An outstanding evening which we thoroughly enjoyed. ..It was inspiring and lifted our spirits.’ Audience Member, 2011

Spirit of Christmas Photography © Mark McNulty

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A Night in Vienna Friday 28 December 7.30pm

Programme to include: Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz, Thunder and Lighting Polka, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, The Blue Danube – John Wilson conductor Sarah Fox soprano

The pop of a champagne cork, the rustle of silk, and an irresistible rhythm…no city knows how to celebrate like Vienna. And there’s no cocktail more intoxicating than the swirl of a waltz and the glamorous sound of a full symphony orchestra. This festive season, maestro John Wilson takes you to the ball with Franz Lehár – the master of champagne operetta – and of course the Waltz King himself, Johann Strauss II. Soprano Sarah Fox sprinkles the stardust, and you’ll already know the tunes: Emperor Waltz, Thunder and Lightning, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka and – it goes without saying – The Blue Danube. Let us waltz you off your feet! Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Sarah Fox soprano

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Special

A Tribute to Sinatra and Friends Sunday 30 December 2.30pm John Wilson conductor Joe Stilgoe vocalist

New Year’s Eve Concert: Swing into the New Year Monday 31 December 7.30pm John Wilson conducts his signature favourites – a cornucopia of some of the best melodies from the great Big Band singers and composers, including Frank Sinatra, Cole Porter, Bobby Darin and others. This is an infectious extravaganza from a bygone era that produced some of the most memorable, hummable and singable music ever written. Joe Stilgoe, “a powerful improviser with an instinctive gift for melody” (The Times) sings Luck Be A Lady, I Won’t Dance, Let There Be Love, When I Fall in Love, For Once in My Life, That’s All, and more.

John Wilson conductor Joe Stilgoe vocalist

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

See in the New Year with a swing, as bandleader extraordinaire John Wilson transforms the Orchestra into the ultimate big-band. It’ll be a night of pure showbiz glamour, a glittering hitparade of jazz standards by Cole Porter, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Gershwin, as well as classic showtunes. John Wilson is joined by Joe Stilgoe, who has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, and the Montreux Jazz Festival, and has drawn comparisons with singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Buddy Greco and Jamie Cullum. A night for dressing up and swinging along! Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Joe Stilgoe vocalist

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Special

Messiah Saturday 5 January 7pm

Handel Messiah – Laurence Cummings conductor Sophie Bevan soprano Jennifer Johnston alto James Oxley tenor Matthew Brook bass Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

La Valse Thursday 10 January 7.30pm

Handel’s Messiah isn’t so much an oratorio, more a national institution. Everyone knows the Hallelujah chorus, though if that’s all you know, you’re in for a wonderful revelation – because every note is just as inspired. Featuring some of the most heartfelt and spiritually uplifting music ever written, our annual Messiah has become something of a Liverpool tradition, but it’s anything but predictable. Under baroque music expert Laurence Cummings, you can expect a performance that brings out all the energy, freshness and sheer inspiration of this timeless masterpiece.

Brahms Hungarian Dances No.1, 3 and 5 Liszt Piano Concerto No.1

Prokofiev Cinderella Suite No.1

Ravel La Valse – Alan Buribayev conductor Alice Sara Ott piano – Sponsored by

Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

Celebrate the new year on your toes, with a dance-themed evening of flashing eyes, seductive rhythms and pure imagination. We’re delighted to introduce the charismatic young Kazakh conductor Alan Buribayev to Liverpool in a programme that begins with the flying fiddles of Brahms’s popular Hungarian Dances, and ends in the haunted ballroom of Ravel’s decadent La Valse. In between comes Prokofiev’s enchanting fairy-tale ballet – composed in Alan Buribayev’s home town of Almaty! – and the Liverpool debut of Alice Sara Ott, the young German pianist whose playing has been called “perfect”. Expect her to find all the fantasy – as well as the fireworks – in Liszt’s devilish First Piano Concerto. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Sophie Bevan soprano

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Classic FM Series

Henry E Rensburg Series Sunday Afternoon Classics

Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 January 7.30pm

German Romantics Thursday 24 January 7.30pm & Sunday 27 January 2.30pm

Grieg Holberg Suite

Wagner Overture, The Flying Dutchman

All points North: Edvard Grieg looked back to the elegance of 18th-century Scandinavia and wrote the kind of music Sibelius that makes you feel glad to be alive. Jean Violin Concerto Sibelius strode out into a wintry gale – Tchaikovsky and came up with the most bracing and Symphony No.6 ‘Pathétique’ brilliant of all violin concertos, played tonight by the award-winning British – virtuoso Jack Liebeck. And Piotr Vasily Petrenko conductor Tchaikovsky…was any composer more Jack Liebeck violin in touch with his feelings, or able to – express them more grippingly, tunefully Classic Intro 6.15pm and heartbreakingly than he did in his Thursday 17 January overwhelming Sixth Symphony? To say Stephen Johnson talks about tonight’s that Vasily Petrenko has this music in programme which includes the Sibelius his blood is an understatement: this Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. Stephen broadcasts should be unforgettable. frequently for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 Service and is the author of Bruckner – Remembered and studies of Mahler and This concert is linked to: Wagner. He also presents Radio 3’s Discover the Classics Discovering Music and is a regular Saturday 12 January 11am-1pm contributor to the BBC Music Magazine.

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Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4

Brahms Symphony No.4 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Leif Ove Andsnes piano – Sponsored by

Post-concert Discussion Thursday 24 January

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Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes answer your questions about tonight’s performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

A blast of wind, a flurry of rain, and the tang of salt on your lips: you wouldn’t think you could experience all that in music. So wait until you hear Richard Wagner’s Flying Dutchman overture – and that’s just the start of a concert in which feelings run deep, whether in the quiet poetry of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, or the dark-hued, bighearted sadness of Brahms’ magnificent final symphony. We’re especially thrilled to welcome the superb Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in his long-awaited Liverpool debut: his renowned charisma should make him the ideal musical partner for Vasily Petrenko. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 ‘Andsnes created poetry of the quietest sort. Something diaphanous and dangerously delicate filled the hall, and triumphed’ The Philadelphia Enquirer

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Henry E Rensburg Series

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: A 65th birthday tribute concert Saturday 2 February 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Petrenko’s Shostakovich Thursday 7 February 7.30pm

Including hits from: Love Never Dies, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Woman in White, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Sunset Boulevard, and Song and Dance

Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

The nation’s favourite songsmith, Andrew Lloyd Webber® hasn’t been out of the public eye for decades – as a musical composer, theatre impresario, and now talent show judge. He’s broken records, won awards aplenty, and topped charts around the world. Join us as we revel in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s® unforgettable technicolor tunes, in the company of great West End vocalists. Expect a night packed with all your best-loved songs, from Don’t Cry For Me Argentina to Love Changes Everything, Any Dream Will Do and Memory. Produced by arrangement with The Really Useful Group and in association with West End International.

Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

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Patrons’ Thank You Concert

Mark-Anthony Turnage Cello Concerto

UK Premiere – commissioned by Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Gewandhaus zu Leipzig

Shostakovich Symphony No.4 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Paul Watkins cello – Sponsored by

‘Vasily Petrenko never downplays a fortissimo, and my spine is still shuddering from the 11 extra brass unleashed at the climaxes of the Leningrad Symphony.’ The Times on Shostakovich’s Symphony No.7, performed in January 2012.

“A terrific performance,” “profound and passionate” “a triumph”. Critics around the world have been running out of superlatives to describe Vasily Petrenko’s Shostakovich symphony recordings with the Orchestra. Yet they’re even more powerful when you hear them live. This evening, Petrenko tackles the mighty Fourth Symphony: music so dangerous that it was all but banned for a quarter-century. First, though, Paul Watkins gives the first UK performance of the new Cello Concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage – the onetime bad boy who’s still Britain’s coolest and most accessible living composer. Arvo Pärt’s haunting mini-masterpiece, which we include to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, is the serene opening to a big night in Liverpool music. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36


Pops

Classic FM Series

Valentine’s Classics Thursday 14 & Saturday 16 February 7.30pm

The Four Seasons Wednesday 20 & Thursday 21 February 7.30pm

Programme to include:

Tchaikovsky Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite Ravel Boléro –

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Swept off your feet by Ravel’s Spanish passion? Swooning into the arms of Bruch’s lovely First Violin Concerto? Dreaming of hot Italian nights like Martucci’s moonlit Nocturne? Or simply head-over-heels for the starcrossed lovers of Prokofiev’s and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet? No matter what your idea of romance, this Valentine’s night concert is guaranteed to put you in the mood. There’s good reason why they say music is the food of love! Bring a special someone. Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

JS Bach Suite No.1 in C

WF Bach Concerto in F minor for Harpsichord

Vivaldi The Four Seasons – Ottavio Dantone conductor/harpsichord Giuliano Carmignola violin –

Giuliano Carmignola has been called “the prince of baroque violinists”, and last year, when Gramophone Magazine compared hundreds of different recordings of The Four Seasons, Carmignola came out on top. He makes his Liverpool debut with fellow Italian Ottavio Dantone, the conductor who makes baroque music sparkle like a glass of prosecco. With one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most inspired masterpieces in the first half, this is a concert to refresh the spirit and delight the ears.

