The stunning Minton Tile Floor will be revealed again in August 2014
From behind the scenes tours to concerts, festivals and fetes and much more, there is something for everyone this season at St George's Hall. The Concert Room with it's gold leaf, mirrors and huge chandelier: Charles Dickens described as 'the most perfect room in the world'. We also have a range of activities provided by our Heritage Centre including tours, talks and exhibitions in our recently opened Basement Galleries.
The stunning Minton Tile Floor will be revealed again in August 2014
On Saturday 13th September, the sound which symbolises the very essence of the nation will be welcomed into the Great Hall at St George’s Hall when The Band of the Grenadier Guards will playa live concert filled with the music which has made them a national treasure for more than three centuries. The concert forms part of the weekend to commemorate WW1 and is also a fundraiser for SSAFA on Merseyside
The Escher Quartet was only established in 2005, but they’ve already won a reputation for diving deep into the profoundest depths of the quartet repertoire. Taking inspiration from the artist MC Escher – and his depiction of ‘individual componentsworking together to form a whole’ – their Liverpool programme brings together three genre-defining masterpieces by Bach, Berg and Beethoven, each linked by hidden allusions, deep emotions and peerless formal mastery. The Eschers have something original to say about each of them.
Ben Johnson returns to Liverpool with a programme of songs filled with the evergreen landscapes of Victorian England. Winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World he will draw on reflections of India through Four Indian Love Lyrics alongside one of Vaughan Williams most famous songs, Lindon Lea, based on the folk tradition Vaughan Williams found in Dorset, and many other favourites suffused with the wistfulness and evocative nature of early 20th Century English music.
Winners of the prestigious fRoots magazine Album Of The Year and nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Duo and Best Traditional Track the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita join forces in what promises to be a stunning exhibition of world class musicianship.
For over five decades, Pascal Rogé has brought poetry, wit and an unmistakably Gallic sense of style to the music of Debussy, Bizet and their compatriots. More recently he’s teamed up with his wife Ami to bring the same joyous, exuberant musicality to the repertoire for piano duet, and tonight, these “four hands, two hearts” tackle the Everest of piano duets: the stupendous keyboard version of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Phenomenally difficult and thrillinglyphysical, every performance is anevent: tonight’s may leave youbreathless.
If you haven’t heard of Show of Hands by now, where have you been?! Celebrating a remarkable 22 year partnership, Knightley and Beer have sold out the Royal Albert Hall four times and are triple winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Duo, Best Original Song, Best Live Act). Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they have become one of the acoustic roots scene’s major players, widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport.
With some performers, the name is enough: and throughout a performing career that now spans seven decades, Kyung-wha Chung has been a byword for integrity, sensitivity and a shining, effortless virtuosity that quite simply seems to carry all before it. Her recording of César Franck’s beautiful Sonata is an established classic. Tonight, supported by award-winning pianist Kevin Kenner, it’s a tour through four landmarks of the solo violin repertoire – guided by a legend.
Lovehistory present a fully interactive Murder Mystery dining experience, set within the grandeur of one of the city’s most famous buildings, guests will be wined and dined and will bear witness to murders most foul in an evening filled with deception, intrigue and murder that will leave them baffled. In true “whodunit” style, guests are encouraged to use their powers of deduction to piece together the crime, but be warned as crafty characters will do their best to misguide, deceive and obscure the truth. Guests will question and interrogate each character, piecing together the evidence, and eventually name the person responsible for this most heinous of crimes. It’s down to the guests to catch the killer and decide their fate in this truly bespoke experience.
Combining a dazzling energy with real poetic insight, the award-winning Pacifica Quartet astonished Liverpool audiences on their last visit. Today, they return with a programme featuring Charles Ives’ String QuartetNo.1, which uses his beloved revival and gospel hymns as musical sources, and Bartok’s Sixth Quartet, one of the composer’s most deeply expressive and personal works. And to finish, the work that did more than any other to shape the course of American chamber music, Dvořák’s sweet, swinging and deliciously tuneful Op.96 – a string quartet that sends you home humming!
The Three Harps of Christmas, devised by harpist Ruth Wall and composer Graham Fitkin, is an intimate concert paying homage to the Christmas carol.
Dickens returns to St Georges Hall in a unique performance of the classic tale “A Christmas Carol” Charles Dickens great great grandson Gerald Dickens will have you gripped from the moment he walks on stage and utters the words “Marley is dead” you are taken through every twist and turn of this classic story, Dickens clearly has the charisma and talent of his grandfather as you are left feeling you have been part of “A Christmas Carol”. This performance received a ‘Hats Off 9/10 from the Liverpool Echo theatre critic, every performance received a standing ovation. Gerald uses no notes and dressed in period costume has a powerful hold on the audience right from the start On stage first will be the fabulous Capriccio Choir (Thursday evening) and the equally fabulous Sing our Socks Off Choir ( Friday evening) who will perform traditional Christmas Carols to get you in the festive mood. This show is very traditional and will embrace the true meaning of Christmas, you are guaranteed to leave the theatre uplifted and full of Christmas cheer.
China is quickly becoming the powerhouse of 21st century piano playing, and signs are that the Shanghai-born Ji Liu may soon acquire a following comparable to Yundi’s or Lang Lang’s. His debut disc PianoReflections – recorded here in Liverpool – has already attracted glowing reviews, and this recital demonstrates the full range of his artistry, from Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata to one of the supreme challenges of the romantic repertoire, Schubert’s Wanderer Fantasy. Miniatures by Chopin, Liszt, Saint- Säens and Gershwin offer a charming portrait of this engaging and intelligent young artist.
The Carducci Quartet have a powerful reputation in new music, but that sense of creativity, discovery and shared imagination colours everything they play – and it’s pushed them quickly into the top flight of international string quartet playing. This concert finds them tackling three cornerstones of the repertoire, from the timeless wit of Haydn to the monumental strength of Beethoven’s second ‘Razumovsky’ quartet by way of Shostakovich’s lyrical, impassioned Fourth, a heartfelt protest against anti-Semitism, rich in Jewish melody.
The Gould Piano Trio have been building an international name for themselves for well over a decade. That’s one reason why they’re the dedicatees of James MacMillan’s keenly-awaited Second Piano Trio, and why their recording of Tchaikovsky’s huge A minor Trio has won such widespread critical acclaim. Tonight they prove how this vast, tragic masterpiece can give even Tchaikovsky’s symphonies a run for their money!
Composer, improviser, performanceartist, and cellist of jaw-dropping virtuosity and flair…there’s simply no one way of describing the many-sided musical phenomenon that is Giovanni Sollima. He refuses to be categorized: the best way of describing this concert with fellow-cellist (and regular collaborator) Monika Leskovar is to say that it begins with the sublimely inventive music of baroque France, and ends deep inside Sollima’s own extraordinary musical imagination. And that the journey will be unforgettable.
Paul Lewis was born in Huyton, and his reputation as an interpreter of the great classics of the piano repertoire has gone around the world. Famed for his Schubert interpretations, anything that Lewis chooses to play demands to be heard, and it’s fascinating that for this recital as part of his Liverpool residency, he’s gone for Beethoven’s visionary final trilogy of piano sonatas – playful, elusive and ravishingly beautiful; music that asks the very deepest questions. Lewis’s answers will be profoundly worth hearing.