Welcome to another vibrant season of orchestral concerts and piano recitals.
The series features four different orchestras at the Victoria Hall. The BBC Philharmonic will again be appearing on four occasions. Chief Conductor Juanjo Mena will conduct the last of their dates in April and we are introducing two new exciting conductors Ben Gernon and Duncan Ward.
Sir Mark Elder will be making a welcome return to the City when he will conduct the Hallé at the season’s ‘Gala Finale’ as part of his Dvorak Cycle. Jamie Phillips returns to conduct the Viennese New Year concert after his successful debut last season and Markus Stenz will make his first appearance in the series.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra return with the much acclaimed Lahav Shani, who will both direct and play Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.20 in their concert.
Another ‘first’ for the Festival will be a December performance of Handel Messiah with Armonico Consort including soloists Sir Willard White and Gillian Keith.
You will be delighted to read that there will be no increase in ticket prices for either series.
Purchasing a season ticket in any price range means that you attend two concerts completely free! Subscription prices start from only £105 for 9 concerts, which is remarkable value for money!
Our Piano Masters Series at the intimate Forum Theatre programmes internationally acclaimed prize winning pianists Benjamin Grosvenor, Freddy Kempf, Simon Trpceski, Robert Thompson and introducing BBC Young Musician 2014 Martin James Bartlett. A truly stunning line-up of exceptional pianists!
I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the many subscribers who became Festival Friends and Patrons last summer. Your kind financial support together with the Gift Aid generated has enabled me to continue with confidence to programme some of the Country’s finest orchestras and soloists from throughout the world. I am therefore developing the Festival Friends scheme and would ask for your continuing support by making donations to the Festival.
I hope that you have an enjoyable summer and look forward to welcoming you again in October.