Classic Intro 6.15pm Thursday 21 February Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 Dr Giles Hooper, Head of School at University of Liverpool’s School of Music, ‘Carmignola discovers the poetry in discusses Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Vivaldi's music…Bravissimo signor, and thank you.’ International Record Review

Ottavio Dantone conductor/harpsichord

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Special

European Opera Centre: The Beggar’s Opera Friday 1 March 7.30pm

BRITTEN C E N T E N A R Y

Epstein Theatre (NB venue)

John Gay / Britten The Beggar’s Opera – Richard Farnes conductor Singers from the European Opera Centre and the Royal Northern College of Music

We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. A filthy beggar has scraped together some folksongs, stolen a story and written an opera. Crooks are heroes, wrong is right, and some of those tunes sound suspiciously like something you’ve heard down the pub. Meet Polly Peachum, Lucy Lockit and the original Mack the Knife (Macheath) in The Beggar’s Opera: the show that’s been outraging and entertaining audiences in equal measure since 1728. Opera North’s Richard Farnes makes his first appearance with the Orchestra in this riotous co-production with the European Opera Centre. Britten’s brilliantly imaginative score brings this work alive for the audiences of today. Tickets £25

Benjamin Britten with Tyrone Guthrie (Director of the first performances of The Beggar’s Opera in 1948), and Tanya Moiseiwitsch (Scenery and Costume Designer) / Denis De Marney Getty Images

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Classic FM Series

Petrushka Wednesday 13 & Thursday 14 March 7.30pm

Respighi, after Rossini La Boutique Fantasque

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.3

Stravinsky Petrushka – Vasily Petrenko conductor Denis Kozhukhin piano – Post-concert Discussion Thursday 14 March

(starts 15 minutes after the concert ends)

Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Denis Kozhukhin answer your questions about tonight’s performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

Petrushka loves the Ballerina and hates the Moor. The Moor loves the Ballerina – and so jealousy turns to murderous rage. Still, never mind: they’re only puppets…aren’t they? Stravinsky’s dazzling fairground ballet gets scarily close to the knuckle, and under Vasily Petrenko, this performance should be a major highlight of our year-long tribute to the Ballets Russes. Denis Kozhukhin, the award-winning young Russian pianist whose performances of Prokofiev’s concertos have been gaining rave reviews around the world makes his Liverpool debut. Our magical opener is Respighi’s deliciously tuneful Ballets Russes portrait of an enchanted toyshop. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Denis Kozhukin piano Photography © Marco Borggreve

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Gorgeous Gershwin Friday 5 & Saturday 6 April 7.30pm

Mahler’s 10th Symphony Thursday 21 & Saturday 23 March 7.30pm Mahler, completed by Cooke Symphony N0.10 – Vasily Petrenko conductor – Sponsored by

Classic Intro 6.15pm Thursday 21 March Norman Lebrecht, one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and politics, regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and author of Why Mahler? returns to Liverpool after his enthralling talk last year, to discuss Mahler’s 10th Symphony.

It was the musical equivalent of raising the Titanic. When musicologist Deryck Cooke rescued Mahler’s tantalisingly incomplete 10th symphony and put it back into the concert hall, he salvaged one of the most moving masterpieces of 20th century art: a huge, profoundly-felt meditation on the meaning of life itself. Great cries of pain turn into soaring songs of love, and musical puzzles yield up the most intimate of secrets. It’s a musical experience that leaves no-one who hears it unchanged. Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, whose sold-out Mahler Edition concerts over the last two years have wowed audiences and critics alike, this should be an emotionally charged high point of the season.

All-Gershwin programme: Cuban Overture Piano Concerto in F* Walking the Dog Variations on I Got Rhythm* American in Paris – John Wilson conductor Artur Pizarro* piano

Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 16 March 11am – 1 pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session, we’ll enjoy tea with Gershwin as we discover the stories behind his great Concerto in F.

Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40 Please note this performance will have no interval.

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Artur Pizarro piano Photography © Sven Arnstein

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“I got rhythm” – we’ll say! Whether he’s swinging through the streets of Manhattan, salsa-ing through the Cuban night or singing the blues in a Paris nightclub, when you’re on the town with George Gershwin you know you’re in for a great night out. The one and only Artur Pizarro tickles the ivories, and showbiz-maestro extraordinaire John Wilson makes sure it all goes with a swing, as the Orchestra presents a packed evening of Gershwin at his jazz-age best.


Classic FM Series

Petrenko’s Rachmaninov Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April 7.30pm

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Rachmaninov Symphony No.1 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Viviane Hagner violin ‘Listening to Viviane Hagner play the violin is an enchanting experience… she is both a thoughtful and brilliant violinist.’ Berliner Morgenpost ‘Petrenko packs a powerful emotional wallop, and I have no doubt that he and his dazzlingly accomplished band set new standards in this music’ The Classical Review on the Orchestra’s recording of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.3

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay, sayeth the Lord.” And taking his cue from those thunderous words, the young Sergei Rachmaninov launched himself headlong into the mother of all First Symphonies. Grand, dark, and blazing with unrequited passion, it’s a real gothic melodrama – and if you’ve heard Petrenko’s acclaimed recording of the Third Symphony, you’ll already know how he makes this music catch fire. So he’s beginning the concert with the exact opposite: the soaring melodies, radiant sunshine and deep serenity of Beethoven’s sublime Violin Concerto. Viviane Hagner’s deep sensitivity and glorious sound make her the perfect soloist for this loveliest of concertos. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Viviane Hagner violin Photography © Marco Borggreve

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Henry E Rensburg Series

Concerto for Orchestra Thursday 18 April 7.30pm

Chopin, orch. Stravinsky Grand Valse Brillante, Op.18 Nocturne, Op.32 No.2

Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C,K503

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra – Ryan Wigglesworth conductor Paul Lewis piano – Post-concert Discussion

(starts 15 minutes after the concert ends) Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and pianist Paul Lewis answer your questions about tonight’s performance in the Grand Foyer Bar.

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 13 April 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session, we’ll rejoice in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25 and its sister symphony, the Prague.

Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra begins in darkness, and ends with a shout of joy. In between comes the ultimate work-out for orchestra: 40 minutes of zingy tunes, fabulous colours and raw feeling. Though Bartók was dying when he wrote it, this is simply one of the most life-affirming experiences in 20th century music, and a glorious showcase for the Orchestra under the brilliant young conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Another guest makes a welcome return: no-one plays Mozart with more style than Liverpool-born Paul Lewis. And no-one gives Chopin a spicier twist than Igor Stravinsky, as two romantic favourites get a magical Ballets Russes makeover. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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See page 42 for more information Paul Lewis piano Photography © Harmonia Mundi / Eric Manas

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Sunday Afternoon Classics

Saturday Series

Paul Lewis performs Mozart Sunday 21 April 2.30pm

Rossini’s Mass Saturday 27 April 7.30pm

Chopin, orch. Stravinsky Grand Valse Brillante, Op.18 Nocturne, Op.32 No.2

Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C,K503

Liadov Baba Yaga The Enchanted Lake

Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ – Ryan Wigglesworth conductor Paul Lewis piano – This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 13 April 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. In this session, we’ll rejoice in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25 and its sister symphony, the Prague.

When the young Felix Mendelssohn visited Italy, something wonderful happened. His Italian Symphony positively dances with joy: from spirited opening to whirling folk-dance finish, it’s a picture-postcard come to exuberant, sunshiny life, and it’s as much fun to play as it is to listen to, so expect the Orchestra to let their hair down for our brilliant young guest conductor Ryan Wigglesworth. Another guest makes a welcome return: no-one plays Mozart with more style than Liverpool-born Paul Lewis. And no-one gives Chopin a spicier twist than Igor Stravinsky, as two romantic favourites get a magical Ballets Russes makeover.

Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle – Ottavio Dantone conductor Laura Giordano soprano Anna Bonitatibus mezzo-soprano Yijie Shi tenor Riccardo Novaro bass Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Gioachino Rossini was a good Catholic boy, but he was also a showman. “Oh Lord” he prayed, “you know as well as I do that I was born to write comic opera”. So when he came to write his “Little Solemn Mass”, he just couldn’t help filling it with cheerful rhythms, brilliant operatic solos and tune after irresistibly hummable tune. Sacred music just doesn’t get any more entertaining than this, and conductor Ottavio Dantone simply adores it. He’s brought with him a hand-picked team of star soloists who share his love for Rossini; and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, the result should be sparkling! Please note, this concert has no interval.

