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RLPO unveils busy spring concert season at Philharmonic Hall


The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has unveiled a revised spring season of 40 performances in Hope Street.

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, RPS 2020 Instrumentalist Award winner viola player Lawrence Power, violinist Diana Tishchenko and Internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 are among a busy line-up for the live performances at Philharmonic Hall.

There will also be five ‘On Demand’ concerts streamed straight into classical music lovers’ homes.

Tickets for the January to March shows go on sale to priority booking customers on Tuesday, December 8 and on general sale on Friday, December 11.

The New Year begins on January 9-10 with the RLPO’s own principal flute Cormac Henry performing Nielsen’s Flute Concerto in a concert conducted by Andrew Manze.

VOCES8 presents a programme on January 12 that celebrates the joy and beauty of voices in harmony, music from the Renaissance to Jazz and Pop, and Philharmonic favourite Sheku Kannah-Mason performs Dvorak’s Cello Concerto on January 14 and 17.

On January 21 and 23, Andrew Poga conducts pianist Joseph Moog and the Phil in a programme of Copland, Tomasi, Stravinsky and Brahms.

Above: Vasily Petrenko. Photo by Mark McNulty.

Top: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Photo by Jake Turney.


The wind and brass players of Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra play on January 24, while chief conductor Vasily Petrenko is on the podium for concerts on January 28 and 31, and Rebecca Tong returns to Hope Street to conduct the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth string ensembles on January 30.

February welcomes director and violist Lawrence Power (February 4), conductor and violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider wielding both baton and bow (February 12) and music by Mozart and Schubert, conducted by Mihhail Gerts with pianist Martin James Bartlett (February 18 and 21).

On February 6-7 there will be a special celebration of the work of Astor Piazzolla to mark the centenary of the birth of the Argentinian composer, and on February 14 a programme of Music For Valentine’s Day.

The month of music concludes with the Beethoven Septet on February 25, and a programme of Vivaldi and Piazzolla on February 27-28.

Ian Tracey conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir on March 4-6.

RLPO tuba player Robin Haggart


The March concert series also includes Ensemble 10/10 on March 5, a Pirate Party Family Concert on March 6, the Phil’s brass and percussion sections in concert on March 7, and all-female quartet Equilibrium – introducing works by unsung women composers – performing on International Women’s Day, March 8.

Cellist Anastasia Kobekina joins the RLPO and Vasily Petrenko for a programme of music by Shostakovich and Beethoven on March 11 and 14, while Discover: Beethoven String Quartets on March 13 features cellist Gethyn Jones and the Ensemble of St Luke’s.

Petrenko also conducts music by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Schreker on March 18 and 20, while Kevin John Edusei is on conducting duty on March 25.

The Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra returns on March 21 for two separate concerts, members of the Youth Choirs perform on March 27, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company Brass Band takes centre stage on March 28.

On Demand concert broadcasts include live pre and post-concert Zooms with author and broadcaster Stephen Johnson who leads the talk alongside artists and conductors. Audience members can ask questions and take part in a discussion about the performance they have heard.


For more details of the full programme and booking visit the website HERE