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Guide to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

« Petrenko celebrates a decade in charge of the RLPO this year: it's been a life-enhancing ten years... Probably the most exciting conductor/orchestra combination in the UK today... »
Richard Ely, May 2016
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LiverpoolSheku Plays Saint-Saëns

Sheku Plays Saint-Saëns
Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Rachmaninov
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Elim Chan; Sheku Kanneh-Mason

LiverpoolPetrenko’s Mahler VII

Petrenko’s Mahler VII
Mason, Mahler
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Ellie Slorach; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

LiverpoolPictures at an Exhibition

Pictures at an Exhibition
Britten, Glazunov, Mussorgsky
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Esther Yoo

LiverpoolThe Sound of Sondheim

The Sound of Sondheim
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Michael England; Louise Dearman; Celinde Schoenmaker; Jeremy Secomb
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An unrelentingly beautiful Bruckner 4 in Liverpool

Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Andrew Manze conducts the RLPO in a performance of Bruckner in which beauty was always kept to the fore
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Binge-listening: a bumper Beethoven Weekender at the Barbican

Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia © Mark Allan | Barbican
Nine symphonies, five orchestras, two days: an immersive weekend as part of the Barbican's Beethoven 250 coverage featuring some of the UK's finest orchestras. 

Joshua Weilerstein’s perceptive insights in Liverpool

Joshua Weilerstein © Felix Broede
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra give the UK premiere of one of André Previn's final works, while Joshua Weilerstein’s Rite of Spring brings a devastating blow in a programme of unique musical voices.
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Bell-tastic season opener in Liverpool

Vasily Petrenko © Svetlana Tarlova
Vasily Petrenko opens his penultimate season with RLPO in raucous style.
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Biography

Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor joining a distinguished line of musicians who have led the Orchestra during its illustrious history. Andrew Manze was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2018.

The Orchestra gives over 70 concerts each season in its home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and in recent seasons has given world premiere performances of major works by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Sir John Tavener, Stewart Copeland, Michael Nyman, James Horner and Sir James MacMillan alongside works by Liverpool-born and North West-based composers.

Collaborations with international artists from rock, and pop include Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds, Echo and The Bunnymen, Cast and the Bootleg Beatles.

The Orchestra also performs widely throughout the UK and internationally and has a distinguished discography. Recent additions include a third volume of Vaughan Williams’ symphonies with Andrew Manze. With Vasily Petrenko recordings include the first instalment of Stravinsky’s ballet music, featuring The Rite of Spring, coupled with Rachmaninov’s Spring and Debussy’s Printemps; surveys of Rachmaninov’s symphonies, orchestral works and complete piano concertos with Simon Trpčeski and the complete symphonies of Shostakovich, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky ‘s symphonies and piano concertos which have garnered world-wide critical acclaim. The recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 5, won ‘Recording of the Year’ and ‘Orchestral Recording of the Year’ at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2017.

Liverpool Philharmonic (exterior) © Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (exterior)
© Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (Hall) © Mark McNulty
Liverpool Philharmonic (Hall)
© Mark McNulty