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In order to enter the venue for events, you will need to demonstrate proof of COVID-19 status on arrival at the venue - find out more.

Please note, we are implementing enhanced security measures at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall until further notice, including bag checks.

Archived Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Please note that these performances have been cancelled.

Please note that current government guidance in Liverpool means that you can only attend concerts with other members of your household or social bubble.

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1
Beethoven Symphony No.2

Vasily Petrenko conductor
Anastasia Kobekina cello

The friendship between the cellist Rostropovich and several composers produced many works that are the backbone of the cello repertoire today. Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 is perhaps the most well-known, and was first performed by him 60 years ago. Respecting each other as artist and composer, their friendship was long and they spent many hours together talking about music whilst quenching their thirst! The sheer force of energy that thrusts out of the cellos opening bars builds to a tremendous ending which simply leaves the soloist (and audience) out of breath. After two years of sketching which coincided with his realisation that his hearing was becoming a problem, Beethoven produced his Second Symphony, one of the last works he was able to hear performed.

Please note the capacity is very limited (c. 330 seats total) and seating will be done on a socially distanced (2 metre) basis. To book single tickets please call the Box Office on 0151 709 3789.

Wondering what to expect when you return to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall?

We understand that there is a lot of information to take in around the concerts we’re presenting that you may have some questions. We’ve made a few changes to ensure the safety of audiences and our staff. Click here to view our Coronavirus related FAQs.

8% administrative fee applies to most telephone/online orders (excluding Schools Concerts). Postage is included in this fee. More information about booking fees.