Alice Burns

Mozart to Mary Poppins: What’s on at the Philharmonic

Established in 1840, it’s safe to say that the Philharmonic is one of Liverpool’s most iconic cultural assets, having been a feature of its musical landscape for nearly 180 years. In the art-deco style grade II listed building in the heart of the city’s Georgian Quarter on Hope St, it is one of the world’s oldest societies with the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the heart of the ensemble. This cohort also includes the Philharmonic Choir, the Philharmonic Youth Company and their Children’s choirs.

However, this unique music venue has a plethora of extra entertainment on offer in addition to their classical music productions. The 2019 schedule is set to offer an even more diverse range of productions, shows and events suitable for every age and pocket as well as its classics. Here’s just a small sample of what to expect from the team within the next month and beyond.

Sunday 27th January- Happy Birthday Mozart!

The Philharmonic’s most recent classical production showcased the eternal genius of the notorious Austrian composer, with this production celebrating the 263rdanniversary of Mozart’s birth. Conducted by Robert Trevino, this clarinet concerto demonstrated the immense talent of clarinettist Julian Bliss at the forefront combined with the many gifted musicians who make up the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by John Mills. Writing this concerto, Mozart elegantly combined the rich power of its bottom octave with the lightness and lyrical melody of its upper register to form what many believe to be his most moving and compelling symphony, a touching swan song in his illustrious career. With tickets from just £15, this concerto was a packed-out show, demonstrating the enduring appeal of not just Mozart’s music, but the Philharmonic’s ability in making classical entertainment accessible to a wider spectrum of visitors in each performance.


Tuesday 5th February- Mary Poppins Returns

Shown on the impressive big-screen of the Philharmonic Hall, this film showing offers an impressive step-up from the usual cinema experience. Decades after her original visit, the world’s most magically formidable nanny returns. Back in London during the great depression, Mary Poppins comes back to visit the now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks with a new generation of Banks children. After the death of his late wife, Michael struggles to cope supporting the children, even with the help of his sister Jane. Together with her spellbinding skills, charming wit and old-school fun, Mary Poppins helps the family rebuild their lives, bringing back the sparkle they have lost along the way. So just remember: the magic always returns. Tickets from £8.

Friday 8th February- Sandi Toksvig Live!

As part of her National ‘Trevor’ (treasure) Tour, the presenting star of The Great British Bake Off and BBC’s QI, Sandi Toksvig brings an all-new one-woman comedy extravaganza to the Philharmonic Hall this February. Expect a bundle of laughs from her ever-present sharp wit, silly stories and quick-fire Q&As, she never expected to become a national treasure- much less a national Trevor. Nevertheless, this originally mis-printed tour from Danish comedian, novelist, fact-extraordinaire and broadcaster is set to be a hilariously feel-good night. Tickets from £20.


Sunday 10th February- Science Fiction Classics

Directed by Gavin Sutherland, presented by the BBC’s Alasdair Malloyand supported by the Family Arts Festival, this family-friendly performance celebrates the best of sci-fi music from films including Star Wars, Back to the Future, Knight Rider, Thunderbirds and Star Trek. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters and watch along with Gru and the Philharmonic’s very own Time Lord in this thrilling intergalactic journey through space, time and music. Tickets from £11, suitable for all ages.

Thursday 14th February- Valentine’s Classics

For all those hopeless romantics out there, this concert celebrates some the most magical melodies ever made for the silver screen throughout the years. The setlist includes tracks from The Titanic, La La Land, the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet to Casablanca, James Bond and Sleepless in Seattle. Performed by vocalist Matthew Ford, accompanied by the spine-tingling spectacle of the full Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, for music and film buffs alike, this romantic evening is set to be truly dreamy. Tickets from £15.



Tuesday 7th May- An Evening with Harry Redknapp

Recent winner of I’m A Celebrity, renowned football manager and storyteller Harry Redknapp comes to Liverpool on his UK tour, with a whole host of hilarious anecdotes from his illustrious career and jungle experience alike. Expect an evening of old school charm, London wit and plenty of character from this genuine gent with an audience Q&A to finish the night in style. Tickets from £30.

Monday 24th June- John Barrowman: Fabulous

Just after Mr Redknapp’s visit to the Philharmonic comes John Barrowman! Fresh out of his stint in the jungle, I’m A Celebrity contestant and star of the West-End John Barrowman is bringing his fabulousness to the UK in his national tour of all-things entertainment. A celebration of his impressive 30-year career in the spotlight, the Fabulous tour explores John’s glittering Broadway and West-End career, with insights into Anything Goes as well as his TV roles from Doctor Who, Torchwood and Arrow. Its sure to be a show like no other with a few surprises along the way. Tickets from £25.

Information and tickets for all of the above, and more, can be found on the link below:

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