The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019-20 season, the 14th under the baton of chief conductor Vasily Petrenko, has been announced.

Ten years on from his landmark Mahler cycle in the 2009-2011 seasons, Petrenko returns to the composer’s symphonies presenting all nine in chronological order across 2020. He will open the 2019-20 season with two concerts (19 & 20 September) featuring the world premiere of Dani Howard’s Coalescence, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto performed by the Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsuji.

Highlights include:

  • Young Artist in Residence Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, in recital with his sister, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason
  • Liverpool-born Artist in Residence Jennifer Johnston, mezzo soprano, shares her passion for the city and its music and culture in a range of performances including Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
  • Premieres and commissions of new music from composers including Grace-Evangeline Mason, Roberto Sierra, Arturo Marquez, Kenneth Hesketh, Carmel Smickersgill and Victoria Borisova-Ollas
  • Performances by some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles including The King’s Singers and the Elias String Quartet
  • Visiting soloists including baritone Benjamin Appl, violinist Tasmin Little and pianist Alexandra Dariescu

Introduced in the 2018-2019 season, the orchestra’s ‘relaxed’ and ‘dementia friendly’ concerts will return designed for people with a range of needs including communication difficulties and physical and learning disabilities.

Chief conductor Petrenko said: ‘We’re welcoming international guest artists to Liverpool from every music genre, providing opportunities to nurture the next generation of young talent and bringing the thrill of live music to people of all ages. We believe passionately that orchestral music is a living, contemporary and thrilling art form, and I look forward to welcoming audiences to enjoy our concerts.’

Tickets for the season will go on general sale Monday 24 June 2019. For information on booking and full season listings visit