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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Laura Giordano soprano

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Henry E Rensburg Series

Shostakovich’s Masterpiece: Symphony No.14 Thursday 2 May 7.30pm Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra

Shostakovich Symphony No.14 – Vasily Petrenko conductor Daniel Müller-Schott cello Olga Mykytenko soprano Alexander Vinogradov bass – Sponsored by

‘The magnetic young German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott administered a dose of adrenaline ... a fearless player with technique to burn.’ New York Times

Daniel Müller-Schott cello Photography © Christine Schneider

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BRITTEN C E N T E N A R Y

“Everything I have written, over all these long years, has merely been a preparation for this one work.” Shostakovich wasn’t sure whether his Fourteenth Symphony was even a symphony at all. He just knew that it was his masterpiece. And this soulshaking meditation on life, death and tyranny, premiered in the week The Beatles released Abbey Road, is certain to be a landmark in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally-acclaimed Shostakovich cycle. The masterly German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott gives a rare performance of the moving Cello Symphony by Shostakovich’s great friend (and dedicatee of the Fourteenth Symphony) Benjamin Britten. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36


Saturday Series

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony Saturday 11 May 7.30pm

Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor

Bruckner Symphony No.6 – Thomas Dausgaard conductor Nelson Freire piano –

Classic Intro 6.15pm Stephen Johnson (see 17 January) returns to talk about Bruckner’s Symphony No.6, one of the composer’s least-performed and most enigmatic works.

Bruckner’s symphonies have been called “cathedrals in sound”. Yet they’re so much more than that, and the Sixth is arguably the loveliest of them all: a sweeping Austrian landscape glowing with all the composer’s own longing, tenderness and deep feeling. Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard is famous for his fresh, emotionally-charged approach to Bruckner – so whether you’re a Bruckner virgin or an aficionado, you might just be in for a wonderful surprise. First, though, another romantic journey, of an even more personal kind – as Dausgaard joins the great internationally acclaimed Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire in Schumann’s tender-hearted love letter of a piano concerto. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36 ‘Dausgaard's forces weaved through with authority and luminous beauty. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.’ The Times

Nelson Freire piano

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Classic FM Series

Enigma Variations Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 May 7.30pm

Richard Strauss Don Juan

Brahms Double Concerto

Elgar Enigma Variations – Alexander Shelley conductor Mari Samuelsen violin Håkon Samuelsen cello

Two’s company. Brahms was shy about writing a plain cello concerto, so he arranged to have the cello “chaperoned” by an old friend: the violin. The result was pure autumn magic, and this evening, as we welcome the remarkable brother-and-sister team Mari and Håkon Samuelsen as soloists, all Brahms’ warmth, joy and nostalgia should come soaring through. Meanwhile, from Nimrod to Dan the bulldog, the “friends pictured within” Elgar’s Enigma Variations are old acquaintances of Liverpool audiences. The British conductor Alexander Shelley brings them vividly alive – and gives a shot of youthful verve to Strauss’ rocketing, testosterone-fuelled portrait of the world’s greatest lover!

Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

Mari Samuelsen violin & Håkon Samuelsen cello Photography © Charlotte Spetalen

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‘Dazzling in their intelligence, the two [Mari and Håkon Samuelsen] played together as a mirror, with perfection, with great brilliance and virtuosity - a joyful and optimistic performance of the Brahms concerto’. Grazia Italia

The Orchestra at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (2011) where The Rite of Spring was premiered Photography © Mark McNulty


Henry E Rensburg Series

Sunday Afternoon Classics

The Rite of Spring Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May 7.30pm

The Emperor Sunday 2 June 2.30pm

Falla Suite, The Three Cornered Hat

Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Borodin Polovtsian Dances* Stravinsky The Rite of Spring – Vasily Petrenko conductor Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir* –

Classic Intro 6.15pm Thursday 23 May Paul Griffiths discusses Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paul worked for thirty years as a music critic in London and New York. He is known particularly as a writer on new and recent music, his Modern Music and After, now in its third edition, being the standard work on music since 1945. He wrote the volume on Stravinsky for the Master Musicians series and has been commissioned by the Sacher Foundation to contribute to a centenary volume on The Rite of Spring.

Paris, May 1913: and with 30 minutes of explosive sound, Igor Stravinsky blew 20th-century music sky-high. That first performance of The Rite of Spring ended in chaos – and we’re still feeling the aftershock today. The Rite remains one of the most thrillingly physical experiences in all music, and now, 100 years after that incredible first night, where the work literally caused a riot, Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestra prepare to unleash hell all over again. It’s the shattering climax of a concert that recreates the original programme of that incredible night at the Ballets Russes, from the Russian colour of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances to the silken beauty of Debussy’s Prélude.

All-Beethoven programme Leonore Overture No.3 Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ – Andrew Manze conductor Steven Osborne piano –

Classic Intro 1pm Conductor Andrew Manze talks about the works in this afternoon’s concert.

Radical, poet, visionary, hero. No one composer says more – or says it more grippingly – than Ludwig van Beethoven. And no conductor tackles Beethoven with more freshness, spontaneity or verve than Andrew Manze. The stirring Leonore Overture sounds the call to action, before British pianist Steven Osborne gives his all to Beethoven’s grandest and most romantic piano concerto, the ‘Emperor’. Then Manze and the Orchestra let fly with the symphony that changed the course of musical history – the mighty ‘Heroic’ symphony, inspired by Napoleon but dedicated to freedom. Music simply doesn’t get any more stirring. Tickets £13, £18, £24, £29, £36

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‘With Manze around, musical life is not going to be dull…The man is a total energizer.’ The Herald Scotland

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Saturday Series

Entry of the Gods Saturday 8 June 7.30pm

All-Wagner programme

Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (Das Rheingold)

Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walküre)

Forest Murmurs (Siegfried)

Siegfried’s Funeral March (Götterdämmerung)

Tristan und Isolde, Act III – Vasily Petrenko conductor

Richard Berkeley-Steele (tenor) Tristan Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet (soprano) Isolde Phillip Joll (baritone) Kurwenal

On a desolate shore by the Irish Sea, a broken Sir Tristan lies wounded and betrayed. He grasps at dreams, sighs with pain, and prays for the one thing that can still redeem him – the allconsuming love of his adored Isolde. Richard Wagner didn’t just write operas: he created worlds. Tonight, Vasily Petrenko, the Orchestra, and a superb team of international singers take you on an incredible voyage through the timeless myths of Wagner’s great Ring Cycle, to the transcendent Third Act of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Tickets £16, £21, £28, £33, £40

This concert is linked to: Discover the Classics Saturday 1 June 11am-1pm

Let Classic FM’s Creative Director and Presenter, Tim Lihoreau, take you on a relaxed learning journey on Saturday mornings. This week we look at Tristan und Isolde, one of history’s most enduring love stories.

See page 42 for more information Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet Isolde

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New! Coffee Concerts Join us for a new series of informal one-hour concerts at mid-day, featuring the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Enjoy a delightful combination of inspirational music and good company served with refreshments on three afternoons throughout the year. The Orchestra will be in casual dress and the conductors will chat briefly about the works performed. These concerts will take place from 12pm – 1pm, preceded by complimentary coffee, tea and biscuits in the Grand Foyer Bar. A free programme is included in the ticket price. Why not visit Rubato, our Café Bar, for lunch afterwards?

Wednesday 19 September 12pm

Vasily Petrenko conducts Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Mozart’s Symphony No.35

Friday 25 January 12pm

Vasily Petrenko conducts Brahms’ Symphony No.4

Wednesday 13 February 12pm

To include Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. Tickets £15


Behind the Music at Liverpool Philharmonic Discover the Classics 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 from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/13 season.

The 7 sessions will feature commentary by Tim animated with short musical extracts performed by Liverpool Philharmonic musicians, plus opportunities for questions, discussion and fun, lively debate. A great way to spend your Saturday mornings!

Sessions take place on Saturdays from 11am – 1pm in the Rodewald Suite at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Tea and coffee provided.

Ballets Russes Saturday 8 September

From 1919 to 1929, the Ballets Russes, one of the world’s most influential ballet companies, commissioned some of the finest musical brains of the age. We’ll explore the stories behind the composers Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie and more. Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will join us to discuss the works. Linked to 12/13 September programme page 12

Movie Maestro Saturday 6 October

A towering figure in great film music steps into the spotlight. Now 80, John Williams is the world’s most popular classical composer and has written the music to some of the most memorable films of our time. Conductor Richard Kaufman,who has devoted much of his musical life to conducting music for film and television productions, as well as performing film music in concert halls, joins the discussion. Bring your own popcorn as we explore how the music we all know came to life with the films we all love! Linked to 6 October programme page 15

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Sergei and Nicolai Saturday 1 December

Today we indulge ourselves with the work – and the man – that freed Sergei Rachmaninov from composer’s block: the Piano Concerto No.2 and hypnotist Dr Nicolai Dahl. Discover what the composer went through to create this superromantic concerto. Linked to 5/6 December programme page 21

“9 Days of Autumn: 21 Days of Winter”: Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony Saturday 12 January

We’ll explore Tchaikovsky’s heartrendingly beautiful Symphony No.6, the ‘Pathetique’. Plus find out what “9 Days of Autumn: 21 Days of Winter” means! Linked to 16/17 January programme page 27

Apple Pie for Orchestra Saturday 16 March

Enjoy tea with Gershwin as we discover the stories behind his great Piano Concerto in F. As well as its original name, we’ll find out just what it was, on Broadway, that held it up. Linked to 5/6 April programme page 32

25 out of 27: A great score Saturday 13 April

Mozart’s 27 piano concertos are often called the backbone of his output. Today we’ll rejoice in number 25, one of Mozart’s longest concertos, and looking into its expansive and symphonic opening movements discover more about its frequently compared sister symphony, the Prague Symphony.

