2008 Events – December Listing




4th December Kathryn Stott & friends

Kathryn Stott is one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians. Having studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music in London, she is now a frequent guest at the world’s leading concert halls.

At the age of 20, Stott made her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and thus embarked on a long and happy relationship with both the orchestra and Liverpool. It comes as no surprise that she has chosen the Philharmonic Hall as the venue for her 50th birthday celebrations in 2008.

For the first time Kathryn and thirty of her closest colleagues will join forces in what promises to be an evening of world-class music. No less than eight Steinway pianos will grace the stage for a piano extravaganza! What promises to be a lavish and memorable evening will feature music from Mozart to the Argentinian Tango via masterpieces by Dvorak and Faure, as well as the premiere of several new works and popular classics.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and St. Stephen’s AIDS Trust.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
December (finale) Portrait of a Nation

A picture of a country told by the communities hidden in 15 cities across the nation will bring 2008 to a close. A chance for people to parade their heritage and identity in an epic event which will open and challenge the debate on the nature of Britain. In partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, and working with some of the most exciting practitioners in the country, this event will bring the country together in Liverpool in December 2008.

December The Rightful Owners of Song

A Liverpool Commission, commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for European Capital of Culture 2008. Inspired by the poem, ‘The Rightful Owners of The Song’ is a simple idea…


It will bring together a group of Liverpool ‘pub-singers’, and ‘karaoke-hosts’; professional or semi-professional singers who form the backbone of a particular strand of Liverpool’s musical culture, for a one-off performance, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. A spectacular and emotional charged event inspired event significant both within the specific context of the capital of culture project and as an artistically valid ‘landmark’ event for the city.