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Issue:- 24 April 2014

"Magnificence!" Organ and Orchestra Concert

ST George's Hall's resident orchestra present another unique concert in the Great Hall which includes the world famous Willis Organ. The Great Hall within Liverpool's St George's Hall will once again be filled with live classical music on Saturday, 17 May 2014, in the 3rd concert in the series for Organ and Orchestra.

The St George's Hall now orchestra-in-residence L 'Orchestra dell'Arte, are this season bringing 3 concerts under the musical direction of their conductor Edward Peak. Edward is widely known to music lovers in the region from his career with the RLPO and BBC.

The refurbishment of the world famous Willis organ with its 7737 pipes means that after a gap of many years it can be heard once more in some of the best works written for organ and live orchestra. The organ was originally built as the largest concert organ in the world in 1855.

British Cathedral Organist David Houlder, will be the soloist on the Willis organ along with 54 members of the orchestra in "Magnificence!" a feast of Europe's most uplifting music. The concert will feature Strauss – Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare, Wagner – Scenes from Gotterdammerung, Guilmant – Organ Symphony No 1, Strauss – Serenade for Wind – Op 7, Widor – Toccata – Symphony No 5, Strauss – Waltz Sequence No 2 (Rosenkavalier) and Strauss – Festive Prelude.

Valerie Warr, Orchestra Manager said:- "We have brought back to the people the original hopes and traditions of the Great Hall, and its iconic Henry Willis Organ, as a venue for music making. This forthcoming concert brings hugely uplifting works from some of Europe's finest composers. In the year that celebrates the anniversary of Strauss (150yrs) and Wagner (200yrs)"

Alan Smith, St George's Hall Manager said:- "St George's Hall is delighted to have developed its own "in house" orchestra to animate this magnificent building, and to continually put centre stage the magnificent Willis organ. The hall is aiming to improve the condition of the Willis organ year on year, and this ambition can be enhanced through its continuing use. We are really looking forward to this 3rd concert in what has been a great series."

This is a unique classical evening not to be missed!

For further information please visit:- And for an excerpt from the last concert click here.

AT A GLANCE PERFORMANCE DETAILS...  L'Orchestra dell'Arte Presents:- "MAGNIFICENCE!" ORGAN AND ORCHESTRA CONCERT at The Great Hall, St Georges Hall, Liverpool (Heritage Centre entrance), on Saturday, 17 May 2014. Doors 6.30pm, Start 7.30pm.  Tickets are:- £15.00 (NO BOOKING FEE) Onsale Thursday 24 April @ 9am.  Groups: 1 in 10 Goes Free. Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, online or on:- 0844 800 0410. Cash and Cheque only on the night.

Foster carers to get payment for skills

FOSTER carers in Liverpool are set to be paid a professional skills allowance of up to £23,000 per year. A report to the Council's Cabinet meeting on Friday 25 April is recommending the changes to increase the recruitment and retention of foster carers, and recognise the high degree of professionalism needed to do the job.

Payment for Skills will see the City Council's team of 300 foster carers paid a professional fee of up to £444 per week in recognition of the knowledge and expertise they bring to the care of looked after children. The money is in addition to weekly age-related allowances of up to £203.75 per child.

Director of Children's Services, Colette O'Brien, said:- "Our team of foster carers do an amazing job providing a loving home for some of our most vulnerable children. They deserve the very best support that we can offer, and that is why we are making changes to the system to better reflect the skills that they possess. It will also allow us to better match the abilities of foster carers to the needs of our children."

There are 5 fee levels linked to skills, knowledge, experience and professional development. Prior experience and relevant training will be taken into account. A steering group of foster carers and social work managers have drawn up and consulted on the new policy.

People interested in fostering can visit:- to find out more, or call the recruitment line on:- 0151 515 0000. Foster carers need to be aged over 21, but there is no upper age limit. They can be single, married or co-habiting, straight or gay.

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