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From Bodmin to Bayreuth with Crazy Dick! Saturday 1 June

A delicious look at Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, one of history’s most enduring love stories in a tale which starts in Cornwall and ends in a purposebuilt opera house in Bavaria. Linked to 8 June programme page 40

Tickets £15 per session or £90 for a series of 7 sessions. Concessions (claimants and students) £10 per session and £60 for the series.


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

Each series includes three events, a mixture of Lunchtime Concerts performed by musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and opportunities to experience full orchestra rehearsals at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Each event also includes a 45-minute interactive workshop in the Rodewald Suite exploring the music to be featured in the concert/rehearsal. Workshops include discussion, music activities and opportunities to socialise. Tea and coffee provided.

Please note that Orchestra rehearsals may not cover all listed repertoire.

Autumn Series

Winter Series

Spring Series

Stravinsky’s Firebird Rehearsal visit Tuesday 11 September 1pm

Lunchtime Concert Thursday 17 January 12pm

Concerto for Orchestra Rehearsal visit Wednesday 17 April 1pm

Vasily Petrenko conductor Simon Trpčeski piano – The Virtuoso Cello Rehearsal visit Wednesday 31 October 1.30pm

Ian Buckle piano Ruth Davies oboe Tom Verity clarinet Tim Jackson horn Helen Peller bassoon – Petrenko’s Shostakovich Rehearsal visit Thursday 7 February 2pm

Music of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky

Music of Sollima & Haydn

Vasily Petrenko conductor Giovanni Sollima cello Jonathan Aasgaard cello – Lunchtime Concert Thursday 29 November 12pm

Music of Handel, Kraggerud and Ravel

James Clark violin Jonathan Aasgaard cello

Beethoven and Mozart quintets for piano and winds

Shostakovich Symphony No.4

Vasily Petrenko conductor – Petrushka Rehearsal visit Tuesday 12 March 1pm

Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Stravinsky’s Petrushka Vasily Petrenko conductor Denis Kozhukhin piano

Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C K503 Ryan Wigglesworth conductor Paul Lewis piano – Ballet for Brass Lunchtime concert Thursday 16 May 12pm

Ballet music by Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky – Tristan and Isolde Rehearsal visit Thursday 6 June 1pm Music of Wagner

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Tickets Each series £45 per person Concessions £30 per person

(claimants/students and community groups –

minimum 5 people)

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Classic Intros Our free pre-concert talks and interviews with visiting artists and scholars are a great way to get more from the performance.

The talks are free to all ticket-holders.

Wednesday 12 September 6.15pm page 12

Dance Historian Dr Giannandrea Poesio, reader in Dance at University of Bedfordshire and dance critic for The Spectator, focuses on the cultural and artistic contexts that informed and underpinned the creation of Stravinsky’s Firebird – with particular attention to the choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky.

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Saturday 27 October 6.15pm page 17 Conductor Carl Davis in discussion about the film Ben-Hur, the most expensive Hollywood production of its time, with Patrick Stanbury and Kevin Brownlow from PhotoPlay, the company who restored the film. – Thursday 17 January 6.15pm page 27 Stephen Johnson talks about tonight’s programme which includes the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony. Stephen broadcasts frequently for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Service and is the author of Bruckner Remembered and studies of Mahler and Wagner. He also presents BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music and is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine. – Thursday 21 February 6.15pm page 29 Dr Giles Hooper, Head of School at University of Liverpool’s School of Music, discusses Vivaldi’s The Four

Seasons. Giles has wide-ranging research interests including twentieth-century music, critical theory and analysis. He is particularly interested in inter- or crossdisciplinary approaches that seek to interpret different repertoires of music – classical, popular, film – from a range of critical perspectives; and also why different types of music tend to be valued differently and often appear to attract different audiences. – Thursday 21 March 6.15pm page 32 Norman Lebrecht, one of the most widely-read commentators on music, culture and politics, regular presenter on BBC Radio 3 and author of Why Mahler? returns to Liverpool after his enthralling talk last year, to discuss Mahler’s 10th Symphony. – Saturday 11 May 6.15pm page 37 Stephen Johnson (see 17 January) returns to talk about Bruckner’s Symphony No.6, one of the composer’s least-performed and most enigmatic works.

Thursday 23 May 6.15pm page 39 Paul Griffiths discusses Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paul worked for thirty years as a music critic in London and New York. He is known particularly as a writer on new and recent music, his Modern Music and After, now in its third edition, being the standard work on music since 1945. He wrote the volume on Stravinsky for the Master Musicians series and has been commissioned by the Sacher Foundation to contribute to a centenary volume on The Rite of Spring. – Sunday 2 June 1pm page 39 Conductor Andrew Manze talks about the works in this afternoon’s concert which includes Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.


Off the Podium: Post-concert Discussions

The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience

Off the Podium is a series of free informal post-concert Q&A sessions about music from the evening’s programme. This is your chance to ask questions of world-famous artists and hear their perspectives on the music. The events are free to all ticketholders and sessions begin 15 minutes after the concert ends in the Grand Foyer Bar.

The perfect introduction to Liverpool Philharmonic, The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience comprises a guided tour of the unique Art Deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as well as the chance to watch a rehearsal by the awardwinning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Refreshments are provided.

Discussions will last around 45 minutes.

Saturday 17 November page 19 Conductor John Wilson and violinist Tasmin Little Thursday 24 January page 27 Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Thursday 14 March page 31 Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Denis Kozhukhin Thursday 18 April page 34 Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and pianist Paul Lewis

The experience lasts approximately 3 hours.

Liverpool Philharmonic Experience sponsored by

Tour dates are published on www.liverpoolphil.com from the following dates:

Tours September-December 2012 Booking opens 1 August 2012 Tours January-March 2013 Booking opens 1 December 2012 Tours April-July 2013 Booking opens 1 March 2013 Tickets are available at a reduced rate of £7 per person for groups or individuals living within the Liverpool City Council district. Tickets for groups and individuals based outside of Liverpool are £15 per person (discounts for groups of 30 or more). Tours are available on selected dates only and must be prebooked in advance. Special rates for tours and music making workshops are available for educational groups. Tours can be booked by calling 0151 709 3789 or online at www.liverpoolphil.com

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SuperOrchestra! SuperSing! Your chance to perform on stage at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall!

These exciting events promise to be challenging and great fun, providing opportunities to work with top class conductors and perform alongside professional musicians.

SuperOrchestra! Orchestral musicians of Grade 4 standard and up are invited to take part in this unique event where you’ll rehearse and perform well-known orchestral works alongside musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saturday 15 June 2013 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Morning Sectional rehearsals Afternoon Full rehearsal Early evening concert

Participant places and audience tickets can be booked through Box Office on 0151 709 3789 or online at www.liverpoolphil.com/superorchestra. Audience tickets for the concert are £3.

Participant fee £27 Concessions £13.50 (claimants only)

Repertoire will be announced when booking opens in September.

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SuperSing! Previous singing experience is not required but energy and enthusiasm are essential!

Rehearsals take place over a period of six sessions, so you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the music and really impress your friends and family. For the final concert you’ll be joined by an accompanying ensemble of professional musicians. Two SuperSings! are available in 2013. Each will focus on a different genre of music which will be announced when booking opens in September. Participant fee £50 Concessions £25

(income support claimants only)

Participant places and audience tickets can be booked through Box Office on 0151 709 3789 or online at www.liverpoolphil.com/supersing. Audience tickets for the concert are £3.


Chamber Music

The Complete Schubert Cycle Paul Lewis piano Tuesday 9 October 7.30pm

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series features performances by some of the world’s finest string quartets, vocalists and recital artists.

Schubert Piano Sonata No.19 in C minor, D958

Concerts take place in the splendid setting of St. George’s Hall Concert Room. Considered by many to be the most beautiful room in the building, this 480seat venue features elegant decoration in white, honey, and cream and a cast iron ‘wickerwork’ balcony supported by female figures. A superb crystal chandelier hangs in the middle of the room while Ravenhead glass mirrors situated at the back of the stage create stunning reflections.

