Andrew Manze appointed Principal Guest Conductor at Liverpool Philharmonic

May 30, 2018

Andrew Manze has been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Three Year Appointment commences with 2018-2019 Season and his first season will include:

- Completion of Vaughan Williams Symphony Cycle

- Elgar’s Cello Concerto with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

- Britten’s War Requiem in Liverpool and Hannover

- Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, ‘Jupiter’

Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to announce Andrew Manze, widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation, as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. His appointment, initially for three years, commences with the 2018-2019 concert season, which opens in September.

The news comes ahead of Manze’s return to Liverpool to conduct the Orchestra on Thursday 7 June, in a concert that will be broadcast live from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall by BBC Radio 3.

In his first season as Principal Guest Conductor, Manze will complete the final instalment of his critically acclaimed journey with the Orchestra in concert and on disc, of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies, conducting the Orchestra in a concert that includes his Ninth Symphony (27 September).

‘The conductor, Andrew Manze (is) ….the greatest living interpreter of Vaughan Williams’ music and especially of his symphonies. The performances of the Fifth and Sixth symphonies last week in Liverpool were awesome.’
Simon Heffer; The Telegraph, April 2017

In November, he conducts Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19-year-old British cellist, whose recent performance at the Royal Wedding was followed by his debut CD jumping to the top of the US pop charts, having already topped the classical music charts. Sheku is Liverpool Philharmonic’s first Young Artist in Residence and his debut concert in that role will see him perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto (8 November).

And in the same month, Manze conducts Benjamin Britten’s landmark War Requiem at Liverpool Cathedral (10 November). For this concert on Remembrance weekend, for which the composer drew on the poems of Birkenhead-born Wilfred Owen, Manze has invited orchestral musicians and choristers from Liverpool Philharmonic and Hannover’s NDR Radiophilharmonie where he is Chief Conductor, along with an international line-up of soloists, to join together as part of the events marking the centenary of the end of World War One. They will perform the work in Hannover’s Kuppelsaal in the preceding week (3 November); both Liverpool and Hannover are UNESCO Cities of Music.

Photo courtesy of Benjamin Ealovega

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