Andrew Manze extends contract as Principal Guest Conductor of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

ANDREW Manze has extended his contract as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for an additional two years until Summer 2023.

Andrwe first conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011 and was invited to be Principal Guest Conductor in June 2018.

Highlights of his tenure as Principal Guest Conductor have included instigating a highly successful collaboration between the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir with NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, where he is Principal Conductor.

He said: “Ever since my first visit ten years ago I have always felt welcome as ‘one of the family’ at the Liverpool Philharmonic. It’s a joy to work with the young musicians of the Youth Company and the In Harmony Project which is more important than ever and a leading example of its kind. The Orchestra, Choir and I have already done many wonderful concerts and recordings together and I look forward immensely to the new things we are planning. It is a privilege to be a part of the Philharmonic’s ongoing story.”

Andrew has recorded with the orchestra an acclaimed cycle of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies and other orchestral music for the Onyx label, and also the Beethoven Violin Concerto with international star violinist James Ehnes. Future recording plans will be announced in the coming months.

Whilst in Liverpool, he has also conducted the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in concert including Beethoven Symphony No.1 which was their last performance prior to lockdown and he is also a regular visitor to the In Harmony project in Everton.

Andrew’s concerts with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2021/22 season will be announced in mid-July.

Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic Michael Eakin said: “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Andrew Manze for another two years. Andrew is a hugely talented conductor and has delighted audiences over the last three years. He has been an inspiration to the Orchestra and visiting musicians.”