RLPO at the Proms – and Great Photo’s !!!!
Watched the Phil on Saturday night playing at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC’s Proms season. They did the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, Schumann, Manfred Overture (orch. Mahler) and Tchaikovsky’s Manfred symphony.
I was priviliged to see the Rachmaninov No.2 a couple of weeks ago with last nights soloist Simon Trpčeski at the Phil. I honestly believe that this orchestra is the best in Britain at the moment.
It was incredible to hear Vasily Petrenko say that it still has some way to go to reach its peak!
Check out the concert on the BBC’s iPlayer – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t8nm7
Also doing great things with the Phil at the moment is local photographer Mark McNulty. Have a look at the Proms photo’s on his blog – http://blog.mcnulty.co.uk/
Mark seems to be everywhere these days, keeping up the myth that wherever you go you’ll always meet a scouser! His work is probably the best of its type, great action photo’s of pop groups (and now classical orchestra’s) that capture the spirit of the performance and the humanity of the people involved.
The Cunard ship Queen Victoria is visiting Liverpool on Monday. Watch out for the hardest working band in showbusiness, the Liverpool Ukulele Orchestra as we play for the passengers as they disembark. Yours truly strumming along again.
Ciao for now!