Domingo Hindoyan’s third season as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra unites musicians from across the world to explore works by Bruckner, Mahler, Shostakovich, Puccini and Eleanor Alberga.
“This season ties together musical threads and themes that have been taking shape over the past two years and I’m particularly looking forward to continuing our exploration of Bruckner, with the Seventh Symphony, Mahler’s great Fifth Symphony, Brahms’ Fourth, Shostakovich’s Fifth, and opera and song continue to run throughout the season” says Domingo Hindoyan. “We will continue to champion new music, with the world premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s piano concerto, performed by rising star Alim Beisembayev. I am thrilled to welcome two exceptional soloists to join as our Artist in Residence and Young Artist in Residence – Simone Lamsma and Johan Dalene respectively”.
The season opens with the rambunctious sounds of New York, with Domingo Hindoyan conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, before being joined by soloist Paul Lewis for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s Piano Concerto. The evening concludes with Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances (21 September). There will also be an Open Day at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (24 September), which will invite people to experience Liverpool Philharmonic through a series of taster sessions. These sessions will feature everything from the full Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra together with Domingo Hindoyan, to the studio sounds of Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room. More details to be announced in June.
Hindoyan will conduct a range of performances this year, from Brahms’ Double Concerto with Artist in Residence Simone Lamsma and cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière (23 November), Bruckner’s Symphony No.7 (29 February), to a celebration of opera and song with soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Riccardo Massi (25 May).
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will make a welcome return to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London (8 September) with Hindoyan, performing the UK premiere of Gabriela Ortiz’ Clara. Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will join to perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3.
World renowned soloists join the orchestra this season, including violinists Simone Lamsma and Johan Dalene as Artist in Residence and Young Artist in Residence respectively. Other star string players include cellists Pablo Ferrández (28 September), Nicolas Altstaedt (16 & 19 November), Victor Julien-Laferrière (23 November) and Sheku Kanneh-Mason (4 April), and violinists Christian Li (19 October) and Arabella Steinbacher (21 March). Internationally renowned pianists include Elisabeth Brauss (8 February), Simon Trpčeski (22 February), Alim Beisembayev (25 April) and Nobuyuki Tsujii (4 May). Guest singers include soprano Sonya Yoncheva (30 November & 25 May), baritone Jaques Imbrailio (11 November), soprano Daniella Sicari (20 April) and tenor Riccardo Massi (25 May). In addition, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine perform a special concert at the Hall (3 November) as part of their UK tour.
Conductor Laureate Vasily Petrenko returns with two epic works from the Russian repertoire, Shostakovich’s musical revolution Symphony No. 11 ‘The Year 1905’ (19 October) – conducted by Petrenko for the first time in concert in Liverpool – and Stravinsky’s complete ballet suite The Firebird (22 February). Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze will present a showcase of British composers throughout the season, including works by William Walton (16 November), Vaughan Williams (19 November), Coleridge-Taylor (4 April) and Ruth Gipps (11 April).
Conductors making guest appearances in the 2023/24 season include debuts from Matthew Halls (5 October), Volodymyr Sirenko with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (3 November), Ben Glassberg (11 November), Karen Kamensek (7 December), Bernard Labadie (6 January), Paolo Bortolameolli (8 February) and Ariane Matiakh (20 April); returning visits from Nil Venditti (27 January), Lawrence Foster (21 March) and, for a special youth orchestras reunion concert, Sir Simon Rattle (25 February).
Pianist Alim Beisembayev, winner of the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition, will perform the world premiere of Eleanor Alberga’s Piano Concerto (25 April) which has been commissioned for him as the prizewinner of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society Contemporary Prize.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choirs will perform the world premiere of Joanna Marsh’s Plastic Theatre, with text by Katie Schaag (24 March). Conducted by Ellie Slorach, the work examines the damaging effects of plastic on our earth. This has been commissioned by Liverpool Philharmonic in a consortium with other youth choirs from Denmark, Norway, Peru, Australia and USA.
Other world premieres include Timothy Jackson’s Traffic Jams and Anagrams (19 June), a new work from Rushworth Competition Prize winner Christopher Cook (11 October) and works from Michael Betteridge (4 November) and Stephen Pratt (19 June), all with Ensemble 10:10. The Ensemble will also give the UK premieres of Victoria Borisova-Ollas’ Creation of the Hymn (11 October), Samy Moussa’s Violin Concerto (17 February) with leader Thelma Handy as soloist, Jacques Hétu’s Symphony No. 3 (17 February) and Skye Macklay’s Microvariations (19 June).
