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Edition No. 98

Date:- 10 May 2003

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FOLLOWING advice from the World Health Organisation, the UK advice concerning travel to areas affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been amended. The advice is as follows:

Defer travel to areas where there is, or is thought to be, ongoing transmission of infection

Based on information currently available from the World Health Organisation (WHO), areas in which local chains of transmission of SARS are or may be occurring are:-

- China
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China
- Guangdong Province
- Beijing
- Shanxi Province
- Tianjin
- Inner Mongolia Province
- Taipei

The UK public is strongly advised not to travel to these areas. This advice is being reviewed regularly and may change.

All travellers going to areas where SARS has been reported should be aware of:-

- The current situation - cases of SARS are continuing to occur
- The fact that they may be screened prior to air travel
- The symptoms of SARS

They should take this into account in making their travel plans.

Health Screening:-

From 29 March, all persons arriving in Hong Kong should have been asked to complete a health declaration form and people with symptoms of SARS will be seen by staff from the Hong Kong health department.

The WHO has advised port health authorities that all international travellers leaving affected areas should be screened before departure to detect symptoms that give reason to suspect a passenger may be
infected with SARS. Any traveller with a fever suggestive of a SARS infection should be asked to postpone their travel until they feel better. Screening may therefore result in a traveller having to stay


WHO has also issued detailed recommendations to airlines on steps to take should a suspected case of SARS be detected in flight. Some airlines are providing a restricted service to some of the affected countries, so you should contact the airlines before departure.


The symptoms of SARS are:- high fever (+38 Deg C) and one or more respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and/or difficulty in breathing. If any traveller experiences this combination of symptoms while in a SARS affected area or within 10 days of being in an affected area, they should seek medical attention and ensure that information about their recent travel is passed on to health care staff. Any traveller who develops these symptoms should not undertake any kind of further travel until they have recovered.

Travellers are advised that healthcare services in SARS affected areas are likely to be under pressure.

All travellers should carry health insurance. Further information can be found on the Health Protection Agency ( and World Health Organization ( websites.

Report with thanks to the Dept. Of Health.

Philharmonic Hall
Event Dates..


Sunday 11 7.15pm. Rotary Club of Liverpool. Spring Music Festival.  Come and hear Liverpool's finest young musicians and schools choirs for a guaranteed great night out. Featuring the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and Choir with selected Liverpool school choirs. Supported by the Liverpool Music Support Service.  £7.50, £12 concessions available

Friday May 16th, 8pm.  Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  With special guests Fourteen Shabalala & Shongshilo  Ladysmith Black Mambazo first stepped into the international spotlight when they featured on Paul Simon's groundbreaking Graceland album. Since then they have become a household name, selling more than a million albums in the UK alone and are renowned for their captivating Zulu harmonies that are a proud, strong homage to the jubilance, power and beauty of indigenous music.
We are very proud to welcome the group back following their amazing sell-out performance at the Hall in 2001. Tickets £19.50, £22.50

Saturday May 17th 7.30pm. Liverpool Welsh Choral Union. An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan.  An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan including a complete performance of Trial by Jury with John Hilton as The Learned Judge plus selections from your favourite operettas including The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. Silence in Court! Soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music Northern Chamber Orchestra Conductor Graham Jordan Ellis Tickets £10 - £16 (Students £7)

Sunday May 18th, 8pm. Billy Roberts. Join Billy Roberts and guests psychics for a spectacular psychic show hosted by Pete Price. Billy Roberts is regarded as one of the UK's top stage psychics and a leading authority on the paranormal. Tickets £12

Tuesday May 20th, 7.30pm. Hollywood and Broadway. Featuring much loved classics from musical film and theatre, including those timeless melodies and lyrics written for such popular favourites as Cabaret, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Singin' In the Rain, South Pacific, West Side Story, 42nd Street and many, many more. In the old fashioned tradition of making a song and dance of things Melanie Stace and Tim Flavin will be bringing glitz, glamour, gorgeous dancing girls and that old razzle-dazzle! Tickets £17.50, £19.50

Wednesday May 21st, 8pm. Gene Pitney
With the Maurice Merry Orchestra and Special Guest. Legendary American star Gene Pitney returns to the UK with a sensational show boasting all his hits, from Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa, Town Without Pity, I'm Gonna Be Strong, Looking Through The Eyes Of Love, Just One Smile and Nobody Needs Your Love to his recent Number One Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart. During a career that spans forty years and sales of over seventy five million records, Gene Pitney has established himself as one of the world's most popular and enduring artists. He takes to the Phil stage with a thirteen-piece orchestra to bring a night of pure entertainment over-flowing with hits. Tickets £15.50, £19.50

Friday May 23rd, 8pm. Don McLean
30th Anniversary Tour.  The ultimate American troubadour, Don McLean is responsible for such massive hits as Vincent (Starry Starry Night), And I Love You So, American Pie, La La Love You, Wonderful Baby, Crying, Since I Don't Have You, Castles In The Air, and many more… Tickets £24.50

