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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Address: Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP, England
Phone Number: 0151 709 3789
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Ranked #30 of 139 Activities in Liverpool
Owner description: The original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall opened on 27 August 1849, and was an acclaimed and...
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Owner description: The original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall opened on 27 August 1849, and was an acclaimed and integral part of the cultural life of Liverpool before being dramatically destroyed by fire in 1933.The present day art-deco Philharmonic Hall, designed by architect Herbert Rowse and built on the same site, was officially opened on Monday 19 June 1939. Today it presents on average 250 events each year, of which approximately 70 are concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and sells over 250,000 tickets annually.The venue has an illustrious tradition of bringing the top names from rock, jazz, classical, folk and roots, classical and contemporary music to Liverpool. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly all appeared at the Hall during their careers. The Hall also hosts classic and blockbuster films and premieres, shown on the unique Walturdaw rising cinema screen with Merseyside's only resident theatre organist, Dave Nicholas, and houses the delightfully intimate and informal Rodewald Suite, with its own entrance on Sugnall Street, which, with its cabaret seating, in-house bar and rooftop terrace, is home to the popular After 8 series of jazz, roots and unplugged gigs. Liverpool Philharmonic has been working with schools and the community since the 1940s, and the Learning programme now offers a range of exciting and inspirational opportunities to get involved in live music-making of the highest quality for thousands of people every year in the Hall and throughout the region.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Visited on 14th January. Concert excellent. Dined in the restaurant. Food excellent BUT there is no division from dining area to the the very crowded bar. Felt very uncomfortable eating in a rugby scrum! Difficult to pay because only one credit card machine-so nearly missed start of concert.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Another superb concert on January 15th. I organise a coach of 50 people for trips to the Liverpool Phil and we very rarely have any disappointed members of the group.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

You can get up close and personal with the artist if at the front of the stalls. Great acoustics would recommend for any type of music.

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Denbigh, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

i love the Philly as a venue. Great acoustics, lovely staff and a wonderful ambience. Nils didn't disappoint either. A fantastic night !

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Would recommend the annual New Years concert at the Phil we have done this twice now and never disappointed great atmosphere and if you have booked can attend party at the London Carriage works after orgo onto your party swinging to some great music !

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Jacqui Dankworth concert excellent, would have suited a smaller venue better. But hall packed out with a very enthusiastic audience.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Went to see Fantasia with my two young daughters yesterday, and it was simply superb. I'm not an orchestra expert but I was impressed and the whole experience created lots of discussion with the family all not, ranging from who gets paid the most! To what instrument they would like to play. This went on for hours proving my little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We went last year to see pirates of the Caribbean which was superb so couldn't wait for this years production of Fantasia. The wonderful philharmonic orchestra was at its very best, music totally in time with the Disney film Fantasia. Superb!!!!!! Can't wait to see what next year will bring.

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Northwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This is a wonderful art Deco building and home to all top artistes. We visited on December 28th expecting to see the brilliant Ken Dodd..but alas the Doddy we know and love was absent. Instead we had a rambling, stammering, phlegmy and at times incoherent old man. So very sad.

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Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

An iconic building, with decades of spectacular concerts and one of the best resident orchestras in the UK - all still true. But what a mess - the refurbishments are simply awful. Instead of the warm welcoming lobby, it now resembles the lobby of a cheap hotel (with reception on the first floor!). And how are wheelchair users and people... More 

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LpoolPhilharmonic, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, responded to this review

Hi Kenneth Thanks for the feedback, we're sorry you are disappointed by the refurbishment. The refurbishment however is an ongoing process; due to be completed later in the year. At present not all facilities, including lift access, are available. These will hopefully be operational shortly. The furniture, and indeed layout of the Grand Foyer, are also temporary. This will be... More 

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