Show goers will be able to get a first glimpse of the new-look Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 13 November after completion of the first phase of a £13.8 million refurbishment.
The historic venue, which is home to the world-renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, will host concerts for the first time since May after upgrades to the foyer, bars, toilets and lift access, as well as an improved stage area in the auditorium. On 13 November Vasily Petrenko conducts Debussy Iberia, James Horner Pas de Deux for violin, cello and orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 in the orchestra’s season opening.
Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive says: “Works are continuing towards the completion of the £13.8 million refurbishment programme in summer 2015 and this means that not all of our new facilities will be operational from 13 November. In the meantime, we will be doing all we can to ensure everyone’s comfort and enjoyment at concerts and we are looking forward to welcoming people back to our new-look home.”
While shows will be staged at the Liverpool Philharmonic, work will continue on phase two of the project including a new warm-up and practice facility for resident and visiting musicians and artists. The full works will be completed in summer 2015, when the Royal Philharmonic Society celebrates its 175th anniversary.