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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - June and July concerts
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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - June and July concerts

Wednesday 19 May 2021
  • Vasily Petrenko’s final concerts as Chief Conductor on 9 and 10 July
  • Nine new concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall from 22 June to 18 July
  • One new On Demand concert
  • One Family concert on 27 June


Liverpool Philharmonic today announces nine new concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and associated ensembles from 22 June to 18 July. These include Vasily Petrenko’s final concerts as Chief Conductor before he assumes his new role as Conductor Laureate. Also featured are performances by Young Artist in Residence, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

In recital, Ólafsson explores works by Debussy and Rameau (22 June), then performs piano concertos by Mozart and Bach, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor, Andrew Manze (24 June).

Isata Kanneh-Mason makes her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mendelssohn’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 1 (1 July) in a programme conducted by Ryan Bancroft.

On 3 July, baroque ensemble Red Priest presents an evening of works including Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Tartini’s The Devil’s Trill Sonata as well as works by Bach, Albinoni, PachelbelLocatelliEccles and Gaspar Sanz.

Finally, on 9 and 10 July two concerts led by Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will celebrate the end his remarkable 15-year tenure as Chief Conductor.  The programme for these very special concerts will be announced on 21 June.


Family Concert

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Family Concert: Pirate Party (27 June) is a chance for all the family to enjoy music. Conducted by Rebecca Tong and presented by Alasdair Malloy, the one-hour matinée features a collection of seafaring songs including music from Pirates of the Caribbean and the famous The Sailor’s Hornpipe.


Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Two ensembles from the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will perform in July:  The String Ensemble and Wind and Brass Ensemble (both 18 July).  Conducted by Simon Emery, these concerts include works by Bartok, Warlock, Dukas and Bizet.


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra On Demand

Three concerts in June and July will be made available for audiences to purchase and watch at home as part of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra On Demand series.  Each concert is available to watch for 30 days from the broadcast date.

Superstar cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Dvořák’s Cello Concerto (from 1 June).

Chief Conductor Designate, Domingo Hindoyan, conducts a programme including works by Stravinsky, Ravel and Prokofiev as well as the world premiere of Dani Howard’s Trombone Concerto (from 29 June). Vasily Petrenko’s final concert as Chief Conductor will be broadcast from 20 July.

Each On Demand concert is preceded by a live pre-concert talk on Zoom at 7pm by BBC Radio 3 broadcaster and author Stephen Johnson, and a post-concert Q&A session with musicians, conductors and composers in a sort of ‘post-match analysis’. This is a chance for audiences to ask questions and participate.    


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. 98% of customers say they have felt completely or very safe when attending a concert at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Tickets cost from £24 per person. Family concerts are priced from £8 per child and £12 per adult. On Demand concerts cost from £10.

Ticket go on sale Wednesday 19 May.

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


Notes to editors


About Liverpool Philharmonic

At the heart of our programme is the critically-acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (the UK’s oldest) and Choir; work with young people through our Youth Company and In Harmony Liverpool; and presentation of over 400 diverse concerts and events each year at our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


The programme from 22 June to 18 July is as follows:

Víkingur Ólafsson piano

Tuesday 22 June 7:30pm


Debussy Prélude (from La Damoiselle élue)

Rameau Suite in E (selection)

Debussy Jardins sous la pluie (from Estampes); Serenade for the Doll and The Snow is Dancing (from Children’s Corner)

Rameau Suite in D (selection)

Debussy Des pas sur la neige (from Préludes, Book 2)

Rameau Suite in D (selection)

Rameau / Ólafsson The Arts and the Hours

Debussy La fille aux cheveux de lin and Ondine (from Préludes, Books 1 and 2)

Rameau Suite in G (selection)

Supported by Rodewald Concert Society


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 24 June 7.30pm

Bach Piano Concerto No.5

Mozart Piano Concerto No.19

Haydn Symphony No.100 ‘Military’

Andrew Manze conductor

Víkingur Ólafsson piano



Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Family Concert: Pirate Party

Sunday 27 June 2.30pm

Leroy Anderson The Pirate March
Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
Rosas Over the Waves


Plus music from the Pirates of the Caribbean films and the famous The Sailor’s Hornpipe

Rebecca Tong conductor
Alasdair Malloy presenter


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 1 July 7.30pm


Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1  

Jörg Widmann   Con brio: Concert overture for orchestra (chamber orchestra version)

Beethoven Symphony No.5

Ryan Bancroft conductor

Isata Kanneh-Mason  piano



Red Priest: Truly Madly Baroque

Saturday 3 July 7.30pm

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.5
Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins
Albinoni Oboe Concerto Op.9 No.2
Tartini The Devil’s Trill Sonata
And works by Pachelbel, Locatelli, Eccles, Gaspar Sanz


Piers Adams recorders
Adam Summerhayes violin
Angela East cello
David Wright harpsichord


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor: Final Concerts

Friday 9 July 7.30pm

Saturday 10 July 7.30pm

Programme to be announced on 21 June

Sponsored by Investec


Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: String Ensembles

Sunday 18 July 1pm

Programme to include: 
Bartok Romanian Dances 
Warlock Capriol Suite

Simon Emery conductor


Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra: Wind and Brass Ensembles

Sunday 18 July 7pm

Programme to include: 
Dukas Fanfare: La Peri
Bizet Suite from Carmen

Simon Emery conductor


Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand concerts in June and July are as follows:

Tuesday 1 June 7pm

Wagner Siegfried Idyll

Dvořák Cello Concerto


Rory Macdonald conductor

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello
Sponsored by Hill Dickinson 


Tuesday 29 June 7pm

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

Sponsored by David M Robinson



Tuesday 20 July 7pm

Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor

Final Concert – programme announced on 21 June

Sponsored by Investec

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