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Welcome from Vasily Petrenko

It’s a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to stay in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic family. I am looking forward very much to continuing my relationship with our great Orchestra, and with our wonderful audiences.

The 2013/14 season sees some of our musical ideas of recent seasons evolving, and we are introducing new ones too. Four great international musicians, Bryn Terfel, Simon Trpčeski, Christian Lindberg and Andrew Manze are our Artists in Residence and they will be involved in all aspects of our music-making with the Orchestra, and through our learning programme. Their concert performances will feature repertoire for which they have achieved world-wide acclaim and which also reflects their personal musical influences and interests. We look forward to enjoying and learning from their love and knowledge of music.

We are continuing our contribution to the national celebrations marking the centenary in 2013 of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Our concerts will showcase his astonishing range and we are including, in an all-Britten programme in November, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which was given its world premiere concert performance by this Orchestra on 15 October 1946. We are also performing works by composers who influenced Britten, including Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, and Mahler, whose music we have explored through our Mahler Edition.

2014 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss. The prolific German composer wrote his first composition aged six! Strauss Edition will reflect the music of a composer whose career spanned more than eight decades. We will perform music by some of the great Russian composers including Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov; alongside composers whose music is also amongst the cornerstones of music - Brahms, Bach, Haydn, Elgar and Sibelius; and there is music that you may not yet have discovered, some enjoyable surprises!

Continuing our commitment to new music, we will give the world premiere performance of Percussion Concerto by Stewart Copeland, the former drummer of The Police and there are Liverpool debuts by soloists and conductors, as well as the return of familiar friends. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and some of our great principal players are in the spotlight in a season that also includes our popular Pops and Coffee Concerts, festive season and Family concerts, Chamber Music, new music with Ensemble 10/10 and opportunities to hear our youth ensembles.

Find out more about the music through our learning programme which includes pre and post-concert, lunchtime and Saturday morning talks with guest speakers, and opportunities to sit in on rehearsals and watch the Orchestra prepare for a concert performance. I hope you will join us to enjoy more great music in Liverpool.

Vasily Petrenko

Chief Conductor

To find out about the Orchestra’s concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall visit the What’s On section or browse the 2013/14 season brochure at

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Watch Vasily Petrenko and key figures from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a 2013/14 season teaser

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