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Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Wizard of Oz
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Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Wizard of Oz

Thursday 25 April 2019

Wednesday 19 June sees the 8oth Birthday of the Grade II*-listed art deco style Liverpool Philharmonic home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the UK's premier arts and entertainment venues.

The occasion will be marked with a special screening at 7.30pm of the classic film, The Wizard of Oz which premiered in 1939, the same year that the Hall opened on Hope Street, designed by Liverpool architect, Herbert Rowse on the same site that the original Hall had stood from 27 August 1849 to 5 July 1933, when it was destroyed by fire.

The film will be screened on the Hall’s unique Walturdaw cinema screen which rises from under stage, accompanied by Liverpool Philharmonic’s resident cinema organist of 30 years standing, the inimitable Dave Nicholas.

The Grand Foyer Bar will serve Wizard-themed cocktails, with an appearance by ‘Judy Garland’ and other characters from the film. Audiences are welcome to come along to the screening dressed as their favourite character from the film.

Emerald City Package – limited availability

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room will be become the  ‘Emerald City’ from 6pm for a pre-screening reception featuring Wizard of Oz themed canapes (including Aunty Em Pulled Pork on Kansas Corn Bread, Rainbow Crudités, Emerald Pea Hummus, and Ruby Red Meat Balls followed by Yellow Brick Rocky Road and Mini Rainbow cupcakes) and a free glass of fizz on arrival.

There’ll be a live performance of songs from the era by Simply Frank (AKA David Knopov) and actors dressed as characters from the film will make an appearance.

Wizard-themed cocktails can be ordered and will served at the exclusive box seats during the interval sold as part of this package

Emerald City Package

(includes box ticket, pre-screening reception and complimentary glass of fizz)

Restoration of Liverpool Philharmonic Rushworth and Dreaper Organ

Proceeds from this 80th Birthday event will support the restoration of Liverpool Philharmonic’s historic organ built by local firm Rushworth and Dreaper. The organ console, which has already been removed for restoration to commence, with a replacement console now in temporary situ, is stored under the stage.

All its workings are hidden behind grilles on either side of the stage. More than 120,000 yards of insulated copper wire were used to the connect the console with various sections of the organ. There are more than 17,000 switches and contacts in the organ, along with 2,847 electric magnets. Today, the organ remains the oldest remaining working example of its type anywhere in the world, with the same being true of the Walturdaw cinema screen.

Richard Haswell, Head of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events said:

‘Liverpool Philharmonic has been at the centre of the city’s cultural life since the 1840s. Today we present a distinctive, ambitious and entertaining live music programme of over 450 concerts and events annually, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles at its heart and welcome international guest artists to the city from across classical, rock, pop and other music genres attended by 340,000 people annually.

‘We’re delighted to screen the Wizard of Oz in our iconic home on the unique Walturdaw to mark the current Hall’s 80th birthday and the film’s 80th anniversary and to support the important restoration our Rushworth and Dreaper organ.’ 

Notes to Editors

Wednesday 19 June 7.30pm

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Wizard of Oz

Tickets: £16 & £49 (Emerald City Package)

Box Office: 0151 709 3789

Please note this is not a film with live orchestra concert.

Press enquiries to Jayne Garrity, Head of Communications, Liverpool Philharmonic: 0151 210 3791/07967 364241 

email: jayne.garrity@liverpoolphil.com 

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