Welcome from Vasily Petrenko
During our 175th anniversary, many people, including audience members, musicians and visiting artists, have been sharing their memories of Liverpool Philharmonic with us, their favourite musical experiences, and their hopes for our future, and the next chapter in our history.
Hearing and reading of these experiences reminds me and our musicians in the Orchestra of how much Liverpool Philharmonic means to so many people and the important role music plays in their lives. It also provides inspiration, as we celebrate our long and eventful history, to continue to look to the future, sharing our passion for music, and providing as many opportunities through all our ensembles, our performances at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and elsewhere, and our learning programme, for people of all ages in our communities to be part of and enjoy music-making.
Since arriving in Liverpool in 2006, I’ve been privileged to be welcomed into the Liverpool Philharmonic family. It’s a huge pleasure for me to have the opportunity to guide our Orchestra in the 21st century, following in the footsteps of many great musicians over 175 years, and I’m looking forward to continuing our musical journey with our great Orchestra and our wonderful audiences.
During 2015, we completed the refurbishment of our home Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. This has only been possible due to the fantastic support, which also extends to our artistic and learning programmes, of our Principal Funders, Arts Council england and Liverpool City Council, our Principal Partners, Investec Wealth & Investment and Liverpool John Moores university, sponsors, trusts and foundations, and the great generosity of many individuals.
I offer my personal thanks for such wonderful support and I hope you will join us to enjoy another season of great music-making in Liverpool.