Schubert Piano Sonata No.20 in A major, D959

Schubert Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat major, D960

Paul Lewis’ ongoing journey through Schubert’s piano sonatas and songcycles was one of the highlights of last season in Liverpool. Now he concludes his exploration of the piano sonatas with the sublime final triptych: three profoundly different masterpieces, written in the last weeks of the composer’s life and united by the beauty and intimacy of their vision. Tickets £25 ‘Paul Lewis’s exploration of Schubert’s late piano music and song cycles is one of the most compelling concert series of the moment’ The Guardian

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Brodsky Quartet Tuesday 6 November 7.30pm

Wolf-Ferrari Italian Serenade

Puccini Crisantemi

Verdi String Quartet in E minor Bridge Three Idylls

Elgar String Quartet in E minor

Julian Lloyd Webber cello John Lenehan piano Thursday 15 November 7.30pm It’s hard to believe that this is the Brodsky Quartet’s 40th Anniversary tour – they’re still a byword for everything that is freshest, friendliest and most open-minded in British chamber music. This anniversary programme celebrates the full range of the Romantic string quartet; from the vibrant Italian melody of Verdi’s delightful only Quartet, to Elgar’s lengthening shadows and the very English spring magic of Frank Bridge. Tickets £25

Bach Adagio in G

Debussy Sonata Fauré Elegy

Delius Sonata

William Lloyd Webber In the Half Light / Nocturne

John Ireland Sonata

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‘Not only a group with a stellar international reputation. They are one of a handful of string quartets that have come to represent an elite in redefining the nature and function of a string quartet ensemble.’ The Herald Scotland

Julian Lloyd Webber cello Photography © Simon Fowler/EMI Classics

For over four decades, Julian Lloyd Webber has been one of Britain’s bestloved cellists – a born communicator, with a passionate commitment to rare and neglected British music. He joins forces with the hugely respected pianist John Lenehan for an anniversary tribute to Delius, and another forgotten British masterpiece by John Ireland; plus Debussy’s exquisite Sonata and a carefully chosen selection of the beautifully-crafted miniatures that Lloyd Webber has done so much to reinstate in the repertoire. Tickets £25


Joglaresa Tuesday 11 December 7.30pm

The Complete Schubert Cycle Mark Padmore tenor Paul Lewis piano Tuesday 27 November 7.30pm Beethoven Mailied, Op.52 No.4

Neue Liebe, neues Leben, Op.75 No.2

Abendlied unterm gestirnten Himmel, Wo0150 An die ferne Geliebte, Op.98 Schubert Schwanengesang D957

Last season, Paul Lewis and Mark Padmore travelled the long and lonely road of Schubert’s song cycles: tonight, they come to journey’s end with Schwanengesang – the posthumous sequence that turns Schubert’s final thoughts in song form into a haunting postscript to a life cut short. The lovely, solitary Op.98 song cycle by Schubert’s inspiration and idol Beethoven should make a fitting contrast.

Blow Northerne Wynd – Belinda Sykes voice, bagpipes, director Sianed Jones voice, fiddle Ruth Fraser voice, harp Jean Kelly harp, voice Tim Garside dulcimer, percussion, voice

Tickets £25

‘Singer and pianist are perfectly matched in temperament and musicality, and every note has been lovingly considered...exquisitely thoughtful and refined.’ The Telegraph

Mark Padmore tenor Photography © Marco Borggreve

They were the unexpected smash of Christmas 2011: the medieval danceband that takes retro to a whole new level! Joglaresa ditch the trappings of modern Christmas, grab vielles, harps and bells and party like it’s 1399 – with an evening of riotous dance tunes, old English lullabies and traditional carols from across the British Isles. This year they’re joined by the phenomenal Welsh vocalist Sianed Jones for an evening that’s guaranteed to blow like a fresh northern wind, through even the most jaded of Christmas spirits. Tickets £25 ‘Joglaresa sing and play straight from the breast-bone.’ The Independent

Joglaresa

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Parker Quartet Tuesday 29 January 7.30pm

Kate Royal soprano Malcolm Martineau piano Tuesday 15 January 7.30pm Programme to include songs by Schubert, Wolf and Richard Strauss

Singing in major opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic, and admired by Sir Simon Rattle, Kate Royal has emerged as one of the most compelling dramatic sopranos of her generation. In this recital, she joins a legend amongst lieder pianists in the songs of Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss: each one an opera in miniature, and perfectly chosen for this wonderfully charismatic singer.

Mozart String Quartet No.23 in F major, K590

Ligeti String Quartet No.2

Dvor˘ák String Quartet No.11 in C major, Op.61

Tickets £25

Tickets £25

‘Royal cast her spell from her opening notes…and right up to the end of the recital, I was utterly in her thrall…Her command of German was not only abundantly apparent, but her musical interpretation of the texts revealed a sincere and deep understanding of the poetry she sang’. Opera Britannia

Kate Royal soprano Photography © Esther Haase/EMI Classics

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The Parker Quartet plays in children’s venues, night-clubs – and Carnegie Hall. Since its first appearance in 2002, this brilliant young American quartet has built a reputation for innovation, and their recording of the Ligeti string quartets won a Grammy in 2010. Ligeti’s bristling, shimmering Second Quartet is the highlight of tonight’s concert: a revealing counterpoint to Mozart’s spring-fresh F major Quartet, and Dvor˘ák’s sunlit Bohemian rhapsodies.

Parker Quartet


Praz˘ák Quartet Tuesday 9 April 7.30pm

Arcanto Quartet Saturday 9 March 2.30pm (note start time)

Mozart String Quartet No.18 in A major, K464

Hindemith String Quartet No.5, Op.32

Mendelssohn String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80

The names say it all. Antje Weithaas, Daniel Sepec, Tabea Zimmermann, and Jean-Guihen Queyras – four world-class soloists, coming together to play some of the greatest music in the repertoire. From the timeless beauty of Mozart to Mendelssohn’s darkly emotional late quartet, the Arcanto Quartet tackle everything they play with absolute belief and stunning virtuosity. This rare Liverpool appearance, a Saturday afternoon concert, comes ahead of an equally rare concert at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Mozart String Quartet No.22 in B flat major, K589

Dvor˘ák String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106

Janác˘ek String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’

Tickets £25

Tickets £25

‘Definitive may be the most over-used adjective in the critic’s vocabulary, but no single word more aptly describes the achievement by this magnificent foursome’. Chicago Tribune

‘The Arcanto Quartet is one of the most stimulating and enjoyable ensembles to listen to…. Freshness, close rapport, finesse, and a blend of eloquence and vitality have been hallmarks of its style ever since its debut.’ The Daily Telegraph Arcanto Quartet Photography © Marco Borggreve

For over forty years since they came together in Prague, the Praz˘ák Quartet has carried the flag for the great Czech tradition of string quartet playing. It goes without saying that they bring a uniquely personal insight to the music of Dvor˘ák and Janác˘ek. But tonight they also play one of Mozart’s gloriously inspired late quartets: music that remains, however familiar, both a supreme challenge and a sublime pleasure.

Praz˘ák Quartet

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Yundi Friday 19 April 7.30pm

Programme includes Sonatas by Chopin and Beethoven

Tine Thing Helseth trumpet Kathryn Stott piano Tuesday 14 May 7.30pm Yundi is already a legend – but it’s not just about his dazzling technique and superstar charisma: this former Chopin Competition winner charges everything he plays with poetic insight. Tonight, in a rare UK concert performance, he performs sonatas by Beethoven and Chopin, as well as exquisite Chinese miniatures. Book soon for what should be one of the most talked-about concerts this season.

Works by de Falla, Kurt Weill, Hindemith, Sibelius, Graham Fitkin and others. – Tine Thing Helseth trumpet Kathryn Stott piano

Tickets £25

Tickets £25

‘Gives ample proof that virtuosity needn't be empty-headed or lit by candelabra…Yundi Li already knows when to be subtle even when loud… there is always an artist in firm control, sculpting both tone and phrasing…powerful performances from a pianist who is sooooo handsome, and much more.’ The Times

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Liverpool audiences have already heard how Tine Thing Helseth can dazzle; tonight, she shows how the trumpet can sing. Hindemith’s powerful 20th century showpiece and a striking new work by Graham Fitkin complement lyrical romantic miniatures by Sibelius, Enescu, Falla and Ravel, as well as some magical folk-flavoured discoveries from Helseth’s native Norway. Expect to be charmed, entertained and – yes – moved by this wonderfully imaginative recital.

‘Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth in turn lent her gorgeous bugle-like tone to evoke, in the slow movement, a bleak, muted, bluesy, pathos.’ The Independent ‘Helseth’s musicality is a joy.’ The Arts Desk Tine Thing Helseth


Ensemble 10/10 Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s contemporary music group

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Frankenstein!! Wednesday 31 October 7.30pm

Theatre of Attractions Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm

Epstein Theatre

Edgard Varèse Octandre

Michael Daugherty Dead Elvis*

Elliott Carter Asko Concerto

HK Gruber Frankenstein!!

Ivor Hodgson A Little Light Music World Premiere

Annachiana Gedda new work

– Clark Rundell conductor Alan Pendlebury bassoon* Dan Shelvey & Andrea Tweedale chansonnieres World Premiere

Hope Cornerstone

“Dear mama and dear papa, baby vampire’s biting me!” Enter – if you dare – the world of HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! Superman’s lost his pants, rats turn into angels and the mad Doctor dances a drunken waltz. Still, that’s what you get when you throw pop culture, screaming, into the imagination of a maverick like Gruber. Elvis Presley doesn’t get off any more lightly in Michael Daugherty’s outrageous neon’n’chrome dance of death. North West-based composer Ivor Hodgson turns a kindlier eye on the classics in his brand new A Little Light Music, while back in 1923, Edgard Varèse’s Octandre sees it all coming with ice-cool clarity, as conductor Clark Rundell gets the new 10/10 series off to a flamboyant start.

