The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has revealed its November concert series including performances by the Youth Orchestra and the debut of rising star conductor Stephanie Childress.
Audiences are reduced to a capacity of 390 – up from the current 240 – for each concert, and strict Covid-safe socially distanced measures are in place both in the auditorium and backstage.
The November series will kick off with two programmes conducted by chief conductor Vasily Petrenko (above), marking his final season with the Phil. Clarinettist Julian Bliss joins the orchestra for three concerts on November 5 and 8, while the orchestra performs works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Schreker on November 12 and 15.
Young artist in residence Isata Kanneh-Mason has added an additional date, now appearing on November 17 as well as the previously-announced November 4.
Childress, who recently won second place in the La Maestra competition, conducts the Phil on November 19 and 22, with the programme of works including Faure and Mozart. Tenor Peter Hoare will perform Britten’s Nocturne song cycle.
Cellist Gethyn Jones and the Ensemble of St Luke’s present Discover Beethoven: String Quartets on November 21 at 11am.
Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s string and wind and brass ensembles also perform concerts on November 21 and 22, while Kahchun Wong conducts Beethoven’s exhilarating Seventh Symphony on November 26 and 29.
And Equilibrium – a quartet of RLPO string players - will perform a concert on November 28.
Looking forward to December, the 80th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth and 40th anniversary of his murder will be marked with three performances of a revised, shortened concert John Lennon – A Life in Music on December 9-11.
There are also other orchestral concerts for early December which are set to go on sale at the same time.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic chief executive Michael Eakin said: "It was a delight last week to welcome musicians and audiences back to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
"This next set of concerts is another positive step forwards with an ambitious, diverse programme of music and musicians.
“We’re also incredibly proud to welcome our Youth Orchestra to the stage which will no doubt be a brilliant weekend showcasing some of the Northwest’s finest young musical talent.”
Tickets go on general sale on October 15. Full details from the website HERE