Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 24 October 7:30pm Classical Music
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Tickets £12.00 to £41.00

Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Running time: Doors: 6.00pm. Running time: 2hrs, 5mins estimated end time: 9.35pm

Important Information

Age Guidance: 7+

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+

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Andrew Manze                       conductor
Mark Bebbington                   piano
Cantamus Girls Choir


Walton                                   
Spitfire Music and Battle in the Air from Battle of Britain
Bliss                                        
Piano Concerto
Holst                                       The Planets

This colourful all-English programme takes off with William Walton’s music for the climactic aerial duel of Guy Hamilton’s classic 1969 movie. Walton was originally booked to compose the entire film score before MGM’s studio executives abruptly side-lined him in favour of Ron Goodwin. Walton’s battle scene was the only section that remained of his music but it’s also the film’s most memorable moment, capturing the altitudinous, rapid-firing action with breathless energy. Walton’s near contemporary, Sir Arthur Bliss, wrote his commanding Piano Concerto in 1939 for the New York World’s Fair. Appealing directly to American optimism, Bliss matched rhythmic drive with Romantic expression, setting a stiff test for the soloist whilst ensuring an exhilarating ride for the audience.

Also written during a time of conflict, Gustav Holst’s The Planets shares some of Bliss’s martial qualities, not least in the mechanistic ferocity of Mars, the Bringer of War. Holst’s main inspiration, though, was his interest in astrology which vividly colours each planet, from the buoyant spirits of Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, to the ethereal chill of Neptune, the Mystic. Over a century after its first performance, it remains one of the most brilliantly original works for orchestra, making spectacular use of its huge orchestral forces.

Free pre-concert talk, 6.20pm in the auditorium: Mark Bebbington in conversation.

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Under 26s and full-time students
Tickets £5 each. To purchase these tickets, you must be 26 or under or a full-time student at the time of booking. You may be asked to show your age ID / student ID on doors to confirm your age.

Bargain Seats
Tickets £9.50 from 12pm on the day of the concert online, by phone, or at the box office counter. Please note that these seats are subject to availability

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