David Horne new work World Premiere

Kenneth Hesketh Theatre of Attractions

Harrison Birtwistle Silbury Air

Matthias Pintscher Depart

Rens Tienstra new work – Clark Rundell conductor

Tickets £10

Tickets £10

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Silbury Hill stands, vast and unknowable, above the ancient stones of Avebury. Who created it? And do their rituals still have power today? Harrison Birtwistle’s 1977 masterpiece is one of the landmarks of post-war music, a musical rite as unstoppable as history, and as urgent as this morning’s headlines. Kenneth Hesketh’s Theatre of Attractions asks the same questions of the city of Liverpool itself, weaving early film footage of the city into a magical meditation on time and transience. It’s part of 10/10’s contribution to the Cornerstone Festival 2012 – and because neither time nor music can stand still, conductor Clark Rundell opens with a world premiere by former Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra composer-in-residence David Horne.


Dances Wednesday 27 February 7.30pm

The Soldier’s Tale Wednesday 8 May 7.30pm

Hope Cornerstone

Graham Fitkin Track to Track

Louis Andriessen Dances Osvaldo Golijov Last Round

Stravinsky Danses Concertantes

Elizabeth Kelly new work – Clark Rundell conductor Rebecca Lea soprano

Epstein Theatre

Don’t stop moving! It’s all about rhythm: whether that means Graham Fitkin’s 21st-century railway rhythms (his tribute to London 2012), Osvaldo Golijov imagining the spirit of Astor Piazzolla tango-ing into the boxing ring, or modernist legend Louis Andriessen remaking Ancient Egyptian dance in his own, unmistakably beautiful, image. Clark Rundell conducts a programme of ringing colours and the sheer joy of movement – and crowns it with a definitive modern classic: Stravinsky’s Danses Concertantes, 71 years young and as vibrant today as it was back in the wartime USA. And as always, he showcases a freshly-minted work by one of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival’s rising European stars.

Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale Emily Howard Settle

Alessandro Anatrini new work

Tickets £10

Rebecca Lea

Returning from war, a soldier meets a sinister stranger. He offers him a bargain: the soldier’s violin in return for a book of untold riches. It seems like an easy choice – but this, after all, is a world in which the devil really does have all the best tunes. In troubled times, Stravinsky’s musical folk-tale remains as fresh, entertaining and unsettling as ever. Sitting comfortably? You won’t be. First, though, enter a very different world: Liverpool-born Emily Howard has emerged as one of the UK’s most compelling musical voices, and in Settle – written for Ensemble 10/10 in 2010 – she evokes a deeply-felt landscape of outer beauty and inward sorrow. If you haven’t yet heard her music, there’s no more moving introduction. Tickets £10

Emily Howard

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Family Concerts Liverpool Philharmonic Family Concerts bring children and adults together to experience the thrill of a live orchestra. These one-hour concerts are a great introduction to classical music for children aged 4-10 and their families. Each concert has a theme and you’re invited to join in by wearing fancy dress. Fidgeting is allowed so come along and give it a try! Children are invited to have a go on a variety of instruments from 2pm prior to each concert at our Instrument Petting Zoo!

Music from the Movies: John Williams’ Classics Saturday 6 October 2.30pm

Pirates Ahoy! Sunday 11 November 2.30pm

Richard Kaufman conductor –

Alasdair Malloy presenter and soloist –

A flourish of trumpets, a sweeping tune, and whether we’re in the deserts of Tatooine or amidst the towers of Hogwarts, that tingle down the spine tells us that we’re in John Williams country. Hollywood maestro Richard Kaufman presents a blockbuster tribute to the king of film music. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and of course Harry Potter… this is music that never loses its power to thrill, performed live by the spectacular Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets £10, £14 £6 children

Tickets £10, £14 £6 children

Music from the Movies

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Awesome Al, the cabin boy of our Pirate Ship, welcomes you aboard this suitably swashbuckling seafaring adventure. From the stirring sounds of Leroy Anderson’s Pirate March to the spectacular finale where everyone learns The Sailor's Hornpipe, this is an unforgettable voyage through uncharted waters in search of a treasure trove of musical gems. Beware a ghostly encounter with The Flying Dutchman, and escape Over the Waves to the Caribbean to join pirates singing about the Jamaican Rumba. Encounter Cap’n Jack Sparrow in music from the Pirates of the Caribbean films and test your nautical knowledge in our quiz Nautical Notes. Come dressed as a Pirate!


Frosty and Friends Friday 21 December 4.15pm Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 December 11.30am & 2.30pm

Sheherazade Sunday 24 February 2.30pm

Alasdair Malloy presenter Liverpool Philharmonic Training Choir & Melody Makers –

Brian Blessed The Great Sultan Rory Bremner Sinbad Greg Arrowsmith conductor

Christmas magic for families! Join Santa and his merry band of singing elves as they welcome Frosty the Snowman back to the stage of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in this hour-long Christmas singalong for the whole family. Don’t miss White Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Let it Snow, and, of course Frosty the Snowman! These concerts always sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets £12, £15 £8 children

Frosty and Friends

Written, directed and produced by Matt Parry –

In a new collaboration between Brian Blessed, Rory Bremner and Matt Parry, we present Sheherazade, an exciting and comical script perfectly aligned to every musical phrase of Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic work of the same name. Rory Bremner said "I loved being involved with this project - the idea of setting a funny and fast-moving script to the original music was inspired, creating a lively and engaging experience that I've rarely experienced in classical music productions for a younger audience. It could become a kind of ‘Peter and the Wolf ’ for a new generation.” A compelling and entertaining introduction to the orchestra, this concert is perfect for children aged 7+. ‘The script had me chuckling from start to finish’ Brian Blessed Tickets £15, £19 (£9 children)

Top: Brian Blessed / Rory Bremner Sheherazade © Melodramatic Productions

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic … We’re going on a Bear Hunt Sunday 14 April 2.30pm

The Firebird: Magical Music, Curious Creatures and Fabled Beasts Sunday 16 June 2.30pm

Alasdair Malloy conductor Dave Benson Phillips presenter with special guest Big Bear –

Alasdair Malloy presenter –

Bring your favourite teddy in his or her Sunday best for a lovely afternoon of music around the theme of a teddy bear’s picnic, including the return of Michael Rosen’s famous We’re Going on a Bear Hunt to music by Ian Stephens. Tickets £10, £14 £6 children

Learn about magical beasts in fable and fantasy. Find out about the Firebird with its wings of flame. Hear about notable Gnomes and troublesome Trolls in the hall of the Mountain King. Encounter enterprising Elves, a distant Dragon, a crowing Cockerel, a wicked Witch, a heroic Hobbit and even a pink Panther! Music includes excerpts from The Firebird (Stravinsky), In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt (Grieg), Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky), as well as music from the films Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Tickets £10, £14 £6 children

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Lunchtime Concerts A musical interlude to your busy day… These 45-minute concerts feature musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and start at 1.05pm.

Young Classical Artists Trust Artist

The convergence of the twain: A recital to mark the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the “Titanic” Thursday 4 October Looking out to sea – Departure

Haydn The Mermaid’s Song Britten Seascape from On this island Berlioz L’île inconnue from Les nuits d’été Bizet Douce mer

Voyage – the calm before the storm – tempest Schubert Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774 Schubert Meeres stille, D216 Schubert Son fra l’onde, D78 Devastation and loss

≥ Caroline MacPhie Thursday 4 October © Melodramatic Productions

Poulenc Les chemins de l’amour Strauss Allerseelen, Op.10, No.8 Trad. arr. Britten O waly waly Handel Farewell, ye limpid springs from Jephtha – Caroline MacPhie soprano Anna Tilbrook piano

Caroline is the recipient of numerous awards, including First Prize in the 2008 Emmy Destinn Awards in Prague, a Miriam Licette Scholarship (MBF), the Dame Eva Turner Award and the Blyth-Buesst Opera Prize (RAM), the Schubert Prize and the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is a 2011/12 Kirckman Society Artist and recently won a Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. ‘My personal favourite was the Lancashire-born Caroline MacPhie. Her light-lyric instrument was clean-toned and perfectly tuned, and she delivered an enterprisingly original programme…with flair, style and musical imagination’ The Daily Telegraph Tickets £6

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Thursday 8 November

Thursday 20 December

Thursday 21 February

Thursday 11 April

Stravinsky String Quartet

Jazz it Up! Nigel Dufty & friends Christmas Programme –

Prokofiev Quintet, Op.39

Mahler Piano Quartet in one movement

Britten String Quartet No.1 – Ensemble of St. Luke’s Alexander Marks violin Kate Marsden violin Robert Shepley viola Gethyn Jones cello Tickets £6

Thursday 29 November Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia

Henning Kraggerud Duo

Ravel Sonata for violin and cello – James Clark violin Jonathan Aasgaard cello Tickets £6

