Xmas Time At The Phil!

10687379_866904346687089_177546824292318797_oEveryone in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra knows the Christmas Season has begun when we arrive for work and there are two huge Xmas trees, one to stage right and the other to stage left, in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


Our first seasonal showing was a ‘pops’ concert with some of the greatest Xmas hits, all chosen and nicely arranged by conductor Richard Balcombe. A stellar singing quartet…

Graham Bickley vocalist
Maurice Clarke vocalist
Mary Carewe vocalist
Emma Kershaw vocalist

RLPO regular vocalist, Mary Carewe

RLPO regular vocalist, Mary Carewe

Let it Snow, Xmas movie favourites, Last Christmas, Mistletoe And Wine, White Christmas, Santa Baby, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer. Something for everyone!

After a couple of days rest, the RLPO now embark upon a punishing series of eleven concerts in the run up to Christmas, and rehearsals too! We have our ‘Rudolf On Hope Street’ family series with live reindeer, children’s choirs and RLPO, presented by the amazing Alasdair Malloy. The evenings will be taken by our ever popular ‘Spirit Of Xmas’ series presented by the mellifluous (both for his famous announcer’s voice and his trombone playing. John Suchet with soprano Pumeza Matshikiza adding festive sparkle. The evening concerts take a more serious tone and include our Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Philharmonic Youth Choir and Training Choir and internationally renowned organ soloist Ian Tracey wearing his very respected conductor’s hat. These performances are sell out affairs and have been for many years. Probably the hottest ticket in town.


Blyth Lindsay, who was Associate Principal Trombone for thirty four years, and has now been named Trombone Emeritus by the section, arrived to deliver his Xmas cards. ‘Tis the season to be merry!


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