Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
The striking Art Deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall was designed by architect Herbert Rowse, and opened in 1939 with a concert conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then the Grade II* listed hall has presented a wide range of rock, jazz, classical, folk and roots, classical and contemporary music, as well as cinema screenings on the unique Walturdaw rising cinema screen. The hall is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK’s oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra.
The redevelopment project was completed in 2015, in time for the 175th anniversary of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society’s foundation. The project has improved facilities for artists, performers and audience members. The concert platform and technical systems were both upgraded, and there is now a greatly improved second performance space, building on the success of the existing Rodewald Suite which is housed in the Peter Moore’s Wing, added in a previous redevelopment during the 1990s.
Charcoalblue was appointed as theatre consultant to the project in September 2012, and we worked hand-inhand with the Liverpool Philharmonic team and the design team, led by architects Caruso St John. Our involvement included addressing accessibility in the concert hall, a complete reassessment of the concert platform and choir stalls, redesigned stagelighting, audiovisual and stage engineering systems and the substantial redevelopment of the Rodewald Suite. This work has created a new, vibrant performance space, which will allow complementary programming to be developed alongside the highly successful concert hall series of events.