Photography: Mark McNulty

There’s news of a further lurch towards normality and a glimpse of light for the city’s music sector as Liverpool Philharmonic have announced a series of concerts to take place from the start of October.

The run of 14 one-hour socially shows include three premieres and a host of musicians who are returning after an extended hiatus or the Phil are welcoming to their main hall stage for the first time.

The programme represents a perfect opportunity to scratch a live music itch and get acquainted with one of the city’s foremost music institutions. Chief conductor VASILY PETRENKO will be performing once again as will the newly-appointed chief conductor designate DOMINGO HINDOYAN, who takes over from Petrenko in September 2021.

A socially distanced audience of around 240 will witness the world premiere of Julian Joseph’s critically acclaimed interpretation of Othello as well the Phil’s ENSEMBLE 10/10 performing Athanasia Kontou’s Antigone: Pure in her Crime as part of their show on 22nd October.

There’s a heady mix in the programme including works of Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Schubert and Stravinsky while the institution’s new Artist in Residence Roderick Williams and Young Artist in Residence Isata Kanneh-Mason will be in recital for the October proceedings and beyond.

For those unable to get an IRL ticket to the shows, there is also the option of new Royal Liverpool Philharmonic On Demand streaming service for the majority of the concerts. These include exclusive pre and post-performance Zoom conversations with orchestra musicians, conductors and artists, hosted by journalist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Stephen Johnson.

Tickets go on general sale on Thursday 10 September from liverpoolphil.com

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