Plans to develop an Opera House on Liverpool’s Waterfront got us thinking.
From the grandeur of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to the intimate instrumental performances of Capstone Theatre, Liverpool loves classical music.
In fact, symphonies, concertos and sonatas are warming up all over the city. It’s serious music, but it elevates the soul and stirs emotion with an effect that is quite unlike any other.
Liverpool’s Opera House plans are in their infancy, but the city has plenty of other classical music venues to tide you over. Here’s our top classical venues, ensembles, choirs and orchestras to and keep you quietly raptured.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Home of Liverpool’s Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the present hall was built in 1939.
The art deco building houses a manually operated three-pipe organ, built by Liverpool firm Rushworth and Dreaper. The organ comes complete with a lifting platform so it can be played above or below the stage.
The hall’s Walturdaw rising cinema screen also helps to ensure that it’s much more than just a classical music venue. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is cultural hub and at its heart and there are scores of musicians from Liverpool and all around the world who have played on its stage.
Under the helm of principal conductor Vasily Petrenko, the RLPO has a renewed vigour and profile. Watch the incredible Shostakovich Symphony No 6, conducted by Petrenko at the Liverpool Philharmonic hall in 2010
Liverpool Music Room
Liverpool’s newest music venue is a space to discover new things, offering another stage for Liverpool’s emerging artists, festival events and classical musicians. Orchestral performances play share the lime light with folk, pop, rock and country. Liverpool Music Room is an eclectic venue with something for everyone.
See upcoming events at the Music Room.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Orchestra
In the 1960s, soon after Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral was opened, the Archbishop of Liverpool, Cardinal John Heenan, expressed a desire for the cathedral to become a cultural centre for the city.
The Cathedral Choir was soon founded, establishing a Choir School and a installing a pipe organ. Twenty years later the Cathedral Orchestra was formed, enabling Metropolitan to join concert season and play orchestral music at major services, as well as to perform music which wouldn’t have been heard in the city otherwise.
The 2016 programme includes a Viennese Whirl, featuring Mozart and Strauss, Bach a Summer Serenade including Berlioz and Vivaldi Gloria and other choral works.
Find out more here.
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra
An amateur chamber orchestra with professional conductors and soloists, the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra is widely regarded as a vital stepping stone for burgeoning classical performers in the city-region.
With a musical programme that includes baroque, classical and contemporary LMO provides a platform for a variety of both established and emerging artists.
Explore upcoming events at www.livemozart.com
Watch Yuanfan Yang play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the LMO in 2014:
The Capstone Theatre
As an international arts venue, The Capstone doesn’t restrict itself to one genre of music or performance. Yet its connection with Liverpool Hope University’s vibrant musical department, and with the RLPO mean classical music features prominently.
See it’s 2016 programme here.
South Liverpool Orchestra
Billed as a ‘rehearsal orchestra’, The South Liverpool orchestra is comprised of amateur and student musicians. Its programme of symphonies, concertos and overtures constantly evolves. With two concerts a year, in May and December, it’s well worth seeking out.
St George’s Hall
Can you imagine a better surrounding than the sumptuous St George’s Hall in which to enjoy classical music? With regular concerts, chamber music and operas the Henry Willis Organ often features in recitals.
L’Orchestra dell’Arte is the orchestra in residence at St George’s hall. Watch this performance from 2014: