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Edition No. 118

Date:- 27 September 2003

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Waterfront Classics Sold Out
Photographs and Report By Dave Evans

LIVERPOOL celebrated in style last night with a sold out classical music extravaganza at the UK's World Heritage Site nomination on the Pier Head.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Wilson performed at the Waterfront Classics in front of a packed audience to celebrate the return of the Round the World Clipper Race.

Liverpool's waterfront was a blaze of colour, as lasers, lighting, large-scale projection, fireworks and 40ft flamethrowers accompanied the orchestra in front of an audience of over 4 thousand at the Pier Head. 

Experts behind the Rolling Stones, Madonna and jubilee concerts combined forces with Liverpool City Council's Special Events Team to produce the awesome production that thrilled the audience - who were treated with a spectacular light show.

Huge walls of fire and pyrotechnics engulfed the stage as the five young opera singers performed in front of Liverpool's dramatic waterfront. Stunning images such as the Sistine Chapel and Roman Emperors were projected across the entire area with lasers and lighting thrilling the audience.

The orchestra performed a diverse program of popular classics and less well-known pieces including Walton's Crown Imperial, Mendhlesohn's Hebrides, Jupiter from the Planet Suite and Raspighi's Pines of the Appian Way.

Guest Soloists Claire Rutter and Stephen Gadd performed a number of pieces through out the evening ranging from Gershwin to Mozart.

This show marks an explosive start to the first of RLPO's winter season of concerts. And was even special because well over half the audience saw these massive concert epic proportions for the sweet price of nothing.

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