• Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko commences his eighth season with Liverpool Philharmonic
  • New this Season - Artists in Residence, Bryn Terfel, Andrew Manze, Christian Lindberg, Simon Trpčeski
  • Guests artists include Paul Lewis, Vilde Frang, Vadim Repin, Lisa de la Salle, Miloš Karadaglić, Xavier de Maistre, Ray Chen, Michel Camillo
  • Britten Centenary and Richard Strauss 150th Anniversaries Celebrated
  • World Premiere of Percussion Concerto by Stewart Copeland of The Police
  • Prestigious chamber and new music series

    The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013/2014 season is the eighth under the baton of Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko and follows the announcement in March that Petrenko has extended his contract on a new, on-going basis that will see him stay at the helm in Liverpool for the foreseeable future.

    Petrenko and the Orchestra will continue their critically acclaimed, signature journeys through the music of the Russian composers Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov. Their performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’ (26 Sept) is the final instalment in their internationally-acclaimed Shostakovich symphony cycle. The composer’s Symphony No. 15 (1 Nov) performed in a programme that includes Britten’s Suite from Death in Venice will be repeated at London’s Royal Festival Hall (3 Nov) as part of the year-long The Rest is Noise festival.

    On the eve of what would have been Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday (21 Nov) and as part of Liverpool Philharmonic’s contribution to the national celebrations marking his centenary, Petrenko will conduct an all-Britten programme including his The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, which received its premiere concert performance by Liverpool Philharmonic on 15 October 1946.

    The 150th anniversary of the birth of the prolific German composer Richard Strauss in 2014 is commemorated by the year-long Strauss Edition. Petrenko conducts the composer’s Ein Heldenleben, Don Quixote and Horn Concerto No. 2, a showcase for the playing of Liverpool Philharmonic’s Principal Horn, Timothy Jackson.

    Petrenko’s affinity for the music of Mahler, demonstrated over the two –year long Mahler Edition in recent seasons, is showcased this season in his first Liverpool performance of Das Lied von der Erde, coupled with the movement from Mahler’s unfinishedSymphony No. 10 (10 April).

    NEW THIS SEASON – Liverpool Philharmonic Artists in Residence

    Four internationally renowned musicians have accepted invitations to be Artists in Residence for the season which will involve them in all aspects of Liverpool Philharmonic’s music-making with the Orchestra and learning programme.

    The Art of Bryn Terfel will see the Welsh bass-baritone superstar perform a wide range of repertoire. Vasily Petrenko conducts him in Brahm’s A German Requiem (14 Sept) and in a staged performance, with young singers from the European Opera Centre of Puccini’s Tosca (20 & 22 Sept) when Terfel will reprise one of his greatest roles, Baron Scarpia. The Art of Bryn Terfel opens the 2013/14 season with A Night at the Musicals (9 Sept).

    Swedish composer, conductor and trombonist Christian Lindberg leads the Orchestra in music by Sibelius, his own compositions; and joins forces with his compatriot, the pianist Roland Pöntinen as Los Bandidos to perform together in Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series.

    Andrew Manze, one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation pays his own original tribute to Benjamin Britten in a concert of works by composers that influenced the composer. He also conducts the Orchestra in the composer’s Les Iluminations in a concert that includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.

    Liverpool favourite, Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski performs Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concert with Petrenko and the Orchestra. An all-Shostakovich programme with a smaller ensemble of Orchestra players under Trpčeski’s direction from the piano, a piano recital of music by Ravel, Poulenc and Brahms and an all-Brahms programme with Liverpool Philharmonic’s Joint Leader James Clark and Principal Cello, Jonathan Aasgaard will take place at St. George’s Hall Concert Room.


    In the final concert of the season, Petrenko will conduct the Orchestra when its Percussion section of Neil Hitt, Graham Johns, Josephine Frieze and Henry Baldwin give the world premiere of Percussion Concerto by Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police.

    Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy award winner, the Dominican-born pianist and composer Michel Camilo makes a rare UK performance in a concert that includes the UK premiere of his own Piano Concerto No. 2 ‘Tenerife’ and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

    Liverpool Philharmonic’s award-winning Ensemble 10/10, under the direction of Clark Rundell will present another compelling season of contemporary music by international composers, including a concert, as part of his Liverpool residency, with Christian Lindberg, as director and trombone soloist.


