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The latest jnformation from Liverpool Philharmonic's quarterly magazine, including news from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and member events.

Text of Encore Autumn/Winter 2013

  • encoreNews from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Autumn/Winter 2013

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    Bryn Terfels tenure as one ofLiverpool Philharmonics fourArtists in Residence was amemorable two weeks duringwhich capacity audiences atLiverpool Philharmonic Hallenjoyed the virtuosity and artisticgenerosity of the multi-awardwinning opera star whose concertsopened the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic Orchestras 2014/13concert season.

    A Night at the Musicals, BrahmsA German Requiem, a lunchtimeconcert of music by Bach and twostupendous performances ofPuccinis Tosca, during whichTerfel reprised one of his signatureroles as the dangerouslycharismatic Scarpia, all celebratedone of musics great voices.

    You cannot have Bryn intown for almost two weeksand not have him deliver oneof his most indeliblecreations. Review of Tosca

    To net Bryn Terfel for atwo-week stint was areal coup for the RLPO...his appearances inBach, Brahms andsongs from the shows,plus his animatingpresence behind thescenes, have lived up tosky-high expectations.Petrenko and theorchestra matchedTerfels five-starquality... nothing shortof masterful. review of ToscaSeptember 2013

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    Thanks to the Cityof Liverpool for itsfinancial support

    encoreEdited byJayne Garrity, Head of Communications

    DesignPaul Hooley

    Commissioned photographyMark McNulty

    Cover PhotoLiverpool Philharmonic at the BBC Proms2013 (see page 10)




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    Later in the season, LiverpoolPhilharmonic looks forward towelcoming Christian Lindberg,Andrew Manze and SimonTrpceski as Artists in Residencewho will all, like Bryn, beinvolved in multiple concerts,talks, masterclasses, specialevents and in our extensivelearning programme.

    ... a thing of beautyshould count a majorsuccess. review of BrahmsA German Requiem

    Scenes from the performance ofPuccinis Tosca.

    Christian Lindberg, Simon Trpceski,Andrew Manze

    Liverpool Philharmonic


    A wonderfully, warm,feel-good night ofquality musicReview of A Night at theMusicals

    ...a compelling,uncluttered semi-staging withoutstanding co-stars The choirsound terrific Petrenko'sconducting dazzlesand excites. review of Tosca

  • We are so close to makingthis wonderful project areality, and you can help usto raise the rest of themoney that we need tomake it happen. I hope thatwhen we meet in October2014 you will sit down inLiverpool PhilharmonicHall and think to yourself,I helped to make thishappen. There will be noone more grateful for yoursupport than me.Vasily PetrenkoChief Conductor

    What a pleasure it hasbeen to spend some qualitymusical times in Liverpoolover the past few weeksand a treat to work withyour fabulous orchestraand chief conductor.Congratulations on gettingso far in raising the moneyyou need (for therefurbishment). In thesechallenging financial times,thats really a greatachievement. Carry on thefabulous work and bestwishes for a successfulcampaign and I cant wait tocome back to see theresults and perform witheven more gusto!Bryn Terfel OBE (extract ofBrynTerfels message ofsupport read at the LoveMusic campaign launch)


    The event included a film presentation;presentations from Michael Eakin and VasilyPetrenko during which Vasily read a message ofsupport from Bryn Terfel; and a performance by abrass quintet from the Orchestra - Tim Jackson,Simon Cowen, Brendan Ball, Robin Haggart andPaul Marsden performing the music ofShostakovich and Gershwin. The event generateduniversally positive feedback from those whoattended.

    Our plans will significantly improve the experienceof the Hall for our resident musicians, visiting artistsand our audiences. Subject to us reaching ourfundraising target, works to the Hall will commencein Spring 2014, with the venue undergoing a periodof closure from 24 May until late October 2014. Thefull programme of works will be completed during2015, the 175th anniversary of the founding of theRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic.

    The wonderful news is that, thanks to major grantsfrom Arts Council England, Liverpool City Council,a number of Trusts and Foundations, and theextraordinary generosity of private donors, we havein place over 90% of the 12 million therefurbishment is going to cost.

