The National Youth Orchestra played at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic tonight and they were totally amazing! Ranging in age from 13 to 18 their expertise totally blew me away. Talent ,ability , amazing concentration ,their focus totally on Conductor Kristjan Jarvi who inspired all with his charisma and technical prowess, all combined to create a great incredibly complex performance. Top that with Tai Murray a Violinist from Chicago who wowed us all with her solo performance of Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto ,’To the memory of an angel’ 1935. Then add Stewart Goodyear of Toronto with his ‘exquisite technique’ as a pianist (his fingers were a blur as they moved over the piano keys) his passion for his music so strong that he carried the audience in the palm of his hand and you have a perfect recipe for a Fantastic magical concert. Such intricate choices of music would keep any orchestra on their toes but the young musicians rose to a level tonight that was truly memorable, finishing with Leos Janacek’s Sinfonietta that left us cheering. Don’t miss their next performance in Liverpool. And I must give a mention to the staff in the Liverpool Philharmonic’s RUBATO Cafe Bar. full marks to them. Pre-performance drinks and supper,good value ,good service and good food. Thanks everyone for a great night.
I can’t/won’t let my lovely (complimentary, I’m bribing them) lunch at the Maritime Dining Rooms go unmentioned and I recently discovered that food served in jars (yes, even to grown-ups) is a good thing.
I meant to take some pics of the amazing views out of the windows but I’m afraid to say that me and the boyfriend spent too much time doing impressions of Michael Winner and competing over the most pretentious ways to describe the food. Therefore I’ll just say that the potted pork was precocious (me), the rib of beef was playfully ironic (him) and that the décor challenged our preconceptions about the meaning of food…..anyhoo, lovely grub is how I’d really describe it! And a good excuse to visit the museum to boot. Or vice versa……next time you’re around there, do both! Go crazy…..
Down at the Albert Dock it’s all going on! Even the King of Norway was there today! It was a beautiful, sunny day and lots of tourists were enjoying the attractions.
Sitting in the Maritime Dining Rooms on the 4th floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum the view of the docks is fantastic. The Yellow Duck Marine and the Skylark sailing across the docks, the Liverpool Wheel and I just love the old red brick buildings and the feeling of history.
The restaurant is spacious, stylish and spotless with a distinct nautical feel. There are lots of interesting photos of ‘The Golden Age of Travel’, posters of the past including White Star, Cunard and other great Liverpool shipping companies that all add to the ambience of the restaurant.
The great views complement the great food and very reasonable prices. The attentive staff make lunch a pleasure.
We had fresh Morecambe Bay shrimp and a dessert to die for – Lemon Meringue Fool. It was something very different and served in an old-fashioned style ‘Pop’ bottle.
The General Manager, Martin Hedley advised me that their menu changes every two months. Try the Family Meal Deal, a two-course lunch for a family of four can eat for £20. The offer applies to two adults and two children aged 14 and under.
My rating 4 STAR !