Four internationally-acclaimed musicians have accepted invitations to become artists in residence at Liverpool, following the announcement of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s new concert season.
Bryn Terfel, Andrew Manze, Christian Lindberg and Simon Trpčeski will perform not only with the orchestra but will also become involved in all other aspects of the Liverpool Philharmonic, including the burgeoning learning programme.
Terfel will give a concert performance of Tosca along with young singers from the Liverpool-based European Opera Centre while Lindberg will conduct a concert of Sibelius as well as his own compositions and will play in Liverpool Philharmonic’s chamber concerts series. There will be an original tribute to Benjamin Britten by Andrew Manze who will conduct a concert of composers who influenced the British composer while Trpčeski will direct a concert of Shostakovich from the piano and will also play in the chamber concert series.
The world première of a percussion concerto by Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police, will take place as well as the UK première of Piano Concerto No 2 ‘Tenerife’ by Dominican-born pianist Michel Camilo, making a rare UK appearance.
The Britten centenary and the Richard Strauss 150th anniversaries will be celebrated. ‘Strauss Edition’ will be a year-long exploration of his major tone poems. The Britten concerts will take place in November and December and will include his Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, premièred in Liverpool in 1946.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir will perform extensively in the season, singing the Brahms Requiem, Bach’s St John Passion, Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and a range of other works. Film composer Richard Kaufmann will also be returning to Liverpool to conduct three concerts, including the screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl with a live orchestral and choral accompaniment.
According to Philharmonic chief executive Michael Eakin, box office figures rose again last year. ‘But we do not take that for granted,’ he noted. Eakin spoke about the challenging time faced by the organisation over funding and the planned refurbishment of Philharmonic Hall, starting next year. Eakin also spoke of how pleased the organisation was that chief conductor Vasily Petrenko had decided to extend his contract indefinitely, something heartily endorsed by the 1,500 who had come to Philharmonic Hall for the new season launch. He also announced a major new sponsorship deal with Liverpool John Moores University, which becomes the Philharmonic’s second principal partner. Vice chancellor Professor Nigel Weatherill said: ‘I want all 25,000 of our students to experience culture and broaden their horizons.’