The Board of Directors, musicians and staff of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic are all deeply saddened to hear of the death today of our Conductor Emeritus, Sir Charles Mackerras CH AC CBE.

Sir Charles Mackerras rehearsing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, January 2009 Sir Charles enjoyed a long and distinguished association with the Liverpool Phil, beginning in 1985. He conducted the Orchestra many times in concerts in Liverpool, throughout the UK and on tour in Germany , Spain and Switzerland . He was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993 to 1996.

Sir Charles's many distinguished recordings with the Liverpool Phil include Beethoven’s complete symphonies; Mahler symphonies Nos. 1 and 5, Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and the works of Delius with the Orchestra, all on EMI.

He last conducted the Orchestra in 2009, and was due to return to Philharmonic Hall in November this year to conduct a concert of music by Dvořák, Beethoven and Schumann.

Sir Charles accepted the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, succeeding the conductor Vernon Handley CBE, who died in September 2008.

Commenting on Sir Charles's death today, Andrew Cornall, the Phil’s Executive Director (Artistic Policy – Orchestra & Ensembles) commented:

“Sir Charles Mackerras was one of Britain's best known and best loved conductors, and one of the most important musicians or our day. He enjoyed a longstanding association with Liverpool Phil and made a major contribution to our musical life, both on the concert platform and through the many recordings we made together, of which the Beethoven complete symphonies on EMI are still regarded as outstanding interpretations of these works. We were very much looking forward to Sir Charles returning to Liverpool to conduct the Orchestra in November and we all offer our deepest condolences to Lady Mackerras and Sir Charles’ family.”


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