Well, this is a very exciting day! Having been closed for six months, Liverpool Philharmonic is reopening this evening at 5.30pm to the public for our 7.30pm concert. Stage one of the £14million redevelopment is complete and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra is back home where it belongs in our 175th anniversary year!
The programme, conducted by Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko will be:
Debussy – Iberia
Hollywood Legend James Horner – Pas Des Deux (world premiere)
Mari Samuelsen violin
Håkon Samuelsen cello
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 5
Here is what ‘The Phil’ have to say about this auspicious occasion…
Photos by the outstanding Mark McNulty
The works, to the Grade II* listed Hall, which are being completed in two phases, will be continuing towards the completion of the £13.8million refurbishment project in summer 2015.
Phase 1 focuses on the main Hall and includes the auditorium, all public, front of house spaces, and backstage dressing rooms. Phase 2 includes the building of an exciting new, smaller-scale venue that will be used for performances and our learning programme; and backstage production facilities, warm-up rooms, office accommodation etc. Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be fully completed in summer 2015.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said: “There is still much work to be done before the full completion of the refurbishment programme in summer 2015 and although some facilities will not be complete when we reopen, we have been keen to welcome audiences back to the Hall for concerts and events as soon as we could. The completion of the full complex in summer 2015 will be one of the highlights of Liverpool Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary year. In the meantime, until all our new facilities are operational, we will be doing all we can to ensure everyone’s comfort and enjoyment when visiting Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.”
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