If you enjoy listening to cool yuletide songs of greats such as Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra…then you are in for a treat! The band will be performing a concert packed with classic tunes such as Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, The Perfect Year and Let It Snow. The line up will include piano, vocals, double bass, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and drums. Tickets £6

Thursday 17 January Beethoven Quintet in E flat for piano and winds Op.16

Mozart Quintet in E flat for piano and winds, K452 – Ian Buckle piano Ruth Davies oboe Tom Verity clarinet Tim Jackson horn Helen Peller bassoon

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Britten Sonata for violin and cello – Marcel and Friends

Marcel Becker, Principal Double Bass of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, presents virtuoso chamber music for the double bass. Tickets £6

Thursday 14 March Mozart Flute Quartet

Mozart String Quintet in C major, K515 – Cormac Henry flute Thelma Handy violin Concettina Del Vecchio violin Catherine Marwood viola Rebecca Walters viola Hilary Browning cello Tickets £6

Schumann Piano Quartet, Op.47 – Thelma Handy violin Fiona Winning viola Jonathan Aasgaard cello Ian Buckle piano Tickets £6

Thursday 16 May Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Brass –

A programme featuring major new arrangements by Principal Horn Tim Jackson of suites taken from two centre-pieces of the ballet repertoire: Stravinsky’s Pulcinella (premiered by the Ballets Russes in 1920) and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

Tickets £6


Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle Patron Dane Lam Principal Conductor

As the youth orchestra of Liverpool Philharmonic, its young musicians benefit from a prestigious association with one of the UK’s premier symphony orchestras and concert halls. For more information, visit www.liverpoolphil.com/joinyouthorchestra.

Sunday 18 November 7.30pm

Sunday 19 May 7.30pm

Ives Variations on America

Mussorgsky Night on a Bare Mountain

Elgar Cello Concerto

Holst The Planets – Dane Lam conductor Julian Lloyd Webber cello

Sunday 17 March 7.30pm Michael Torke Bright Blue Music

Prokofiev Selections from Cinderella Suite

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2* – Dane Lam conductor Vasily Petrenko conductor* Callum Smart violin

Vaughan Williams Prologue, Spring, Summer & Autumn from Folk Songs of the Four Seasons

Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 – Dane Lam conductor Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

Simon Emery director

Tickets £9 adults / £6 under 25s £2 Liverpool Young Musician Pass holders

BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010 string finalist

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Liverpool Philharmonic Hall > Level access is available to the foyer and box office from the Hope Street main Liverpool Philharmonic strives to be as entrance and Caledonia Street side accessible as possible to all patrons. entrance. Please let the Box Office know of your > Passenger lift and level access is specific requirements when booking available in the foyer to the stalls and your tickets in order to make best use of boxes in the auditorium and to the our facilities. Grand Foyer Bar, Rubato Café Bar and the Rodewald Suite (the venue for the To ensure they are available to those After 8 series and other events) who need them, spaces for wheelchair > Spaces for wheelchairs plus companions users are not available to buy online, are available in boxes 7 and 16, in the please visit or call Box Office on 0151 front and rear stalls, and in the Grand 709 3789 to purchase these tickets. Foyer Bar and Rubato Café Bar. > A Liverpool City Council controlled blue Ticketing policy for badge parking bay for up to six cars is available in front of the Caledonia Street customers requiring side entrance on a first come first served assistance basis. Wheelchair users and other customers > Unisex WCs are available in the outer who require a companion or carer to corridor of the auditorium close to Box assist their visit are entitled to a free 7, outside the Rodewald Suite and at the ticket for the companion/carer on rear of Rubato Café Bar. production of appropriate > An infra-red hearing enhancement identification. Seats for wheelchair system is available in the auditorium users and able bodied companions are which can be used with (with a necklace available at the front and rear of the loop and the hearing aid set to the ‘T’ stalls and in boxes 7 and 16. position) or without a hearing aid (with

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a headset). Necklace loops and headsets are available free of charge through a refundable deposit system at the foyer cloakroom (subject to availability). The box office has a low level counter to improve accessibility for wheelchair users and an Induction Loop hearing enhancement system for hearing aid users. Tickets can be booked by telephone via the Text Relay service (www.textrelay.org) during standard box office hours. Both bars in the Grand Foyer Bar have low level counters to improve accessibility for wheelchair users. Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building and water is available for them. Please advise the box office when purchasing your ticket if you are bringing an assistance dog.

Large print versions of the brochure are available from the marketing department by calling 0151 210 2895.

Hall Information

All areas of the building are non-smoking, including the bars. Alcohol and glassware are not permitted in the auditorium (including the boxes) at any time. The auditorium usually opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Please ensure that all mobile phones and other communications devices are switched off before entering the auditorium. Flash photography or recording of any performance in any format is strictly prohibited. Baby Changing Facilities Baby changing facilities are available in the WC in the outer corridor of the auditorium close to Box 7.

Available for hire

The Main Auditorium, Rodewald Suite, Green Room and other spaces at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall are available to hire for your prestigious event. For further information call Moira Hall on 0151 210 2896.


How to Find Us Public Transport

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is within walking distance of Lime Street and Central Stations. We are also on the frequent 74, 75, 80 and 86 bus routes. www.merseytravel.gov.uk has comprehensive transport information and a ‘Journey Planner’ service, or you can call Traveline on 0871 200 2233.

Directions from the M62

Continue along the motorway until its end and then follow the signs for the city centre, cathedrals and universities (c.3 miles). Turn left at the Metropolitan Cathedral and head along Hope Street (see map). If lost, use this maxim: find one cathedral, head for the other. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is halfway between the two.

St George’s Hall Concert Room

St George’s Hall is on William Brown Street in Liverpool city centre, directly opposite Lime Street Station. Access to the Concert Room is via the entrance on William Brown Street at the north end of the building. By car on entering the city follow signs for Lime Street train station. There are a number of nearby car parks, including Queen Square Car Park.

Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus

The entrance to Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, which comprises the Capstone Building and the Cornerstone Building, is from Shaw Street, opposite the Collegiate. There is car parking available on the campus from 45 minutes prior to evening performances. Please note that parking is limited and is on a first come, first served basis. Cost £3

By public transport Queen Square Bus Station and Lime Street Station are both less than 5 minutes walk away.

You can also park at the 24-hour Q-Park on Epworth St. Pick up a voucher at the campus for a discounted rate of £1.90 for up to 5 hours.

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Epstein Theatre

The Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre) is situated on Hanover Street on the adjacent corners of School Lane and Wood Street. The theatre is 2 minutes walk from Liverpool Central Station and 5 minutes from Liverpool Lime Street. The 74, 75, 80, 82 and 86 bus services stop on Hanover Street, and Liverpool One Bus Station is 3 minutes walk away. There is a nearby Q-Park Car Park on Hanover Street, L1 4AF (2 minutes walk away). Postcode navigation > L1 3DY

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These car parks are available Monday Friday after 5.30pm, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. Take ticket on entry at the barrier, and pay with ticket at pay machine before leaving. Cost > £2 up to 3 hrs £3 over 3 hrs

Situated on Upper Duke Street. Just a few minutes walk away the car park is generally open on concert nights from 5.30pm. Secure parking with CCTV monitoring and manned patrols. Cost > £3 on production of your concert ticket. Please ensure that concert tickets are produced and payment for car park is made at the Constable's Lodge on arrival.

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Situated opposite Philharmonic Pub. Secure all day parking. Cost > £6

Please note that car parks 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 are not operated by Liverpool Philharmonic. Times/prices were correct at time of print. Please check opening and closing times and prices of these car parks before parking.


Booking Information When to book Tuesday 1 May Postal booking opens for renewing subscribers, members and groups. Monday 14 May Subscription Booking Morning Join us from 9.30am – 1pm for coffee, tea and muffins in the Grand Foyer Bar. Our expert staff will be on hand to take your order and answer any questions you have. Please note this is a very popular event, so waiting times can be lengthy especially prior to 12pm.

Tuesday 15 May Telephone and in person booking opens for renewing subscribers, members and groups. Friday 1 June Booking opens for new subscribers Monday 11 June Public Booking Opens All Tickets On Sale!

How to book

Discounted tickets

Online www.liverpoolphil.com

Concessions Under 25s, students and claimants can purchase tickets for just £7 on production of appropriate identification (subject to availability and seating locations may be limited). Concession tickets do not apply to Coffee Concerts, Family Concerts, Lunchtime Concerts, New Year’s Eve, and Messiah and may be limited for other concerts.

Post/In Person Box Office, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP Telephone 0151 709 3789 Subscriptions can be booked only by telephone (0151 709 3789), in person or by post. Please note your credit card is charged when your order is received. Subscription tickets will be posted out in June. Direct Debits will be processed on the date specified on your form. Opening Hours Opening hours are from 9.30am (telephone bookings) and 10am (in person) until 5.30pm Monday – Saturday and for counter bookings up to 15 mins after the start of the performance on concert nights.

Open 12-5pm on Sundays for telephone bookings only and for counter bookings from 5.30pm on concert nights.

