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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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LondonProm 62: Diana Damrau sings Strauss

Elgar, Bell, Strauss R., Bartók
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Diana Damrau

LiverpoolOpening Night

Opening Night
Nielsen, Brahms
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Unknown

LiverpoolPetrenko's Brahms I

Petrenko's Brahms I
Bell, Nielsen, Strauss R., Brahms
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Diana Damrau

LiverpoolSerenade to Music

Serenade to Music
Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn, Lawes
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Andrew Manze; James Ehnes
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Hough in exemplary Beethoven before Manze’s Antarctic tour

Andrew Manze © Benjamin Ealovega
Andrew Manze conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two English choral pieces; Stephen Hough brought a fitting conclusion to his Beethoven concerto cycle as artist-in-residence. 
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Tremendous Turangalîla from the RLPO

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
A highlight of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's season, tackling a piece not attempted by the orchestra for almost 50 years.
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Experiments in relativity by the RLPO

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Symphonies by Glass and Rachmaninov played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra show how time doesn't always flow at the same rate.
****1
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Polished Glass: a return to form with the Eleventh Symphony

Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Philip Glass' 80th birthday is celebrated in style by Vasily Petrenko and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the UK première of his Eleventh Symphony, alongside vibrant performances of Dvořák and Scriabin.
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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