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Liverpool gets £7.5 million for hall makeover

The backstage is austerity standard and there is much flaking elsewhere around the art deco Philharmonic Hall. They’re going to do it up, and not a moment too soon. Today’s press release:



Arts Council England (ACE) has approved the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s second stage application to its Capital Investment Programme,  and awarded £7.5 million towards the £12 million refurbishment of the Grade II*- listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


Having successfully applied for seed funding of £634,000 from ACE in 2012, Liverpool Philharmonic appointed architects Caruso St. John to lead a team in developing the designs for the refurbishment of the 1939 concert hall, which is the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues.  2014 is the 75th anniversary of the current Hall opening its doors.


Liverpool City Council (LCC) had also approved a £2 million capital contribution to the refurbishment of the LCC-owned building, subject to Liverpool Philharmonic securing the second stage investment from ACE.


Having also raised a sum of close to £1 million from a range of other private sources, Liverpool Philharmonic must now raise a further £1 million which will include the launch of a public giving campaign in September.


Designs for the refurbishment to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall provide:


  • significant improvements to front of house  areas and facilities for all visitors and participants including the foyer, box office, bars and catering, toilets and lift access to all levels of the building
  • rebuilding and improving the stage and choir performance areas in the auditorium
  • new warm-up, practice and backstage facilities for resident and visiting musicians  and artists
  • an exciting new performance space for a range of small-scale concerts, learning events and other activities
  • increased environmental  sustainability, including the ability to reduce power consumption across the building’s utilities.


Liverpool Philharmonic will commence works to the Hall in spring 2014, with the venue undergoing a period of closure from 24 Mayuntil the end of October 2014.


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  1. itrinkkeinwein says:

    Money well spent!

    I remember a robustly sung Bach B-Minor Mass there with Norma Burrowes, Jean Allister, Gerald English and Timothy Ravenscroft, conducted by Maurice Handford — and I bet nobody on Slipped Disc can top that …

  2. I support Liverpool Board.

  3. They spent £10.3 million in 1995. What happened to that paint job? Or is a 20 year lifetime for major expenditure on a capital project acceptable in these straightened times?

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