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir joins the Orchestra for some of the greatest choral works of all time, including Beethoven’s Mass in C (5 October), Faure’s Requiem (11 November), Handel’s Messiah (6 January) and Poulenc’s Gloria (20 April). The Choir will be joined by a host of starry soloists, including sopranos Jennifer France (5 October) and Soraya Mafi (6 January), amongst others.
Liverpool Philharmonic will this year host Classic FM’s Hall of Fame concert, presented by Aled Jones (16 March). Featuring some of works that topped this year’s list, the programme will highlight memorable tunes in the classical repertoire, including Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and choral works performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.
This season includes two piano recitals by international stars Víkingur Ólafsson (1 November) and Nobuyuki Tsujii (7 April) at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
Two string quartets, the Elias Quartet (10 December) and Pavel Haas Quartet with Jonathan Biss (11 February) will perform works from Fanny Mendelssohn, Pēteris Vasks and Elgar (10 December) to Martinů, Vítězslava Kaprálová, and Dvořák (11 February) at the Tung Auditorium, in the Yoko Ono Centre.
Liverpool Philharmonic’s Close Up and Lunchtime series will shine the spotlight on ensembles within the Orchestra, allowing audiences the chance to experience music in the intimate and informal surrounds of the Music Room.
A range of family friendly concerts are on offer this season, including Family Film Favourites (22 October), Santa and The Snowman (16 & 17 December) and Amazing Animals around the World (9 March).
Concerts designed especially for audiences aged 5 and under will see presenter and producer Claire Henry guiding young audiences through two unique musical experiences (31 October & 28 March), connecting art and magic with classical music.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company
Former Merseyside Youth Orchestra (MYO) member and conductor Sir Simon Rattle will conduct a special reunion concert, celebrating youth orchestras (25 February). Past members of the Merseyside Youth Orchestra and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (LPYO) will perform works by Mozart, Shostakovich and Ginastera, with over 160 past members joining the LPYO for the occasion.
Other highlights in the Youth Orchestras programme include performances with Domingo Hindoyan and violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason (26 November), and with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra oboist and past MYO member Ruth Davies (10 March).
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Childrens Choirs will perform a specially commissioned piece Plastic Theatre by Joanna Marsh, joining voices of youth choirs across the world (24 March). Also in celebration of new works, the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company and Equilibrium Quartet will showcase new music from the young creatives in the Rushworth Young Composers and Songwriters programme (26 April).
Looking ahead to the festive season, Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason returns to Liverpool Philharmonic to present Spirit of Christmas (16, 19, 21 & 22 December) along with conductor Ian Tracey and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge. Pianist Alexandra Dariescu brings her musical celebration of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker to Liverpool. The Nutcracker: Reimagined will tell the magical story of young girl Clara and her Nutcracker through an hour-long concert with the brass and percussion of the Orchestra, with narrator Lucy Drever and two ballet dancers (23 December).
This season also highlights a wide range of music with the Orchestra available at Liverpool’s iconic Philharmonic Hall, from Queen: A Kind of Magic (14 October) to What the World Needs Now: A Tribute to Burt Bacharach (10 February). American conductor and presenter Richard Kaufman will also return for an evening celebrating The Best of John Williams (14 February).
Two film screenings with live orchestras will invite fans of Harry Potter to join the orchestra on a trip to Hogwarts (30 December), whilst horror fanatics can enjoy Hitchcock’s sinister Psycho (31 October).
In addition, seven concerts this season will be signed by a BSL interpreter: Queen: A Kind of Magic (14 October), Santa and The Snowman (17 December), Spirit of Christmas (21 December), The Nutcracker: Reimagined (23 December), Messiah (6 January), What The World Needs Now: A Tribute to Burt Bacharach (10 February) and Britten's The Young Person's Guide (24 March).
In September, the Orchestra will join Echo & The Bunnymen on tour to celebrate the band’s seminal album, Ocean Rain, in the M&S Arena, Liverpool (16 September), Royal Albert Hall, London (18 September), Usher Hall, Edinburgh (14 September) and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (12 September).
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic, says: “It is wonderful to be launching our new 2023/24 season, our third with Chief Conductor Domingo Hindoyan, during such a culturally significant week for Liverpool. As the largest music organisation in the city, we are central to that cultural offering all year round, and I am incredibly proud of our work both on and off the stage in reaching right across Liverpool’s diverse communities and in welcoming artists and audiences from all over the world.”
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