    Other international soloists joining Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra include two violinists making their Liverpool debuts, Vilde Frang in Korngold’s Violin Concerto; and Vadim Repin in Panufnik’s Violin Concerto, performed in the Polish-born composer’s centenary in 2014.

    Elsewhere in the season, Liverpool-born Paul Lewis performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. There are Liverpool debuts with the Orchestra by Lisa de la Salle in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1; guitarist Miloš Karadaglić in Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, the charismatic French musician Xavier de Maistre performing Rodrigo’s hugely popular Concerto de Aranjuez transcribed for harp; and the 25-year-old violin star Ray Chen in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2.

    Conductors Joshua Weilerstein, Alezander Bloch, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jaime Martin and Andrew Gourlay all make their Liverpool debuts.

    Liverpool welcomes back distinguished conductors Ottavio Dantone, who will conduct Handel’s Messiah, Thomas Dausgaard, Alexander Shelley, Michal Nesterowicz, Paul Agnew and Roland Boer.

    The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir concerts with the Orchestra include Brahm’s A German Requiem, Puccini’s Tosca, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Liverpool Philharmonic’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, Walton’s Belshazzars Feast and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.13.

    The award-winning American film music conductor Richard Kaufman returns to conduct three concerts including a screening with live orchestral accompaniment and tenors and basses from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Liverpool Philharmonic’s Family Concerts include a screening with live orchestral accompaniment of the animation Magic Piano alongside four animated films Chopin Shorts. Chopin’s Etudes performed by the young pianist, Dinara Klinton provide the films’ soundtrack.

    Classic FM’s John Suchet presents the annual Spirit of Christmas Carol Concerts for the third consecutive year with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, and the Norwegian brother and sister phenomenon Mari and Håkon Samuelson as violin and cello soloists.


    Liverpool Philharmonic’s chamber series in St. George’s Hall Concert Room in Liverpool features performances by some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles and recital artists. Catrin Finch, Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales and pianist Llŷr Williams, are both in recital at the invitation of Bryn Terfel as part of his Liverpool residency; and the season welcomes the Dante Quartet with Nicholas Daniel (oboe); the Emerson Quartet, Quartetto di Cremona, ATOS Trio and guitarists The Katona Twins.


    The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's imaginative and popular series of Family and Coffee Concerts and learning programmes including Classic Intros , Post-Concert Discussions; Discover the Classics presented by Classic FM's Creative Director, Tim Lihoreau and for the first time this season, Classic FM presenter Jane Jones; Lunchtime Learning presented by composer Ian Stephens and The Liverpool Philharmonic Experience, all complement the concert season, provide an introduction to the Orchestra and opportunities to participate in and find out more about the music.

    Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra commented: “It’s a great pleasure for me to stay in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic family. We have been on a long and successful journey together in the last seven years, and now there are new horizons ahead.

    “What is exciting for me is that we are now really getting to the core of a piece, understanding what is behind each work, and playing the music, not simply playing the notes. It’s a privilege for us as musicians to share this feeling with our audiences and I hope that everyone, whether you come to hear us regularly, or are just beginning to listen to our concerts, will find a lot to enjoy and discover in our new season.”

    Sandra Parr, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Artistic Planning Director (Orchestra & Ensembles) commented: “The 2013/14 season is a brilliant showcase for the artistry and versatility of our Orchestra and Chief Conductor. There is so much wonderful music to look forward to including our commemorations around the Britten and Richard Strauss anniversaries, and with our four Artists in Residence and the many other superb visiting artists we are welcoming to Liverpool, I think we can look forward to being truly inspired.”


    Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to announce that Liverpool John Moores University joins Investec Wealth & Investment as Principal Partner. The two-year sponsorship commitment commences with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's 2013/14 season in September.

    It marks a new type of partnership that centres on the University's investment in Liverpool Philharmonic's Learning programme, acknowledged as a national leader in the field in its quality, reach and impact. The partnership will also provide opportunities for LJMU students to hear concerts and participate in Liverpool Philharmonic's Learning programme. A concert series in the 2014/13 season is named after LJMU, which awarded Vasily Petrenko an Honorary Fellowship in 2012 for his contributions to Liverpool and the arts.


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