As we celebrate 75 years of the opening of the ‘new’ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall let’s reminisce a little…
This week’s ThrowbackThursday revisits the darkest day in the history of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic – the day that fire devastated the original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. These two photographs, which can be seen in the book by Darren Henley & Vincent McKernan ‘The Original Liverpool Sound’. They were taken 81 years ago this week.
It was the evening of Wednesday 5 July 1933 when, just after 7pm, smoke was spotted coming from the top of the Hall. As seen in the photographs a large crowd quickly gathered to watch the fire brigade bravely battle the blaze. The blaze was so fierce that the heat could be felt in the neighbouring streets, and tramcars that passed alongside the Hall before traffic was diverted. When the entire interior was on fire and the roof collapsed, it was clear that the building would not be saved. It had stood proudly since 1849.
Just a few years later the sounds of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra were heard in their new home. It is this ‘new’ Grade II* Listed building that we are currently refurbishing, securing its future. To keep up-to-date on the redevelopment, visit the blog at www.liverpoolphil.com/blog