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Glyn Môn Hughes

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RLPO 175th Birthday Concert, Petrenko, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

When the curtain came down on Liverpool’s year in the limelight as European Capital of Culture, back in 2008, there may have been some who thought that the party was over. Things in the city’s arts...

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Becker, RLPO, Ang, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

While there is, of course, safety in numbers, but five premieres on four continents is, perhaps, a little novel. Tan Dun’s new Concerto for Double-Bass, subtitled Wolf Totem, is a co-commission by...

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, Scapucci, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has something of a track record when it comes to finding conductors destined for great heights. After all, Sir Simon Rattle was a player in Merseyside Youth Orchestra...

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Carducci String Quartet, St George's Hall Concert Room, Liverpool

When you’re visiting someone for the first time, it’s probably just as well that you make a good impression – or else you may not be asked back. If that’s what the Carducci String Quartet was trying...

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Tsujii, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

The knots on the purse-strings have certainly been untied at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and it was good to hear another world première in less than a week. This time it was the turn of Michael...

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Samuelsen Duo, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Major change is afoot at the Liverpool Philharmonic. The new season has just opened as Philharmonic Hall has been undergoing a major refurbishment and earlier concerts during the autumn were held in...

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Così fan tutte, European Opera Centre, RLPO, Pillot, St George’s Hall Concert Room, Liverpool

One of the joys of attending an opera in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, is the feeling that the audience is sitting in the set itself. Now one of the city’s foremost concert venues...

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Twelfth Night, Liverpool Everyman

A collective shiver went round the arts community of Merseyside when the Liverpool Everyman announced that it was to be razed to the ground before rising again from the ashes like the theatrical...

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Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Those of us growing up in the heady days of 1960s Liverpool knew that four local lads were taking the world by storm. Some really grown-up people might even have been to The Cavern and seen the...

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Treasured, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool

You could say that the Titanic has been done to death, and that any new show would really need to say something different, something so far unknown, unearth a new angle, find new facts. To some...

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Henry, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

The prospect of a new concerto from a largely unknown composer who, it’s safe to say, had never been performed previously in Liverpool may have seemed a little daunting. By the end of the 22-minute...

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Maxwell Davies Ninth Symphony, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

The new Ninth Symphony, from the pen of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, is something of a paradox.  It was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Helskinki Philharmonic Orchestra and...

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theartsdesk in Liverpool: The Sea Odyssey

There is something surreal about emerging from an underground station in Liverpool and being confronted by an enormous giant lumbering its way up the street. Even coming up the escalator it is...

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Lindberg, Cowen, RLPO, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

There’s always a bit of a buzz around a premiere, even one which may seem slightly off-the-wall. Jan Sandström’s Echoes of Eternity is a concerto for two solo trombones – unusual in itself, given...

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A new opera about sex trafficking

The oldest profession is at the heart of one of the most popular operas in the canon. But the price put on a woman's sexuality will not be quite so glamorously portrayed in a new opera as it is in La...

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