The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is, perhaps, the city’s most versatile production space; home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Phil also stages classical concerts, popular music gigs, live comedy and the occasional leftfield film night.
An incredible art deco edifice rebuilt in the 1930s, the Philharmonic Hall shows the influence of Dutch expressionism on the architect Herbert Rowse. Inside is a sumptuous and elegant, tiered performance space renowned for its strong acoustics and, following a recent and significant refurb, the interior more than matches the imposing exterior.
The Philharmonic Hall hosts over 70 classical performances a year from the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vasily Petrenko. There’s also the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and contemporary music group, Ensemble 10/10 to catch. Also look out for the Our Chamber Music Series in the even more stunning surroundings of St George’s Hall Concert Room.
Following a recent multi-million quid rebuild, a new Music Room provides a more intimate setting for musicians, festivals workshops and discussions. Over the two performance spaces the Phil is host to dozens of performances every year – from classical to contemporary, comedy to one-man shows. There are bars available for interval refreshments and the renovated Music Room is a stunning setting for sophisticated dining before a show.
The Phil also shows monthly films, preceded by the last remaining Walturdaw cinema screen in the world rising accompanied by resident organist Dave Nicholas. Yes, the Phil is a performance space that has its own resident organist. It makes for an affecting sight, especially before a lovely annual tradition – a showing of Frank Capra classic It’s A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.
The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall carries a plaque commemorating the life of a local violinist who died in the Titanic disaster as one of the famed orchestra members.