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24 April 2015, 11:04 | Updated: 24 April 2015, 11:17
Classic FM’s Orchestra in the North West, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, has appointed Sir Andrew Davis CBE as its Conductor Emeritus.
Sir Andrew has conducted the orchestra many times over his career including for the ensemble’s 150th anniversary in 1991 and, most recently, in 2008 in a concert attended by Her Majesty The Queen as part of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.
“I have always considered the beginning of my career to be my participation in the Seminar for Young British Conductors with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969,” said Sir Andrew. “So it was with the greatest happiness that I learned of the Orchestra's wish to name me Conductor Emeritus. I am deeply touched and honoured by this gift and relish the prospect of making music regularly in and for this wonderfully vibrant city, of which the Orchestra is the finest jewel.”
Vasily Petrenko, chief conductor of the RLPO said: “It’s fantastic news for Liverpool Philharmonic that an artist of his international stature is now our Conductor Emeritus and we look forward to welcoming him back to Liverpool to conduct our Orchestra.”
Sir Andrew will next conduct the RLPO in performances of Mahler’s Second Symphony on 29 and 30 April.
You can hear the RLPO in The Full Works Concert every Friday night at 8pm throughout 2015.