Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The internationally celebrated RLPO makes a welcome visit to Lancaster with its dynamic music director Gerard Schwarz, now in his fifth and final season in Liverpool. Sir Michael Tippettís centenary year is celebrated appropriately by the exuberantly energetic and magical dances from one of his masterpieces, his first opera The Midsummer Marriage. Mark-Anthony Turnage, a composer greatly influenced by Tippett as well as by jazz and popular culture, is at his most poetic and lyrical in his viola concerto On Opened Ground (named in homage to the Irish poet Seamus Heaney): the soloist, as at the acclaimed British premiere last year, is the gifted young Lawrence Power. Finally comes Tchaikovskyís final symphony,full of tragic intensity.

Meet the Artist: 6.45pm

Tickets: £17, £14, £11 (£13.50, £11.50, £9 concessions) young person £5ëThere is nothing like the Philharmonic at full tilt to lift the spirits at the end of the day.í LIVERPOOL ECHO

ëIíve got to speak to the man on the moon in his space suit, as well as the man on ìTop of the Popsî. If I can.í SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT

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