Music on the
ON 22 July
and 24 July 2012, thousands, both online and on location,
witnessed not 1 but 2, free, fabulous music events
on Liverpool's historic waterfront. If the beautiful
surroundings and extraordinary sounds were not enough to dazzle
you, so did the sun as it highlighted the area creating a warm,
dry and amazing atmosphere that felt like summer should be! The
first night’s entertainment was courtesy of the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra. Most of that night’s music was set
around well known classics and music from the big screen,
including songs from the 'Carousel', 'Annie
Get Your Gun', 'Funny Girl' and 'The
Sound of Music'. The orchestra was also joined by
critically acclaimed soloist, Broadway star, Kim Criswell, who
gave a performance you would expect on London's West End and not
at a free outdoor event. She delivered songs from the golden age
of the Hollywood musicals that included 'There’s No Business
Like Show Business' and 'Stormy Weather'. With the popular
conductor, John Wilson, at the helm, this night could not have
been better! Friday night did not have the turnout that Saturday
attracted, but for all who did attend, it was a truly magical
night. But we cannot forget to mention the Liverpool Youth
band Passion For Music, who delivered a very good performance,
despite battling against the loud sound check which was taking
place on the main stage. Also we cannot adequately describe what
an amazing performance local opera singers Danielle Thomas and
Nick Hardy, gave. The 2 local singers also were joined at one
stage by Liverpool Signing Choir, who enthusiastically signed
the words, in an inspiring performance; this choir is composed
of deaf children and many of their hearing siblings who perform
in public on many occasions. If Friday was busy, Saturday was
extremely packed, and as the event was again not ticketed, it
was fantastic to see all attending being very sensible about
space, despite the thousands of people in the small area.
Shortly after taking the photo from
Matou Restaurant, the
terrace bar, on top of the Mersey Ferry Terminal Building,
people flooded in thick and fast, with families of all ages
attending! This night had over nine stellar acts, including the
internationally renowned, Russell Watson; Series 6 - X-Factor
and the Series 2 – Popstar, and Opera star, Paul Carrack, along
with the American legend Jocelyn Brown, plus Honey Ryder, Nell
Bryden, Joe McElderry, Scarlette Fever, Ben Montague and Jaki
Graham. All guaranteed crowd pleasers and boy did they deliver!
This star-studded night ended with yet more stars thanks to
Fantastic Fireworks, whose culminating firework show brought the
night to a close. In total this event has been marked as
attracting over 250,000 people, and though to have brought in
more than £10m to the local economy. Not bad for a free event!
Some of the audience on Friday included passengers from the
Holland-America cruise liner, 'Prinzendam' which
delayed its departure to permit attendance. One visitor, most
impressed, commented that there must be few places where one can
listen to a world class orchestra for free. Great for our city!
On Saturday members of the crew of the visiting American Navy
Training Supply Ship, 'Empire State', from New York,
whose crew were able to enjoy the performance. We have to say
congratulations to a husband to be proposed on the Saturday
night, on stage and the couple are engaged. See next weeks issue
for video of the ring being given back stage! All we can
say is thank you for the show and a very big well done to the
events backers, Liverpool City Council, the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic Orchestra and Smooth FM, who all brought together
yet another truly splendid musical delight! We hope you
attended, if not keep an eye out on:-
to find out what’s next for this extremely popular event. Just
as Mathew Street Festival is one of the City's cultural
cornerstones, the Music on the Waterfront is becoming
established as another.
here to see
Part 1 of our photograpic coverage of this fantastic event!
Part 2 will be in next weeks issue!
If you are a
music lover in Liverpool, there are many more events on offer.
One of them is the aforementioned annual Mathew Street Music
Festival, so do not forget to put it in your calendar. This
year's Mathew Street
Festival will comprise over
80 hours of live outdoor music over Sunday, 26 August and
Monday, 27 August 2012. Suitable for all ages; go and have good
time. Most of it totally free to watch and again, mostly
it is un-ticketed!
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