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For the first time in the UK, see Mahler’s symphony No. 3 performed with real church bells at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
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For the first time in the UK, see Mahler’s symphony No. 3 performed with real church bells at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Mahler Symphony No.3 is the composer’s longest work and was met with critical acclaim when it premiered in summer of 1902. The concert featuring six movements will also include six of Liverpool Philharmonic’s church bells. Mahler requested the use of real church bells, rather than the tubular ones used by many orchestras to evoke a tolling sound, in his third symphony.  

Liverpool Philharmonic acquired their first church bell in 1993 and over the past 17 years has built up the collection. The first performance by the Orchestra using the bells was Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra led by  Conductor Laureate Libor Pešek on a tour of Austria and Germany in 1994. The church bells play a vital role in this piece representing the ‘midnight’ moment.

Gustav Mahler (1860 to 1911) is regarded as one of the most important 20th century composers and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, under the baton of Vasily Petrenko will play all his symphonies in 2020. Mahler symphony No. 3, also one of the biggest symphonies ever written, will feature artist in residence and mezzo-soprano, Jennifer Johnson, Sopranos and Altos of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.

Tickets are available for Petrenko’s Mahler III at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Saturday 21 March 2020 at 7.30pm and cost from £21. Visit liverpoolphil.com or call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789 to book.




The Mahler symphonic cycle concerts are as follows:


Petrenko’s Mahler III

Saturday 21 March 7.30pm

Mahler Symphony No.3 


Petrenko’s Mahler IV

Thursday 23 April 7.30pm

Beethoven Ah! Perfido
Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4
Mahler Symphony No.4


Petrenko’s Mahler V

Thursday 30 April 7.30pm

Victoria Borisova-Ollas Remember Me Giselle: cello concerto (UK premiere, co-commission with RSO Stockholm)
Mahler Symphony No.5


Petrenko’s Mahler VI

Thursday 21 May 7.30pm

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Mahler Symphony No.6


Petrenko’s Mahler VII

Thursday 11 June 7.30pm

Grace-Evangeline Mason 'Mahler’s Letters' for a cappella choir (world premiere)*
Mahler Symphony No.7


Mahler Symphony No. 8

Performed with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Albert Hall

Sunday 18 October 3pm

For information on this concert, visit royalalberthall.com

The remaining concert will be announced as part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2020 – 2021 season.


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