Domingo Hindoyan’s second season as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic sees his relationship with the orchestra grow. For the 2022/23 season, he hopes to exhilarate audiences with a programme exploring works inspired by folk music, a genre that celebrates diverse identities, histories and cultures of people the world over. The season is filled with music by composers who explore this including Dvořák, Janáček, Bruch, Bartók – the master of folk songs - and of course, Vaughan Williams, in his 150th anniversary year.
“I have a real chemistry with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and I can’t wait to see where that takes us this season,” says Domingo Hindoyan. “I am thrilled to be able to introduce the audience to more of the music of South America, some of which I will be performing with Pacho Flores, this season’s Artist in Residence. I am also excited to welcome my friend and mentor, Daniel Barenboim to perform in Liverpool in January – his first visit to this beautiful City in 50 years. Later in the season, I am delighted to be able to bring a passion of mine to the orchestra: opera, and have invited international opera star, Sir Bryn Terfel for Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi working with the European Opera Centre.”
The season opens with a blaze of trumpets on 17 September with Domingo Hindoyan conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Janáček’s Sinfonietta followed by Mahler’s Symphony No.4, a symphony inspired by folk poetry, aiming to provide listeners with a varied musical landscape of rugged mountains, sweeping countryside, and even a glimpse of heaven.
Hindoyan and the orchestra are joined throughout the season by a glittering list of soloists including the conductor’s friend and mentor Daniel Barenboim (14 January); Sir Bryn Terfel (10 & 12 March); Artist in Residence trumpeter Pacho Flores, and Young Artist in Residence, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason. A raft of internationally renowned pianists will perform including Nobuyuki Tsujii (20 & 23 October), Benjamin Grosvenor (9 February), Katia and Marielle Labèque (8 & 11 June) and Inon Barnatan (29 June). In addition, artists performing in Liverpool include saxophonist Jess Gillam (1 December), accordionist Ksenija Sidorova (8 December), baritone Benjamin Appl (18 February), and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (23 March) as well as Liverpool debuts for star violinist Johan Dalene (30 March) and sopranos Dorothee Mields (7 January), Victoria Randem (18 February) and Nardus Williams (24 June).
Conductor Laureate Vasily Petrenko makes a welcome return to Liverpool conducting concerts in November 2022 and May 2023 including conducting the UK premiere of Phantasma, a new work by Bernd Richard Deutsch which has been co-commissioned with the Concertgebouw, Cleveland and Bamberger orchestras. Celebrations to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams will be led by Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze, with performances including Symphony No.5 (6 & 9 October), and live orchestral and choral accompaniment to the film Scott of the Antarctic (15 October). Conductors making guest appearances in the 2022/23 season include debuts for Emilia Hoving (10 November), Clemens Schuldt (7 January), Corinna Niemeyer (18 February), Catherine Larsen-Maguire (19 April), Karel Deseure (8 & 11 June), and Roderick Cox (29 June); with returning visits by Andris Poga (1 December), Elena Schwarz (8 December), Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider (2 February), Kahchun Wong (9 February), Joshua Weilerstein (30 March), and Martyn Brabbins (24 June).
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir joins the orchestra on several occasions during the season including on 24 November for a performance of Puccini’s Messe di Gloria conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, Mozart’s Requiem (18 February), Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion (6 April) and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (24 June).
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra On Demand concerts will continue in the 2022/23 season, reaching those who are unable to attend the orchestra’s concerts live. Each concert will be followed by a live post-concert Zoom Q&A session with musicians, conductors and staff. The three concerts, all conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, that will be made available are: Beethoven’s Emperor (15 November), Bruckner Symphony No.4 (28 February) and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (16 May).
Later in the season (23 September), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will release their first album with Domingo Hindoyan. Produced by Onyx Classics, the album will be a celebration of French composers, featuring the music of Debussy, Roussel and Dukas.
The Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series in 2022/23 takes place across three venues: The Tung Auditorium (Ensemble 10:10’s new home), St George’s Hall Concert Room and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Music Room. The series sees soloists with the orchestra such as Nobuyuki Tsujii (2 November), Isata Kanneh-Mason (19 May) and Katia and Marielle Labèque (10 June) perform additional concerts during their visits to Liverpool. The series also includes the internationally renowned Borodin Quartet (22 November) and Brodsky Quartet (14 March) as well as Benjamin Appl and James Baillieu (23 February). The musicians of the Orchestra also present a series of Close Up evening and Lunchtime concerts in the Music Room throughout the year.
Ensemble 10:10, Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group, celebrates its 25th anniversary this season. Events to mark the occasion include a world premiere by winner of the Rushworth Composition Prize 2021 Nneka Cummins, which will be their first composition for Liverpool Philharmonic, alongside the UK premiere of Tania León’s Rítmicas and a performance of Berio’s Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and ensemble (26 October) in which the Ensemble will be joined by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston and conductor Geoffrey Paterson. Celebrations continue later in the year, as Ensemble 10:10 invite audiences to join them as they reflect on their 25-year history. Conductor Clark Rundell leads the group on a deep-dive of contemporary music from Liverpool and the North West that has been premiered by the group (15 February). In their last concert of the season, conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguire makes her debut with the Ensemble (19 April). The concert will be a celebration of new sounds, and feature premieres from two up-and-coming composers: Ailís Ní Ríain and Claire Victoria Roberts.
Flying the flag for young musicians, the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Choir will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria (25 March). Rising star Jeneba Kanneh-Mason will join them to perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, conducted by Andrew Manze. The Youth Company Festival will see three performances from Liverpool Philharmonic’s Youth Ensembles over an entire weekend dedicated to celebrating young musicians (1 & 2 July). The Youth Brass Band perform a programme inspired by adventure, under the baton of Simon Cowen; later that day, the Youth Session Orchestra present an eclectic mix of jazz, funk and Afrobeat. Closing the weekend’s festivities will be the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Childrens Choirs with Kantos Chamber Choir, presenting a folk inspired performance. Later in the month, the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform side-by-side with members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for works by Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and Copland (16 July).
In the 2022/23 season, Liverpool Philharmonic continues its commitment to the wider community hosting a selection of concerts for all ages and abilities. The fully accessible Music Room will host dementia friendly and relaxed concerts, in addition to performances for those aged five and under.
Specially created concerts will be held for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers (3 December and 18 April). A small chamber ensemble formed from Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians will provide well-known melodies and favourite songs for audience members. The concerts will be fully relaxed, with break-out spaces available for those who might need somewhere quiet.
Concerts designed especially for audiences aged 5 and under will see presenter and producer Claire Henry guiding audiences through two unique musical experiences (26 October & 15 February), connecting art and magic with classical music. Five concerts are also available for the whole family, from spooky sounds to Christmas carols, these concerts encourage music making at its loudest and liveliest. Later in the year (28 January), fans of The Gruffalo will join the Orchestra as they follow Mouse through the deep, dark wood. For sci-fi lovers, there’s a relaxed Intergalactic Adventure (16 April), which will see audiences rocketing through the cosmos into the worlds of Holst’s The Planets and John Williams’ Star Wars. This performance, along with Singalong with Santa (18 December, 2:30pm), Spirit of Christmas (22 December), Messiah (7 January), Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion (6 April) and A Child of our Time (24 June) will be signed by a BSL interpreter.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic, says : “It is wonderful to embark on a new season with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with Domingo Hindoyan leading us for his second season as Chief Conductor, having established such a fantastic relationship with the Orchestra and our audiences in his first. With a great roster of international artists and composers, and a real breadth of music from across the repertoire, we hope to inspire and excite audiences from Liverpool, around the UK, and beyond.
We are thrilled to be marking the 25th anniversary of Ensemble 10:10, which is at the centre of our commitment to new music. Their programmes this season reflect that commitment, with several premieres and works from some of the most exciting composers around today.”
General booking opens on Monday 13 June.
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