Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra first began life in 1951 as Merseyside Youth Orchestra. Generations of musicians have taken part, including many of our current Orchestra players and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle.
Members of the Youth Orchestra today are conducted by a variety of artists including Chief Conductor Domingo Hindoyan and guest conductors including Conductor Laureate Vasily Petrenko and Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze.
Players rehearse, perform alongside, and are tutored by musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, benefitting from their professional expertise and experience. They perform regularly at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall alongside top soloists including trumpeter Pacho Flores, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, pianist Jeneba Kanneh-Mason, and violinist Elena Urioste.
Defining Musical Experiences
On 24 February 2024, Sir Simon Rattle will be one of three conductors leading the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, past and present, in a very special reunion concert.
In July 2024, the Youth Orchestra will go on international tour, for the first time in over 20 years, performing in Italy and taking part in the Florence Youth Festival.
Touring is so important to our young musicians. Not only does it give them valuable performance experience, but it enables them to see places they might not otherwise have seen, expand their horizons, and create lasting friendships and memories.
"I've never performed outside of Liverpool. To think that we will be in Florence, meeting young musicians from around the world, and representing Liverpool Philharmonic on an international stage, is a dream come true." Youth Orchestra Member
Liverpool Philharmonic provides 100% bursaries to young people wishing to join the Youth Orchestra to ensure no one misses out due to their financial circumstances.
These bursaries are becoming increasingly important as the cost-of-living crisis deepens, with Liverpool ranking as the third most deprived area in the UK.
As such, donations to support the cost of bursaries will have a real, tangible impact on the lives of young musicians and their families.
Make a Donation
Donate today to help support the development of the next generation of youth orchestra members by helping to cover the cost of instrument purchase and maintenance, specialist musical tuition, music parts, and touring for our young musicians, ensuring that money is never a barrier to making music on Merseyside.
£100 will provide music parts for a student for a term
£450 will provide a bursary to support one young musician for an entire year
£2,000 will support opportunities for the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to perform with inspirational international artists
£5,000 will support the purchase and maintenance of instruments used by young musicians in the Youth Orchestra£15,000 would sponsor an international tour for the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2026
Your support will help us to transform and enhance the lives of young musicians in the north-west, with memories and experiences which will shape their lives forever.
Friday 5 April 2024 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Hot off the back of multiple sell-outs across the UK, the 23-strong London African Gospel Choir bring their totally uplifting rendition of Paul Simon's iconic Graceland album to Liverpool.