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Breaking: Football fans react to Maestro’s new contract

Here’s what I love about Liverpool: there are no barriers between art and life, and life usually means football.

Our post about Vasily Petrenko renewing his contract with the RLPO has drawn a page of responses on the Liverpool Football Club site. Some witty Scouse backchat:

I hope he conducts himself in a good manor.

He’ll be good against teams that park the bus.

He’s just Haydn a good time.

Looks like he’s Bach for good and has a good Handel of the situation

He just came to say cello.

Works well with the midfield quartet

We’ll need someone to orchestrate the defence with Carra gone.

I’ve heard his interpretation of You’ll Never Walk Alone is just exquisite.

He’s done the treble a few times…

He’s probably **** at football, though.


Here’s the full press release, out this morning:

Vasily Petrenko Extends Contract with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is delighted to announce today that Vasily
Petrenko, whose musical leadership has earned him an international
reputation, and made him one of the most sought after conductors in the
world, is extending his contract as Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra, which is due to expire in Summer 2015.

A new, on-going agreement will see the charismatic Russian maestro stay at
the helm of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK’s oldest
professional symphony orchestra for the foreseeable future, with a minimum
three-year notice period.

This new contract will make Vasily the Orchestra’s longest serving conductor
since Sir Charles Groves, who took up the position exactly 50 years and was
principal conductor from 1963 – 1977.

Vasily took up the baton as Principal Conductor of the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, and has twice extended his contract. He
became Chief Conductor in 2009, in recognition of his commitment to the
Orchestra and Liverpool.

In one of the most substantial commitments of any Chief Conductor of a UK

orchestra, Vasily will continue his current commitment to conduct the Royal

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 25 concerts a year in Liverpool and on
national and international touring dates with the Orchestra, as well as
recordings and other special concerts and events.
Vasily’s dynamic musical partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Orchestra has earned a global reputation for excellence. Their concerts,
broadcasts and recordings have attracted international critical acclaim,
plaudits and awards.

Since coming to Liverpool, Vasily has made a deep impression on the City and
his galvanising impact on the Orchestra has drawn new audiences to classical
> music. In 2013, audience numbers for concerts by the Royal Liverpool
> Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool are 17% higher than they were when
> Vasily took up the baton
> Away from Liverpool, Vasily is Principal Conductor of the National Youth
> Orchestra of Great Britain and Chief Conductor Designate of the Oslo
> Symphony taking up the baton in the 2013/14 season and Principal Guest
> Conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre (formerly the Mussorgsky Memorial
> Theatre) in St. Petersburg, Russia, his native city and where his
> professional career began in the mid-1990s.
> Lorraine Rogers, Chairman of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said: “Vasily
> has forged a special bond with our brilliant musicians and staff, our
> audiences, partners and the City which has produced a golden era for the
> Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, so this new long-term agreement with him as
> our Chief Conductor is fantastic news.
> “This is a remarkable time in the organisation’s history. We are looking
> forward to the major refurbishment and 75th anniversary of our home,
> Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in 2014 and the 175th anniversary of the Royal
> Liverpool Philharmonic in 2015. As we develop our long-term strategy beyond
> 2015, Vasily’s musical leadership, vision and ambition for the development
> of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will continue to be inspirational.”
> Vasily said: “It’s a great pleasure for me to have the opportunity to stay
> in Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Philharmonic family.  I am looking
> forward very much to continuing my relationship with our great Orchestra,
> and also with our wonderful audiences whose commitment to our music-making,
> along with our many partners, we are always grateful for.   I really
> believe, as do our musicians and all our colleagues, that while we have such
> brilliant support, there is still so much that we can achieve together.”
> Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor
> Wendy Simon, said: “This is fantastic news for the Royal Liverpool
> Philharmonic and the city.
> “Since coming to Liverpool in 2006, Vasily has had a huge impact on bringing
> classical music to a wide audience, inspiring people of all ages and from
> diverse backgrounds to discover a genre of music which may be new to them
> “As a city council, we’re delighted to have worked closely with Vasily over
> the years, helping bring his music to thousands of people as part of free
> events such as Music on the Waterfront.  We’ll be continuing this
> partnership during this year’s August bank holiday weekend, when for the
> first time, Vasily will lead the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a free
> performance in beautiful Sefton Park at the first ever Liverpool
> International Music Festival.”

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  1. Mark Pemberton says:

    I like this joke from a friend of mine who is a Luton Town fan: Rumour has it that Luton Town manager John Still will be signing Vicky Pryce upon her release from prison. He said “It will be great to have a proven penalty taker in the team”…

  2. David Hutchings says:


  3. Sandra Roberts says:

    Actually Vasily plays on the RLPO football team and he is **** hot (in response to comment on LFC tweet!)…how many footballers can conduct the orchestra I wonder…

  4. That’s correct Sandra Roberts. Vasily also wears a Liverpool fc no. 10 shirt with Petrenko across the back, when he turns out.

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