Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company is formed of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir and Rushworth Young Composers. Around 200 young people, aged 12-23, from in and around Liverpool have the opportunity to develop their musical, creative and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge through a range of exciting activities, projects and events every year.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, led by Principal Conductor, Simon Emery, involves young people aged 13-23 from in and around Liverpool, and performs throughout the year at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and across the region. Founded in 1951 as Merseyside Youth Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra enjoys a reputation for high quality performances and excellent opportunities for its players. These include working with guest conductors, coaching and side by side performances with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians, workshops and masterclasses with international artists and concerto soloist opportunities. Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra alumni have gone on to study at top conservatoires, and play in the finest professional orchestras across the world, including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Some members of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra also play with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and attend leading music institutions, including RNCM and LIPA. Simon Rattle, an ex-player in the Youth Orchestra is our patron.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir is for young people aged 13-19 from in and around Liverpool, and performs throughout the year at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and across the region. The Choir regularly performs with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir in high-profile concerts and special events, including premiers of new commissions. The Youth Choir’s repertoire covers a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, folk, and world music. The Choir has been recognised as one of the top choirs at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in previous years, and in July 2014 the Choir’s Director, Simon Emery, was awarded with the prize for the Most Inspiring Conductor. The Choir also performed at the London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony and for our Patron HM The Queen in 2008.
Developing young musician’s skills and knowledge through performance, composition, concert visits and other creative opportunities is at the heart of the Youth Company’s purpose. Through New Works composition projects and skills-based workshops, singers and instrumentalists work together in new chamber ensembles with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra tutors, sharing skills and experience across ages, instruments and genres.
Inspiring artists from across the globe have worked with Youth Company members, including master classes with Christian Lindberg (trombonist, composer and conductor), Julian Rachlin (violinist) and Andrew Manze (conductor). This opportunity to work with celebrated artists is invaluable to our young people progress and inspires them to achieve more.
Providing opportunities to develop skills that improve young people’s employability in creative and non-creative careers through Industry Days, Arts Award and work experience empowers and informs Youth Company members to make the most of their musical experience and passion in their future.
Youth Company champions physical and mental wellbeing for all young musicians, including Alexander Technique, RSI awareness, promoting good vocal health, and providing support for those looking to progress into competitive creative arts industries.