Review of the Year 2015-2016

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles presented an outstanding programme of concerts and events in Liverpool, across the UK and internationally.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall closed on 24 May 2014 for the major refurbishment of our Grade II* listed home. An electrifying final concert of the season the night before by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir included the world premiere of Poltroons in Paradise, commissioned from Stewart Copeland founder member and former drummer of seminal 80s band The Police.

With our Hope Street home temporarily closed, the 2014/15 season and the beginning of our 175th anniversary celebrations got underway in Liverpool in October at Liverpool Cathedral with Vasily Petrenko conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in the world premiere of the brilliant young American composer Nico Muhly’s Second Service.

The Orchestra returned to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, still in the midst of the refurbishment programme, with a concert programme that included the world premiere of the late James Horner’s Pas De Deux written for Norwegian brother and sister team, Mari and Håkon Samuelsen.

The performance in the same concert of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 marked the start of our celebration of the great Russian composer’s music, born 175 years ago in 1840, the same year that Liverpool Philharmonic was founded. Over the 2014/15 and 2015/16 concert seasons, the Orchestra has explored some of the composer’s greatest and most popular works, with Vasily Petrenko conducting all six of the composer’s symphonies. Marking other important musical anniversaries, Thomas Dausgaard conducted the Orchestra in Sibelius’s last three symphonies, Nos. 5, 6 and 7 during the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Thursday, 12 March 2015 marked the 175th anniversary to the day of Liverpool Philharmonic’s very first concert, organised by a group of Liverpool music lovers, and performed at Mr Lassell’s Saloon on Great Richmond Street in Everton.

Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, and Mendelssohn’s Die Erst Wurlpurgisnacht, a work also performed on the occasion of the Liverpool Philharmonic’s 75th anniversary in 1915, was performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and guest soloists conducted by Vasily Petrenko. The milestone was celebrated with two concerts on 12 and 14 March, performed to a sold-out Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.