Young Musicians Pass Under 18, live in Liverpool and play a musical instrument? You can attend concerts for just £2! Call our box office on 0151 709 3789 for details. Tickets are offered subject to availability and no other discounts apply. Standby Tickets On the day of a concert, Senior Citizens may purchase half-priced tickets in person only at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Limit of 2 per person. Tickets can be purchased from 10am to 6.30pm only and are subject to availability. Not available for Lunchtime Concerts, Coffee Concerts, Spirit of Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Messiah and Family Concerts.

Disabled Patrons Wheelchair users and one companion are entitled to 50% off on production of appropriate identification. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has 10 wheelchair spaces available in the stalls. Other disabled patrons may also be eligible for a discount. Please call our box office on 0151 709 3789 for more information. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance to ensure the seats you require are available. Group Discounts Generous group discounts are available for most concerts:

Groups of 10-29 10% off Groups of 30-49 15 % off Groups of 50+ 20% off

For more details call Dawn Williams, Group Sales Coordinator, on 0151 210 2918 or email dawn.williams@liverpoolphil.com.

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Tickets Flexible Series Make up your own package and save! You can include any concert in this brochure (excluding Lunchtime) in your series. Book 4-6 4-6 concerts concerts Save10% 10% Book Save Book 7-11 concerts Save 15% Book 7-11 concerts Save 15% Book 12-19 concerts Save 20% Book 12-19 concerts Book 20 or more concertsSave Save25% 25%

Book 7 or more concerts and get a free ticket to the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra concert on 19 May, 2013 or a Discover the Classics session. See page 7 for more information on the benefits of subscribing! Fixed Series Fixed Series (Henry E Rensberg, Classic FM, Saturday Series) are a great way to enjoy regular concert-going. With a fixed series you can request the same seats for every performance and carry these over each year.

Don’t want to miss a single concert? The Marathon series includes tickets for every Orchestral concert* at a whopping 30% discount.

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Seating Plan Fixed Series

Henry E Rensburg Series – 10 Concerts 20 September, 11 October 29 November, 10 January 24 January, 7 February, 21 March, 18 April, 2 May, 23/24 May Classic FM Series – 9 Concerts 12/13 September, 3/4 October, 7/8 November, 5/6 December, 16/17 January, 20/21 February, 13/14 March, 10/11 April, 15/16 May Saturday Series – 8 Concerts 29 September, 3 November, 17 November, 24 November, 23 March, 27 April, 11 May, 8 June Sunday Afternoon Classics – 5 Concerts 23 September, 14 October, 27 January, 21 April, 2 June Pops Series – 9 Concerts 6 October, 27 October, 8 December, 15/21 December, 28 December, 30 December, 2 February, 14/16 February, 5/6 April

Booking Fees Subscription orders are subject to a £5 per order service charge (no per ticket fee applies). Credit and debit card bookings are subject to a £1.50 per ticket service charge. Cheques are subject to a £1 per order fee. There is a 75p per order charge to post tickets. £1.50 per ticket is charged for reprinting lost tickets.

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At Investec Wealth & Investment, we place tremendous value on supporting the arts and are excited by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2012/13 concert season. We are sure that Vasily and his talented colleagues will continue to thrill and inspire audiences with their outstanding performances.

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At Investec Wealth & Investment, we focus on ‘Extraordinary Performance’, an ethos which is perfectly exhibited in our partnership with Liverpool Philharmonic.

We are proud of our Liverpudlian heritage, our commitment and contribution to the city’s economy, and the strong, long-lasting relationships which we develop and nurture with our clients. These relationships are built on trust and understanding; valuable and often rare commodities in today’s complex financial world.

We are sure that this year’s concert season will see the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra deliver ‘Extraordinary Performances’ and are proud to continue our support of Vasily and the Orchestra.

Investec Wealth & Investment is proud to be a key partner of Liverpool’s truly world-class orchestra and will continue to work closely with the dedicated team at Liverpool Philharmonic. Our partnership demonstrates our strong commitment to Liverpool as a resurgent city and reflects our dedication to ensuring that enduring relationships

with both our partners in the arts, and with our clients, continue to stand at the very heart of our culture.

Investec Wealth and Investment Directors Jon Seal and David Owen pictured with Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive, Michael Eakin, Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.


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Sound the Trumpet

7.30pm

3

P12

P18

Tues

31

P12

The Virtuoso Cello

9

27

P43

7.30pm

2.30pm

31

P11

P16

11am

Sat

11

Lunchtime Concert

P42

Dvořák Delights Discover the Classics Family: Music from the Movies Film Music of John Williams Paul Lewis piano* Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto Classic FM Hall of Fame Carl Davis Conducts Ben-Hur Lunchtime Learning Ensemble 10/10: Frankenstein!!*

Sat

6

6

Dvořák Delights

P11

P19

P61

P20

P49

P43

P60 P20

P42 P21

P21

12

Sat

11am

16

Wed

17

Thu

24

Thu

7.30pm

27

Sun

2.30pm

17

17

25

29

Thu Fri

Tue

7.30pm 1.05pm

7.30pm 12pm

7.30pm

New Year’s Eve Concert

Messiah La Valse

Discover the Classics Kate Royal & Malcolm Martineau* Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony Lunchtime Learning Lunchtime Concert Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony German Romantics Coffee Concert German Romantics Parker Quartet*

February 2013 2

2 7

7

13

14

16

20 21

21

24

27

Sat

Sat

Thu

2.30pm 7.30pm

2pm

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lunchtime Learning

Thu

7.30pm

Thu

7.30pm

Coffee Concert

Wed

7.30pm

Valentine’s Classics

7.30pm

Lunchtime Concert

7.30pm

Family: Sheherazade

Wed

Sat

Thu

Thu

Sun

Wed

12pm

Petrenko’s Shostakovich

7.30pm

Valentine’s Classics

1.05pm

The Four Seasons

2.30pm

The Four Seasons Ensemble 10/10: Dances*

P22

March 2013

P22

9

P49 P23

P23

1

12

7.30pm

14

Thu

7.30pm

Sun

7.30pm

P57

16

P57

21

17

Thu Sat

Thu

P57

23

P57

April 2013

P23 P57

P23

P24 P25

P25

1pm

Wed

14

P22

Tue

7.30pm

2.30pm

13

P60 P23

Fri

Sat

5

6

9

10

11 11

13

Sat

Fri

Sat

Tue

Wed

Thu

Thu Sat

1.05pm

11am

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

EOC: The Beggar’s Opera* Arcanto Quartet*

Lunchtime Learning Petrushka Lunchtime Concert Petrushka Discover the Classics Youth Orchestra Mahler’s 10th Symphony Mahler’s 10th Symphony

Gorgeous Gershwin Gorgeous Gershwin

7.30pm

Praz˘ák Quartet*

7.30pm

Lunchtime Concert

1.05pm

11am

Petrenko’s Rachmaninov Petrenko’s Rachmaninov

P43

Sun

2.30pm

P60

27

7.30pm

Discover the Classics Family: Teddy Bear’s Picnic Lunchtime Learning Concerto for Orchestra Yundi* Paul Lewis Performs Mozart Rossini’s Mass

P27

May 2013

P27

8

7.30pm

7.30pm

Shostakovich’s Symphony No.14

7.30pm

Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony

P26

P26

P42

P50

P27

P41

P27

P50 P28

P28

P43

P28 P41

14

Sun

17

Wed

19

Fri

18

21

2

11

14

15

16

16

16

19

23

24

Thu Sat

Thu

Wed

Sat

Tue

Wed

Thu

Thu Thu

Sun

Thu

Fri

P29 P29

June 2013

P29

P60

2

6

Thu

P57

15

Sat

P29

P55

1

8

16

Sat

2.30pm

1pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

12pm

1.05pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

7.30pm

11am

Sun

2.30pm

Sat

7.30pm

Sun

2.30pm

1pm

Ensemble 10/10: The Soldier’s Tale* Tine Thing Helseth & Kathryn Stott* Enigma Variations

Lunchtime Learning Lunchtime Concert Enigma Variations Youth Orchestra The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring

Discover the Classics The Emperor Lunchtime Learning Entry of the Gods SuperOrchestra! Family: The Firebird

P30 P51

P43 P31

P60

P31

P42 P61

P32

P32 P32

P32

P51

P33

P60

P33

P42

P58

P43 P34

P52

P35

P35

P36 P55

P37

P52

P38 P43

P60

P38

P61

P39

P39

P42 P39

P43

P40

P46

P58

Events in italics are not concerts. *Concerts outside Liverpool Philharmonic Hall


Principal Funders

Thanks to the City of Liverpool for its financial support Principal Partner

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra The

in North West England

Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society A company limited by guarantee Registered in England number 88235 Registered charity number 230538 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Patron Her Majesty the Queen President The Rt Hon the Earl of Derby DL – Please note, programme is correct at time of going to print. For the most up to date information visit www.liverpoolphil.com – Designed by Paul Hooley with thanks to smilingwolf.co.uk Commissioned photography by Mark McNulty Cover image: Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra ≤ L to R: Gethyn Jones and Ian Bracken, cellists with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, backstage at the Grand Palace Hall, Bucharest 2011

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