The Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story by Darren HenleyThe Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story by Darren Henley

The Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story

EditorDarren Henley, Vincent McKernan

Hardcover | August 15, 2009

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Authors Darren Henley and Vincent McKernan, in the first ever hardback history of the RLPO, have discovered that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra can trace its continuous history of regular concert-giving, with a formally contracted group of regular players, as far back as 1853. Thismakes the RLPO the oldest orchestra in the UK still in existence. Manchester's Halle Orchestra is normally recognised as the oldest symphony orchestra in the country, but this new research overturns this belief. The Halle was formed in 1858, a full five years after the Liverpool Philharmonic'scommittee papers show that it first engaged its professional band. The Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story charts the history of the Phil from its foundation by a group of Liverpool music lovers in 1840 through to the present day, where it remains very much at the heart of Liverpool's cultural life. Written by Darren Henley, ManagingDirector of Classic FM, and the Phil's former archivist, Vincent McKernan, the book tells the story of the Liverpool Phil and the stories and secrets of the people and events that have been associated with the organisation throughout its illustrious history including the distinguished line ofprincipal conductors including Max Bruch, Sir Charles Halle, Sir Henry Wood, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Charles Groves and Libor Pesek KBE and today, the talismanic Vasily Petrenko; the opening of the first Philharmonic Hall in 1849 (which was completely gutted by fire in 1933) and the building of theexisting Hall on the same site and opened in 1939; and the premieres of music by many distinguished composers including Rachmaninov, Tippett, Britten, Walton, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, Sir John Tavener, Karl Jenkins and Michael Nyman. Thoroughly researched using the Phil's complete archive, and featuring seldom seen historical illustrations and specially commissioned full colour photographs, The Original Liverpool Sound will be compulsory reading for aficionados of classical music and anyone interested in the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic.
Darren Henley is the author of eighteen books about classical music and musicians. He began working as a newsreader at Classic FM in 1992, becoming Managing Editor in 2000, Station Manager in 2004 and Managing Director in 2006. He has worked closely with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic since it became Classic FM's Orchestra in Northw...
Title:The Original Liverpool Sound: The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic StoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.88 × 9.8 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1846312248

ISBN - 13:9781846312243


Table of Contents

Foreword by Vasily Petrenko


Chapter One: The Musical City

Chapter Two: The Early Days

Chapter Three: Mixed Reviews

Chapter Four: The Big Names Come to Town

Chapter Five: New Hope

Chapter Six: By Royal Command

Chapter Seven: The Best Czech Orchestra This Side of Prague

Chapter Eight: The European Capital of Culture

Principal Conductors

Chorus Masters

Orchestra Leaders

Secretaries/Chief Executives


RLPO Première Performances

Ensemble 10/10 Première Performances

Selected Discography

International Tours

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra