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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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LiverpoolSpirit of Christmas

Spirit of Christmas
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Simon Emery; Jennifer Johnston; John Suchet; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir

LiverpoolJurassic Park: Film with Live Orchestra

Jurassic Park: Film with Live Orchestra
Williams: Film music from Jurassic Park
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Dirk Brossé

LiverpoolNew Year’s Eve: You Can’t Stop the Music

New Year’s Eve: You Can’t Stop the Music
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Alfonso Casado; Jenna Lee-James; Unknown

LiverpoolHandel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Stephen Layton; Katherine Watson; Helen Charlston; Gwilym Bowen; Neal Davies
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Magic and mystery with Wong, Kozhukhin and the RLPO

Denis Kozhukhin © Marco Borggreve
RLPO debutante Kahchun Wong makes a distinctive first impression in a programme of iconic works from the 20th century.
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Varied sounds of America expertly played in Liverpool

Elizabeth Atherton © Kiran Ridley
Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral holds its own alongside more familiar American pieces by Adams and Barber plus the “New World” Symphony.
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Striking intimacy from Britten's War Requiem in Liverpool

Andrew Manze, Ed Lyon and Benjamin Appl © Mark McNulty
The RLPO and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover join forces for Britten's War Requiem.
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C’est magnifique: Ravel in the hands of Andrew Manze

Sheku Kanneh-Mason © Lars Borges
In the week of remembrance, Sheku Kanneh-Mason played Elgar’s Cello Concerto with a level of British reverence, while Andrew Manze concluded with some exquisite Ravel. 
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Biography

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra. Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gives over 80 concerts each season in our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as performances throughout the UK and venues throughout the world. We are proud to be at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life and to represent the city on a world stage.

Collaborations with international artists from rock and pop include Liverpool’s own Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Ian Broudie and the Lightning Seeds, Echo and The Bunnymen and Cast. The Orchestra tours regularly throughout the UK and world-wide and has an extensive discography featuring many critically acclaimed recordings.

Vasily Petrenko was appointed Principal Conductor of the Orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became Chief Conductor. His dynamic music partnership with the Orchestra has attracted world-wide critical acclaim and drawn new audiences, including many young people, to live classical music.

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