Welcome to the 2018-19 Season

As I enter my 13th season with the Orchestra, I have great pride in what our Orchestra has achieved with the support of our wonderful audiences, and look forward more than ever to another season of music-making in Liverpool.

This season, I will conduct all four Brahms symphonies. Seen in his lifetime as the natural successor to Beethoven (whose symphonic cycle we performed in 2016), his first symphony was even referred to as ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’ by Hans von Bülow, who conducted the premiere performance. Within months of this first symphony Brahms produced another, the Second – as different as night and day from the first, written over a summer holiday.

The Third Symphony is full of Brahms’ trademark passion, glorious melodies and rich harmonic writing. His friend and influential music critic Eduard Hanslick wrote: ‘Many music lovers will prefer the titanic force of the First Symphony; others, the untroubled charm of the Second, but the Third strikes me as being artistically the most nearly perfect.’

The Fourth contains some of the darkest music of the 19th century. American composer Jan Swafford has called the piece ‘a funeral song for [Brahms’s] heritage, for a world at peace, for an Austro-German middle class that honored and understood music like no other culture, for the sweet Vienna he knew, for his own lost loves.’

I’m delighted to work with artists new to Liverpool as well as returning friends. Artists in Residence this season include harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and piano duo Anderson & Roe.

Composer Gary Carpenter, whose work will be familiar to many of you as we’ve performed it frequently in recent years, is our Composer in Association this season. The world premiere of his new harpsichord concerto will be performed, as well as several other compositions.

In a new partnership with the Leeds International Piano Competition, I’ll be conducting the winner of this prestigious event in our opening concert of the season.

We’ll host the second and third prizewinners in a series of piano recitals in the Music Room.

This work can’t happen without the critical support of our Principal Funders, Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, our Principal Partners, Investec Wealth & Investment and Liverpool John Moores University, Premier Sponsor Hill Dickinson, trusts and foundations, sponsors, and so many generous individuals. If you’d like to help support our music-making, please see the become a member page.

Welcome to another season of great music!

Vasily Petrenko
Chief Conductor

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Close Up Concert

The Art of Change: Suffrage

With 100 years of suffrage in the UK, The Art of Change explore the stories that led to this historical moment.

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Opening Night

Nielsen Overture, Maskarade, Piano Concerto, Brahms Symphony No.1 conducted by Vasily Petrenko with Leeds International Piano Competition winner

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Petrenko's Brahms I

Strauss's Four Last Songs, Nielsen Overture’s, Maskarade, and Brahms Symphony No.1 conducted by Vasily Petrenko with soprano Miah Persson.

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Chamber Music

Anderson & Roe pianos

‘To make classical music a relevant and powerful force in society’ – that’s the self-proclaimed artistic mission of piano duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Serenade to Music

Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto William Lawes’ Consort Music amd Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.9 conducted by Andrew Manze conductor with violinist James Ehnes .

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Close Up Concert

Anderson & Roe piano duo

Anderson & Roe present their own arrangements of the works of Mozart, Michael Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel and Bernstein

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Close Up Concert

Anderson & Roe piano duo

Anderson & Roe present their own arrangements of the works of Mozart, Michael Jackson, Simon & Garfunkel and Bernstein

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Family Concert

Beat This!!

This concert features percussionist and director, Alasdair Malloy and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s dynamic percussion section as they drum up a storm in a pulsing percussive party.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Two Pianos

Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos in E flat, Tubin’s Estonian Dance Suite, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 conducted by Anu Tali with Anderson & Roe.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Two Pianos

Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Mozart’s Concerto for two pianos in E flat, Tubin’s Estonian Dance Suite, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 conducted by Anu Tali with Anderson & Roe.

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Family Concert Especially for Under 5s

Blast Off!

Help astronaut Claire Henry and musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to power the rocket and blast off into space!

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Family Concert Especially for Under 5s

Blast Off!

Help astronaut Claire Henry and musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to power the rocket and blast off into space!

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Chamber Music

Ensemble 10/10: 21st Birthday Concert

As Ensemble 10/10 turns 21, and Estonia celebrates 100 years of independence, this is a portrait of a small nation with a big musical voice.

St George's Hall Concert Room

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra

On the Waterfront: Film with Live Orchestra

Experience a thrilling new presentation of this iconic film and winner of eight Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra plays...

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Petrenko's Brahms II

Hindemith’s Overture, Cupid and Psyche, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Brahms’ Symphony No.2 conducted by Vasily Petrenko with pianist George Li piano

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Brahms Requiem

Hindemith’s Overture, Cupid and Psyche, Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate and Brahms’ A German Requiem conducted by Vasily Petrenko joined by soprano Louise Alder, baritone Andrew Foster-Williams and Huddersfield Choral Society

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Lunchtime Concert

Pixels Ensemble

Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, 'Trout' performed by Pixels Ensemble.

Music Room

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Romeo and Juliet

Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No.1 (Naughty Limericks), Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet conducted by Vasily Petrenko with violinist Nemanja Radulović.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Romeo and Juliet

Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No.1 (Naughty Limericks), Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet conducted by Vasily Petrenko with violinist Nemanja Radulović.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

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