Thursday 13 January 2022 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Lili Boulanger D'un matin de printemps
Eugene Gigout Grand Choeur Dialogue for organ (solo organ)
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Lutosławski Little Suite
Shostakovich Symphony No.9
Marta Gardolińska conductor
Ian Tracey organ
At the end of World War II, the Soviet authorities expected composers to write bombastic victory symphonies. What they didn’t expect was Shostakovich’s Ninth: 30 minutes of melody, irreverence and pitch-black satire. Still, with the dynamic young Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska on the podium, nothing is predictable. A haunting nocturne from neglected French genius Lili Boulanger? A flurry of (very Polish) fireworks from Witold Lutosławski? Or Ian Tracey, putting the newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall organ through its paces in Poulenc’s glittering concerto for organ, strings and timpani? Warning: it gets loud.
This performance features the newly refurbished Rushworth and Dreaper Organ. The refurbishment of this magnificent instrument took place over 2020/21, with the support of the Rushworth Foundation and was carried out here in Liverpool by Henry Willis & Sons Ltd. All of the organ workings are hidden behind grilles on either side of the stage. More than 120,000 yards of insulated copper wire were used to 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.
Post-concert Question Time - starts 15 minutes after the concert ends (Music Room) with conductor Marta Gardolińska and organist Ian Tracey.
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Friday 17 September 2021 7:30pm Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Chris Amoo with Dave Smith - still looking and sounding great – perform all the hits plus some fantastic covers such as ‘Ladies Night’ ‘Celebration’ ‘Good Times’ & ‘Ain’t no stopping us now’ in an action packed show.