THE Liverpool Philharmonic has secured a £750,000 grant from the Weston Culture Fund. This is the largest grant given by the Garfield Weston Foundation to any organisation in the North West and one of the largest in the country.
The funding will be used for the organisation’s ongoing work, helping it continue in its mission to transform lives through music. The grant will help rebuild the organisation post-pandemic, to present concerts and continue Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra On Demand performances.
Between October – December 2020, the Orchestra performed 41 concerts attended by more than 9,000 people, as well and nine digital ‘On Demand’ concerts watched by more than 2,600 households.
Director of Garfield Weston, Philippa Charles said: “Our cultural sector is at the heart of our local communities providing not only entertainment but education and inspiration for many. Our Trustees were impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit shown across the arts in response to Covid-19 and it was a privilege to hear what organisations had been doing to not only survive but also to reinvent the way they reach audiences.
“What really stood out was the level of collaboration and support they had for each other and the determination to keep going, despite the increasingly difficult situation.”
Chief Executive at Liverpool Philharmonic, Michael Eakin said: “We are immensely grateful to receive the generous grant of £750,000 from the Weston Culture Fund which provides crucial support as we look to rebuild in the year ahead. It will enable us to reopen when allowed, and to present our concert and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra On Demand programme throughout the rest of this year.
“It’s a real vote of confidence and trust in us, which we appreciate. Thank you to the Trustees and staff at Garfield Weston for investing once more in Liverpool Philharmonic.”