Welcome from Vasily Petrenko
It is an honour for me to be Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra as we celebrate our 175th anniversary. When I came to Liverpool in 2006, I had only a little knowledge of our history. Since then, I have learnt so much more, and am full of admiration for what we have achieved with the support of the City and people of Liverpool.
I am proud to follow in the footsteps of such great artists such as Max Bruch, Charles Hallé, Malcolm Sargent, John Pritchard, Charles Groves, Libor Pešek, Petr Altricher and Gerard Schwarz. It is a great responsibility and also a great privilege for me to guide our Orchestra in the 21st century.
I am personally grateful for the support of our Principal Funders, Arts Council england and Liverpool City Council, the trusts and foundations, and the extraordinary generosity of many individuals who have made the refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall possible. I hope that you will like what you see when you come to hear our great Orchestra and enjoy our anniversary celebrations, because you made it possible.
Our history shows that Liverpool Philharmonic has never stood still, it has always evolved to serve Liverpool as one of the UK’s great music organisations.
I am looking forward to continuing our musical journey together as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic family as we begin the next exciting chapter in our story.