Europe’s largest classical music conference has recently been held in Liverpool and was attended by over 200 delegates. The conference was hosted by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and this is the first time it has been held in Liverpool in nearly 10 years.
The conference includes a performance by the orchestra which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Three and conference highlights are going to be shared on Classic FM.
The event last three days and is being held at the Marriott Hotel in the centre of the city. It was opened by the Minister for culture Ed Vaizey. Delegates come from the UK and abroad and the conference is designed to promote classical music. Many famous musicians were at the event including the world-renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.
The Association of British Orchestras is directed by Mark Pemberton who has commented, “At the conference we’re talking about what sort of economic contribution and orchestra can make to a community and city. We see the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liverpool as an ambassador for the city and we hope that it brings a certain amount of investment into Liverpool.
“Liverpool is a city with a great amount to offer and is unfortunately a the city has an image in people’s minds of being economically downtrodden, we think that the orchestra helps balance out some of this negative view.”
The Chief Executive of the orchestra is Michael Eakin who has said, “The conference was last here in 2003 and since then Liverpool has changed dramatically, it is now a city at the centre of British culture and it is growing in so many positive ways.”