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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Pipe Dreams

Please note that due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, this concert has been cancelled. For refunds or credit towards a future performance, please contact Box Office on boxoffice@liverpoolphil.com or call a member of our team on 0151 709 3789
Eugene Gigout Grand Choeur Dialogue for organ and orchestra (05')
Poulenc Organ Concerto (24')
- INTERVAL (20') -
Lili Boulanger D'un matin de printemps (05')
Lutosławski Little Suite (11')
Shostakovich Symphony No.9 (27')

Nicholas Collon 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. 

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 Nicholas Collon and organist Ian Tracey.

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