Royal Liverpool Phil to play Sergeant Pepper tour

Royal Liverpool Phil to play Sergeant Pepper tour


norman lebrecht

May 18, 2016

It’s the album’s 50th anniversary and the Phil are taking it on bootleg tour.

Full Phil programme announced tonight:


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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017 Season Announced


  • Vasily Petrenko launches his tenth year as Chief Conductor with a complete Beethoven Symphony cycle in four concerts over ten days
  • Theme of ‘Revolution’ across the season with the ground-breaking music of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky and The Beatles
  • 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band marked with symphonic recreation of entire album and UK tour with the Bootleg Beatles
  • Artist in Residence – violinist James Ehnes
  • Andrew Manze and Conductor Emeritus Sir Andrew Davis head a strong line-up of visiting conductors
  • Guest artists include violinists Nicola Benedetti and Baiba Skride, violist Lawrence Power; pianists Daniil Trifonov, Paul Lewis, Garrick Ohlsson and Alexandre Tharaud, oboist François Leleux, guitarist Craig Ogden and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani
  • Singers include Ian Bostridge, Elin Manahan Thomas, Toby Spence and stars of the West End stage
  • Prestigious chamber music series at Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall Concert Room puts the focus on J.S. Bach
  • Carl Davis celebrates his 80th birthday with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Ian Bostridge joins James MacMillan and massed Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Film screenings with live orchestra include Psycho and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial as well as the Classic FM series, tributes to Queen, Hollywood, the West End and more


  • eric says:

    They’re playing the Beatles, and the theme is “revolution” yet that neither iteration of that song is on that album.

  • Hanna Nahan says:

    Really? Their announced season includes Petrenko’s 10th anniversary, Andrew Manze, Andrew Davis, Benedetti, Trifonov, Bostridge, and you take your headline from some superannuated overblown proto-prog concept guff? Come on…

    • Mikey says:

      You’re new to Slippedisk, aren’t you.

    • M_von_Kolinahr says:

      “… superannuated overblown proto-prog concept guff”? That’s just a wee bit harsh now, isn’t it?? (At least as far as the original recording is concerned.) The passing years may have made everyone all the more aware of “Pepper’s” faults, but I’m as surprised as anyone at just how much it’s managed to retain its hipness, e.g. No. 1 on the following list from as recently as 2012 – evidently still not past its use-by date:

      … Anyway, it seems “a splendid time is guaranteed for all” – OK, admittedly also depending on the effectiveness of said “symphonic recreation”, that is – indeed, that just might be a sticking point… 😉

      (And as for the big classical names – Andrew Davis, Benedetti, Bostridge – yes, all very nice!)

  • Una says:

    How wonderful to be celebrating 50 years of the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool – ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ as it was called from the start, and now become loved by the city more than one could have imagined when there’s the big Anglican one at the end of the same hope, Hope Road! .