Saturday 14 June 2014

Celebrations in Liverpool

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra © Mark McNulty
Vasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
© Mark McNulty
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's 2014/15 season will be celebrating both the 175th anniversary of the Founding of the Liverpool Philharmonic, and the anniversaries of Tchaikovsky (175) and Sibeliuis (150). Not only that, but the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall will reopen in November 2014, cause for celebration indeed. Throughout the season are a number of commissions and premieres being performed as part of the celebrations.

The season will be Vasily Petrenko's ninth as Chief Conductor and for the 175th anniversary that are a number of commissions and premieres. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in a concert in Liverpool Catherdral which includes the premiere of Nico Muhly's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (25/10). Back in the refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Petrenko conducts the premiere of the Double Concerto by film composer James Horner which will be performed by the brother and sister team of Mari (violin) and Haakon (cello) Samuelsen (12,13/11). Michael Torke and Graham Fitkin have both composer a Concerto for Orchestra (20/11 and 7/5/2015) the first of a sequence of such commissions for the 175th anniversary.

Vasily Petrenko  © Mark McNulty
Vasily Petrenko © Mark McNulty
Chinese composer's Tan Dun's Double Bass Concerto is premiered by the orchestra's principal double bass Marcel Becker, conducted by Darrell Ang (12/2/2015). This is part of an ongoing sequence of concerti being commissioned for the orchestra's principal players. James MacMillan conducts his own A Little Mass written for the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir, Training Choir and Melody Makers. It will be performed as part of a concert of Easter music. The commission is supported by Sally, Mary and Jonathan Groves to mark the centenary of Sir Charles Groves, the orchestra's former principal conductor (28/3/2015).

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