Major refit planned for Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Planning application sought for £12m refurbishment to famous venue

classical music news
Published: April 8, 2013 at 12:09 pm

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic has announced plans for a £12m refurbishment of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.


If planning application is approved and sufficient funding secured, the renovation would see major improvements to both the auditorium and backstage facilities of the Grade II-listed building that has been home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) since 1939.

Much loved for its Art Deco curves and excellent acoustics, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall does also have its obvious flaws, many of which will be addressed by the refurbishment work. In particular, concert-goers will notice improvements will be made to the currently cramped foyer and bar areas. Backstage, meanwhile, there will be new practice and warm-up facilities for performers, while a new smaller-scale performance space will also be built.


The cost of the work will be met partly by Arts Council England and partly by a fundraising campaign that the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is to begin in September. The improvements themselves are scheduled to be carried out between Spring and October 2014.


Jeremy PoundDeputy Editor, BBC Music Magazine

Jeremy Pound is currently BBC Music Magazine’s Deputy Editor, a role he has held since 2004. Before that, he was the features editor of Classic CD magazine, and has written for a colourful array of publications ranging from Music Teacher to History Revealed, Total Football and Environment Action; in 2018, he edited and co-wrote The King’s Singers: Gold 50th anniversary book.

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