A series of 14 one-hour socially-distanced concerts will launch from 1 October

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has announced it will be launching a programme of re-imagined concerts between 1 October and 4 November 2020. 

These will include the welcomed return of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko and Domingo Hindoyan’s first appearance since being appointed Chief Conductor Designate. Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Manze and conductor Joshua Weilerstein will also lead the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The varied repertoire will include two world premieres: Julian Joseph’s Othello 21 and 2019 Christopher Brooks Composition prize winner Athanasia Kontou’s, Antigone: Pure in her Crime. Also included is the UK premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte alongside works by Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Schubert and Stravinsky.

Bringing music back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, which has been silent since March

Performers include Liverpool Philharmonic’s new Artist in Residence baritone Roderick Williams and Young Artist in Residence pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason in recital. Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10, conducted by Geoffrey Paterson and current Artist in Residence mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston will also return to the stage. Amongst the popular returning soloists are two pianists playing Beethoven in his 250th year: Boris Giltburg playing Piano Concerto No. 4 and Stephen Hough performing Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’. Violinist Tasmin Little plays Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra in her final orchestral concerts.

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Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will conduct on 15 October and Sunday 18 October

Michael Eakin, Chief Executive commented, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome back our musicians and associated ensembles. These concerts will give the Orchestra a chance to get back to what they do best, delighting audiences and bringing music back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, which has been silent since March. The concerts will present new and exciting commissions as well as orchestral favourites, demonstrating the versatility and creativity of the Orchestra, conductors and musicians. I look forward to the first concert on 1 October.”

Each concert will last one hour with no interval. Seating will be limited to 240 people, with two-metre social distancing in place. The Orchestra will also be socially distanced on stage, which means the works they will perform are for smaller orchestral forces (up to 30 players). November’s concerts will be announced in early October.

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The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir Chorus Master Ian Tracey

The majority of these performances will also be streamed online from Wednesday 7 October in the new Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand concerts. Audiences can purchase a ticket to watch at home and will get access to exclusive pre and post- performance Zoom conversations with Orchestra musicians, conductors and artists. These online concerts will be hosted by journalist, BBC Radio 3 presenter and classical music specialist, Stephen Johnson.

Tickets for concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall cost from £24 per person and will go on general sale on Thursday 10 September. Tickets can be purchased online liverpoolphil.com or by telephone: 0151 709 3789

Tickets for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand concerts cost £10 and can be purchased at liverpoolphil.com/ondemand. The first concert will be released Wednesday 7 October.

Concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (November’s concerts will be announced in early October):

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Joshua Weilerstein conductor

Thursday 1 October 7.30pm and Sunday 4 October 2.30pm

Mozart Divertimento in D

Shaw Entr’acte for String Orchestra

Ives The Unanswered Question

Beethoven Symphony No. 4

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Manze conductor

Thursday 8 October 7.30pm and Sunday 11 October 2.30pm

Sibelius Suite, Mignonne

Beethoven Grosse Fuge

Schubert Symphony No. 5

Baritone Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn, piano

Monday 12 October 7.30pm

Finzi Songs from Before and After Summer: ‘Childhood among the ferns’ and ‘Before and After Summer’

Ireland Summer Schemes, Great Things, The Self-Unseeing, Overlooking the River

Britten Proud Songsters (Thrushes, Finches and Nightingales)

Weir Written on Terrestrial Things

Bax The Market Girl

Venables A Kiss

Britten A Day-close in November, Epeisodia, Amabel, He Abjures Love

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko conductor

Boris Giltburg piano

Thursday 15 October 7.30pm and Sunday 18 October 2.30pm

Rossini Overture, The Silken Ladder

Stravinsky Octet

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Ensemble 10/10

Geoffrey Paterson conductor

Jennifer Johnston mezzo soprano

Musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 22 October 7.30pm

Kontou Antigone: Pure in her Crime (world premiere)

Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert

Britten Phaedra: a dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano and small orchestra

Liverpool Wind Collective

Helen Wilson flute

Ruth Davies oboe

Ausiàs Garrigós-Morant clarinet

Gareth Twigg bassoon

Stephen Nicholls horn

Saturday 24 October 7.30pm

Julian Joseph Othello 21 (world premiere)

Zemlinsky Humoreske

Barber Summer Music

Parker Mississippi Five

Liverpool Philharmonic Brass and Percussion Ensemble

John Iveson conductor

Sunday 25 October 2.30pm

Music by Gabrieli, Britten, Mowat and Dukas

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan conductor

Stephen Hough piano

Thursday 29 October 7.30pm

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’

Bartok Divertimento

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Domingo Hindoyan conductor

Tasmin Little violin

Saturday 31 October 7.30pm and Sunday 1 November 2.30pm

Williams The Lark Ascending

Ravel Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra

Mozart Symphony No 40

Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Wednesday 4 November 7.30pm

Beethoven Sonata in A major, Op. 2, No. 2

Chopin Nocturne No. 13 in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Poulenc Nocturnes No. 5 (Phalènes) and No. 7 (Assez allant)

Barber Nocturne, Op. 33

Gershwin Three Preludes

Barber Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26

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