This week Liverpool Philharmonic announces a programme of concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to May 2014 after which the magnificent 1930s art-deco Grade II* listed concert hall will close for a major refurbishment, re-opening in October 2014.
January at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in recent years has seen visits from some big names including Gary Barlow in 2013 and Katherine Jenkins in 2012. On 26 January 2014 global soul icon Bobby Womack hits the stage. Womack is enjoying real mainstream success once again. Last year saw the release of his first album in two decades which threw him back into the spotlight as the stalwart of modern soul, and this year he completed his return with an all-conquering Glastonbury Festival appearance. Womack wrote The Rolling Stones’ first UK number one, It’s All Over Now, and is famed for his hit Across 110th Street. His life of music, addiction and sorrow has provided rich pickings for his weather-beaten, awesome soul. Tickets for Bobby Womack go on sale this Monday, 2 December.
Last week Liverpool Philharmonic revealed that the Lightning Seeds and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will team up on 4 April 2014 to celebrate the music of Liverpool singer, songwriter, musician and producer Ian Broudie. A legendary producer, Broudie has worked with Echo and the Bunnymen, Miles Kane, Terry Hall, The Zutons and The Coral. Some very special guests will join him and the orchestra for this extraordinary concert.
Further highlights include a Liverpool debut for the internationally renowned Transatlantic Sessions with its mouth-watering cast of Scottish, Irish and US. roots musicians all on one bill. For those who enjoyed the incredible Joy Division Revisited concert at the venue in September comes Kraftwerk Uncovered (5 Feb) another audio/visual spectacular – this time reinterpreting the music of the iconic German band.
The Hall refurbishment will see the venue moving over to digital cinema projection, for its unique Film at Liverpool Philharmonic screenings. So this season will see the last ever 35mm film presentation, truly the end of an era. To mark the occasion there will be the opportunity for you to vote for the film you would like to say goodbye to 35mm film with. Liverpool Philharmonic is asking you to choose from six films that have been phenomenally popular at the venue; Les Miserables, The King’s Speech, The Great Gatsby, Quartet, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and War Horse. Go to www.liverpoolphil.com/film to place your vote. Voting closes on Sunday 30 March. The film with the most votes will then be screened.
In May, the concert hall hosts Elvis Presley – On Stage (5 May), a fascinating production that uses the latest technology to have The King singing lead vocals with a live band; and concerts by Rick Wakeman (9 May), Michael Bolton (10 May), and Don Williams (12 May). The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra continues its 2013/14 concert season through until 23 May.
The Rodewald Suite, the room to the rear of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and the home of Liverpool Philharmonic’s After 8 series of intimate folk, roots and unplugged concerts since 2006 bows out with a month-long celebration called Watch This Space, referencing the new auditorium that will open in Spring 2015. The four week send-off features gigs by some of the After 8 series’ regular and most popular contributors representing the breadth and quality of the series, with the final night on Saturday 5 April compared by Ian Prowse and featuring John O’Connell, Lizzie Nunnery, Neil Campbell, Rob Vincent and others.
Simon Glinn, Executive Director (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall & Events) said:
“As we gear up for the major refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, this season of concerts in the lead-up to our closure period exemplifies the special qualities of the venue and its unique programme mix. We are welcoming superb international artists to Liverpool including the legendary Bobby Womack; and showcasing the city’s own great musicians including teaming up Ian Broudie with our resident ‘band’ the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
We think the 6 months we’ll be closed will fly by. In the meantime this concert season will hopefully provide enough memorable moments and enjoyment to tide music fans over until we reopen this very special Hall again in October.”
The new Liverpool Philharmonic What’s On Guide will be out from Monday 2 December and tickets are available from Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office on 0151 709 3789 and www.liverpoolphil.com