    The finishing line is within touching distance. Onthe facing page, find out more about Love Musicand how you can support our campaign, or where you can watch the ashort film featuring interviews with some of ourmusicians and supporters talking with passionabout what music and Liverpool Philharmonicmeans to them.

    On 21 September, a full to capacity LiverpoolPhilharmonic Hall heard about Love Music TheCampaign for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic which is our final fundraising push to raise the 1million we need to reach our 12 million target tocomplete the Hall refurbishment programme.

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    Artists impressions of Liverpool Philharmonic refurbishment plans for theGrand Foyer Bar and Box Office area


    I knew as soon as I steppedfoot into LiverpoolPhilharmonic Hall for the firsttime that it was an inspiringplace, and also that it wouldneed investment to meet thechallenges of the future.The time for that investmenthas come. I hope that you willconsider getting involved andgiving your support to ourvision for the refurbishment ofour beautiful home.We wont be able to realise ourambitious plans for ourfuture without your help.

    Vasily PetrenkoChief ConductorRoyal LiverpoolPhilharmonic Orchestra


    We have raised 90% of ourfunding target of 12 millionto complete the refurbishmentwith major support fromour Principal Funders, ArtsCouncil England and LiverpoolCity Council, and from othergenerous donors.

    We must raise a further1 million to unlock that funding.

    If you are interested insupporting Love MusicThe Campaign for the RoyalLiverpool Philharmonic,or in finding out moreabout the refurbishment,please contact one of ourfundraising team bytelephoning0151 210 2921, or [email protected]

    To make an onlinedonation please


    New box office andrefreshed foyer areas

    Reinvigorated GrandFoyer Bar

    New accessible seatingin the Grand Circleof the auditorium

    New lift linking all foyersand the auditorium

    Improved backstage andproduction facilities forour resident musiciansand visiting artists

    An exciting new smallerscale venue forperformances and ourlearning programme

    Reduced energyconsumption

  • CLASSIC FMSUMMER LIVEIn partnership with LiverpoolCity Council and our mediapartner Classic FM, the RoyalLiverpool PhilharmonicOrchestra and Chief ConductorVasily Petrenko performed in amemorable free outdoor concert,Classic FM Summer Live inSefton Park in Liverpool.Hosted by Classic FM presenterJamie Crick, thousands ofpeople enjoyed the concert, partof a music-packed August bankholiday and staged as part of theinaugural LiverpoolInternational Music Festival.

    LANCASHIRECLASSICALMUSICCOLLABORATIONThe Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra hasjoined forces with Lancashire Classical MusicCollaboration a partnership with the Hall andManchester Camerata and three Lancashire venues,The Guild Hall, Preston, where Liverpool Philharmonichas a regular concert season, King Georges Hall,Blackburn and the Muni, Colne. Supported by a two-year funding agreement with Arts Council England, ourjoint aim is to spread the word and encourage morepeople in Lancashire to experience the thrill of classicalmusic performed live by three of the UKs greatorchestras who perform regularly in the county.

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    you can hear three world class orchestras perform in Lancashire venues near you?

    The Hall, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata featuring a host of internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists - are never more than 20 minutes away!

    To find out more go to



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    Why did you decide to becomea musician?I wasn't really any good at anythingelse!

    What's the one performancefrom your career that sticks inyour mind?Mozarts Posthorn SerenadewithChristoph Eschenbach in the SwissAlps. It was wonderful music andplayed in the most magical setting.

    What's the mostembarrassing thing that'shappened to you on stage?Having to play a concerto inLiverpool Philharmonic Hallwearing nothing but my pyjamasand barefoot!

    If you could work with onemusician, living or dead, whowould it be and why?Barbra Streisand, believe it or not. Iwould love to have the chance toshare the stage with one of the lastgreat larger than life superstars.

    Could you give us an exampleof the downside of theprofession, something thatthe average concert-goermight not know about? Often, by the time I get home thepub has shut! Also, I find that at theend of the evening my eyes aresmarting and a bit pink due tohaving not blinked enough duringthe performance.

    Does the touring lifestylebring out rock star behaviourin the orchestra?All I will say is that an orchestraknows how to let down its hair ...

    Have you witnessed anyserious diva strops in yourtime as a musician? There was one notable occasionwhe