Get more from the music
Our free pre-concert Classic Intros and Off the Podium post-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.
A selection of Classic Intros are available to download and listen to again, so if you missed a talk visit our Listen Again page.
Upcoming Classic Intros
Thursday 16 January 6.15pm
Stephen Johnson talks about the music of Hindemith, Beethoven and Brahms. 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 27 February 6.15pm
Stephen Johnson talks about the music of Strauss, Panufnik and Rimsky-Korsakov. 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 10 April 6.15pm
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 Das Lied von der Erde.
Off the Podium: Post-concert Discussions
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. Discussions will last around 45 minutes.
Saturday 14 September
Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and soloists
Thursday 3 October
Conductor Andrew Gourlay and pianist Paul Lewis
Thursday 23 January
Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and joint leader James Clark
Sunday 2 March
Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and violinist Vadim Repin
Thursday 13 March
Conductor and Artist in Residence Christian Lindberg
Wednesday 23 April
Conductor Richard Kaufman
Thursday 15 May
Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist and Artist in Residence Simon Trpčeski