Welcome to the 2017-18 Season

Join us for another season of fantastic music, from cornerstones of the classical repertoire to new and less familiar music. We begin the season with a series of concerts featuring American artists and composers, and music by European composers influenced by America or who sought sanctuary there.

The season is full of must-see artists and rising stars, conductors and soloists who’ve become firm favourites in Liverpool along with a number making their Liverpool debuts. We’re delighted that the great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel and pianist Stephen Hough return to Liverpool this season as our Artists in Residence. He’ll sing in two of Verdi's masterpieces - the dramatic Requiem and the opera Falstaff in which he will reprise his internationally acclaimed signature role of Sir John Falstaff. And he showcases his great versatility in a concert of songs from the musicals with Ruthie Henshall.

Wirral-born Stephen Hough’s residency is at the centre of a focus on the piano this season. Stephen will perform all five Beethoven piano concertos; he’ll perform in recital as part of our Chamber Music Series, perform some of his own compositions in Music Room and take part in talks too.

There are the usual traditions of our concert seasons in Liverpool, our Spirit of Christmas carol concerts, and annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. Film screenings with live music have become very popular and there are three this season, while our fun-packed family concerts are a great introduction to the orchestra. With chamber music at St. George’s Hall Concert Room, the Close-Up series in Music Room, showcasing the versatility of our musicians in the Orchestra in a range of smaller ensembles and music, and lots of opportunities to find out more about the music, I hope you’ll find plenty to enjoy with us this season.

In more than a decade here in the great city of Liverpool, I’ve been proud to play my part in the history of Liverpool Philharmonic, making music with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, and our youth ensembles too. We’re all so grateful for the belief in and support of our vision to be one of the world’s great music-making organisations, deeply rooted in our city, and an ambassador for Liverpool.

We continue to benefit from the great support of our Principal Funders, Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, our Principal Partners, Investec Wealth & Investment and Liverpool John Moores University, Premier Sponsor, Hill Dickinson, trusts and foundations, sponsors and the magnificent generosity of many individuals. We really could not do what we do without such support. Find out more about how to support our music-making.

On behalf of us all at Liverpool Philharmonic I offer our sincere gratitude. We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy more great music with us this season.


Vasily Petrenko
Chief Conductor

Visit What's On pages and filter events by 'Classical Music' to explore all Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra concerts.

You can also view a version of the full season printed brochure on issu.

Read the press release for Season 2017/18 here.

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