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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces April – June concerts
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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra announces April – June concerts

Wednesday 17 March 2021
  • 9 concerts with audiences at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall from Thursday 20 May
  • 6 On Demand concerts broadcast online from Tuesday 6 April
  • Programme featuring superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Chief Conductor, Vasily Petrenko and Chief Conductor Designate, Domingo Hindoyan
  • World premiere of Dani Howard’s Trombone Concerto


Music returns to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this Spring as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles perform a mix of live concerts with audiences (from 20 May) and On Demand concerts (broadcast online from 6 April).

The exciting programme includes Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor Designate Domingo Hindoyan, superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, pianists Paul Lewis and Steven Osborne. 

Petrenko will lift everyone’s spirits as the Orchestra performs their first concert since 30 December featuring works by Beethoven, Delius and Prokofiev (20/23 May). Steven Verhaert conducts the Orchestra’s Brass and Percussion Ensemble with a programme including works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky (10 June).

On 12 June, Clark Rundell conducts a concert featuring the works of Astor Piazzolla, the king of ‘Nuevo tango’, in what would have been the composers’ centenary year.

Klezmer-ish are a talented quartet made up of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra musicians. They bring a trademark twist to whatever genre they chose, from jazz to tango. Klezmer-ish perform The Lockdown Songbook! a mix of pieces recorded during lockdown including from their new album ‘Dusty Road’ (14 June).

Domingo Hindoyan comes to Liverpool to conduct his first concerts since being named Chief Conductor Designate (17/20 June). The first is a beautifully contrasting programme ranging from Stravinsky’s Octet to the world premiere of British composer and orchestrator Dani Howard’s Trombone Concerto performed by Peter Moore. Both concerts feature Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony’, with the second concert also featuring Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’.


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand

Six new, one-hour concerts will be broadcast as part of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s On Demand series.

Vasily Petrenko leads the Orchestra for four of these concerts starting on 6 April with Stravinsky – In memoriam 50 years. The programme pays tribute to the composer’s music which has been at the heart of the Orchestra’s repertoire under Petrenko. He’ll also conduct Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne and Scherzo (20 April), Poulenc’s charming Sinfonietta, Gerhard Alegrías’ toe-tapping Suite from the ballet Divertissement Flamenco and Falla’s popular El amor brujo – Ballet Suite (all 4 May).

Superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (1 June) conducted by Rory Macdonald.

The On Demand programme culminates in a concert under Hindoyan’s baton featuring works by Stravinsky, Dani Howard, Ravel and Prokofiev (29 June).

All On Demand concerts will be preceded by a live pre-concert talk on Zoom at 7pm with BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Stephen Johnson. Afterwards audiences can join musicians, conductors and composers for a ‘post-match analysis’ style Q&A. Concerts will be available to watch for 30 days. 


Safety measures

We’ve maintained additional measures at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to ensure the safety of audiences. All concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall last one hour with no interval, seating is socially-distanced in households or social bubbles. All staff and audience members are asked to wear masked unless exempt. There is increased cleaning and regular fogging of the auditorium. Our surveys from the autumn indicated that 98% of customers say they have felt completely or very safe when attending a concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


Tickets for concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall cost from £24 per person and will go on general sale on Wednesday 17 March at 10am. Tickets for On Demand concerts cost from £10 for an individual ticket, or from £54 for the series of 6 (saving 10%).


Visit liverpoolphil.com or call the box office on 0151 709 3789 to purchase tickets.


Notes to editors


The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall are as follows:


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday 20 May 7.30pm           
Sunday 23 May 2.30pm


Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

Delius Two pieces for small orchestra: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring and Summer night on the river

Prokofiev Sinfonietta

Vasily Petrenko conductor                                  

Paul Lewis piano



Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 27 May 7.30pm

Friday 28 May 7.30pm

Kalinnikov Serenade for Strings

Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1

Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Richard Cowen trumpet

Piano soloist to be confirmed


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussion

Thursday 10 June 7.30pm                                           

Mussorgsky Night on Bare Mountain

Shostakovich Jazz Suite No. 2

Rimsky-Korsakov The Young Prince and the Princesses from Scheherazade

Shostakovich Suite from “The Gadfly”

Steven Verhaert conductor    



Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Saturday 12 June 7.30pm

¡Viva Piazzolla! A concert to mark the composer’s centenary

La Mufa : Tango 1995
Milonga del Angel arr. Jim Parker

Midsummer Night’s Dream (arr. Hywel Davies - World Premiere)
La Muerte del Angel
Todo Buenos Aires arr. John Adams

Clark Rundell conductor



Klezmer-ish: The Lockdown Songbook!                   

Monday 14 June 7.30pm

Thomas Verity clarinet
Concettina Del Vecchio piano accordion/violin
Marcel Becker double bass
Robert Shepley guitar/violin



Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Thursday 17 June 7.30pm


Stravinsky Octet

Dani Howard Trombone Concerto (world premiere, Liverpool Philharmonic commission)

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 ‘Classical’                     

Domingo Hindoyan conductor                           
Peter Moore trombone



Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday 20 June 2.30pm

Prokofiev Symphony No.1 ‘Classical’
Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’

Domingo Hindoyan conductor       


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand concerts:


Tuesday 6 April

Stravinsky – In memoriam 50 years

Suite No.1 for small orchestra

Apollon Musagète for strings

Concerto for Piano and Winds

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Steven Osborne piano


Tuesday 20 April

Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture, Nocturne and Scherzo

Schubert Overture ‘In the Italian style’

Beethoven Symphony No.2

Vasily Petrenko conductor


Tuesday 4 May

Poulenc Sinfonietta

Gerhard Alegrías Suite from the ballet Divertissement Flamenco

Falla El amor brujo – Ballet Suite

Vasily Petrenko conductor



Tuesday 11 May

Hindemith Overture, Amor and Psyche

Shostakovich Incidental Music to Hamlet (concert suite)

Schreker The Birthday of the Infanta

Vasily Petrenko conductor



Tuesday 1 June

Wagner Siegfried Idyll

Dvořák Cello Concerto

Rory Macdonald conductor

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello



Tuesday 29 June

Stravinsky   Octet

Dani Howard Trombone Concerto (world premiere, Liverpool Philharmonic commission)

Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Prokofiev Symphony No.1 ‘Classical’

Domingo Hindoyan conductor         

Peter Moore trombone




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