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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is Britain's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and was founded in 1840.



The orchestra gives over sixty concerts each season in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and tours widely throughout the United Kingdom and internationally, most recently touring to China, Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany, Romania and the Czech Republic. In recent seasons, world première performances have included major works by Sir John Tavener, Karl Jenkins, Michael Nyman and Jennifer Higdon, John McCabe, Emily Howard, Gary Carpenter, Mark Simpson and Kenneth Hesketh.

The dynamic young Russian, Vasily Petrenko, was appointed principal conductor of the orchestra in September 2006 and in September 2009 became chief conductor.

Recent additions to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's extensive and critically acclaimed recording catalogue include Tchaikovsky's ‘Manfred Symphony' (2009 Gramophone Awards Orchestral Recording of the Year) and the world première performance of Sir John Tavener's 'Requiem'.