Mathew Street Music Festival First for the Liverpool Phil
The Phil’s new principal conductor, 30 year-old Russian, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will open Liverpool’s world famous Mathew Street Music Festival on Friday 25 August, the beginning of the Bank Holiday weekend, with a free open-air concert on the City’s historic waterfront, at Liverpool Pier Head.
The spectacular event will be the Phil’s debut at what has become Europe’s biggest annual, outdoor city centre music festival, which last year attracted record-breaking crowds of 300,000 to the weekend musical bonanza. 10,000 people are expected to watch the Phil’s concert at the Pier Head.
Petrenko will lead the RLPO in a sensational programme of classical music gems including Shostakovich’s Festival Overture and March and Football from Russian River; Jupiter from Holst’s Planet Suite, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Strauss’s Radetsky, and The Great Gate of Kiev from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
The RLPO will also be joined on stage by top names from the Liverpool music scene; Garry Christian of The Christians will sing his poignant ballad Father; Pete Wylie of The Mighty Wah will perform his epic Heart as Big as Liverpool and Jennifer John and Thomas Lang will duet on the anthemic You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Vasily Petrenko, who opens his first season as principal conductor at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 14 September, said: “I’m thrilled to lead the orchestra in opening the festival and for us to be part of an event that’s so full of energy and exuberance, and which and says so much about how important music of all kinds is to Liverpool.”
Michael Elliott, Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been invited by Liverpool Culture Company to open this year’s festival and what a way to introduce our new Principal Conductor to the City! The Liverpool Phil is an incredibly versatile orchestra, with a very broad repertoire, and Vasily will now play a pivotal role in our ambition to be at the heart of all the City’s musical celebrations as we prepare to showcase our Capital of Culture year on a world stage.”
Chief Executive of the Liverpool Culture Company, Jason Harborow said: “The number of people coming to Liverpool for the Mathew Street Music Festival is just amazing and keeps growing, year after year. Its popularity is due to the wide range of music that’s on offer and the Liverpool Phil are playing a crucial role in that.”
He added: “We’re so pleased that the Phil is joining us to give the widest possible choice of entertainment for people visiting Liverpool. They will leave with a fantastic view of the city and its culture.”
Friday 25 August 7.30pm, FREE
Mathew Street Festival – Liverpool Pier Head Stage
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
There will be no seating at the stage at the Pier Head. Members of the audience will however be able to bring their own seating, (e.g. garden chairs) and should aim to be seated by 7.00pm.