Sunday May 25th, 7pm. Sierra Maestra & Souad Massi. Having marked their twenty-fifth anniversary with the stunning Rumbero Soy album, legendary soneros Sierra Maestra return to the Phil for a night of classic Cuban grooves. Founded by Juan De Marcos Gonzalez, creator of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and musical director of the Buena Vista Social Club, Sierra Maestra play in the old-style son line-up: tres, guitar, trumpet, bongo, congas, guiro, maracas and 4-part harmony vocals. Having recently worked with guitarist Marc Ribot, Omara Portuondo and Ibrahim Ferrer, the group are back at their very best. 
They will be joined by rising star of the world music scene, Souad Massi , fusing her Algerian roots with Andalusian flamenco, Arab instruments and folk jazz accents to stunning effect. "One of the finest new artists of the year" - The Guardian.  Tickets £15, £16.50

Wednesday May 28th, 8pm. Eddi Reader.
She first melted our hearts with Fairground Attraction's breakthrough single Perfect and debut album 'First of a Million Kisses' in 1988 and has released a string of superb solo albums since, whose warmth and romanticism have forged a unique place for her in British music. Eddi will be touring with her band, performing songs from her extensive back-catalogue, alongside material from her new album out in the spring, a collection of Robert Burns songs recorded with the Royal National Scottish Orchestra. Tickets £14.50

Thursday May 29th, 8pm. Jacques Loussier Trio. Famously known for his brilliant. improvisations on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Jacques Loussier is a musician in a class and category all his own. With demand for Loussier now again at an all time high with a string of festival and concert appearances lined-up world-wide, the brilliant and charismatic French pianist and his trio present a special concert 

of their unique improvisations on the music of Bach, Satie, Vivaldi, Ravel, and Debussy including the Four Seasons and Bolero.
£18.50, £22.50

Friday May 30th, 7.30pm. Classic Films at the Phil. Far From Heaven (12A). A wonderfully realised and visually sumptuous homage to the fifties melodramas of Douglas Sirk, Far From Heaven similarly speaks of suburban unhappiness and sexual repression veiled by the veneer of middle-class respectability. Julianne Moore (The Hours) and Dennis Quaid (Traffic) are the heads of a well-regarded, affluent family but when their repressed desires bubble to the fore the fabric of their lives is forever torn. 
Tickets £5.50 (£4.50) Boxes, £4.80 (£3.80) stalls (concessions) Boxes are available to reserve, all other seats are unreserved.

Saturday 31st May 1pm. MILAPfest. Music for the Mind & Soul concert Sarangi and Tabla duet with well known Sabri brothers, Kamal Sabri on Sarangi and Sarvar Sabri on Tabla.  Tickets FREE


Sunday June 1st, 7.30pm. The Fureys & Davey Arthur 25th. Anniversary Tour. Nobody in Irish music circles fails to have an anecdote about at least one member of the famous Furey clan. From the early days in the 1960s when Eddie and Finbar Furey pioneered Celtic music in Britain and Europe to the family band that stormed around the world in the '70s and right up to the present day, the name Furey is synonymous with vibrant music and colourful, firebrand characters. They are now reunited for a 25th Anniversary Tour, which sees them return to the Phil after far too long an absence. Green Fields Of France, Maggie, Red Rose Café, I'll Always Love You, I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen, When You Were Sweet 16.  Tickets £15

Thursday June 12th, 8pm. Judith Durham. The Diamond Tour 2003. Hey There, Georgy Girl! Living legend Judith Durham made history as lead singer with sixties icons The Seekers. As a singer, composer and pianist she has no equal, and her stunning voice has ensured a devoted and ever-increasing following spanning four decades. Celebrate with Judith on 'The Diamond Tour 2003', her first UK solo shows in seven years. Hear that unique golden voice in a 2-hour concert including many of her own inspirational compositions from her latest album `Hold On To Your Dream`, along with gospel favourites and much-loved Seekers hits like The Carnival Is Over, Georgy Girl and her own Colours Of My Life. £18.50

Friday June 13th, 2pm. The League of Welldoers. The League celebrates its 110th Birthday with a 'Summer Variety Benefit Concert' featuring local artists both young and not so young, alongside students from Millington's Theatre & Dance Academy.
Tickets priced £6 (group discounts apply) available from Lesley or Clare on (0151) 207 1984.

Friday June 13, 7.30pm.  Classic Films at the Phil.  The Pianist (15). Based on a true story, The Pianist recounts the experiences of Wladislaw Szpilman, a brilliant Jewish concert musician in Poland during World War II. Szpilman's extraordinary story of persecution, family tragedy and, ultimately, survival is brilliantly and authentically rendered in what is arguably one of Roman Polanski's (Repulsion, Chinatown) greatest and most deeply heartfelt achievements as a filmmaker.   Tickets £5.50 (£4.50) Boxes, £4.80 (£3.80) stalls (concessions)
Boxes are available to reserve, all other seats are unreserved.

Saturday June 14th, 7.30pm. International Reggae Showcase. Join us for this international charity celebration of the late Bob Marley and of reggae music. Featuring Aswad, Carol Thompson, Ebony, Simon Dan and many more guest artists, each performing Marley's music as well as their own, this promises to be a very special evening indeed.All proceeds to charity.
Tickets £19.50 (£17.50), £17.50 (£15.50)

Wednesday June 18th, 7.30pm. Hotfoot on Hope Street.  The ever-popular Hope Street Annual Concert returns to the Phil Highlights of the show include a performance of Peter and the Wolf narrated by Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips, and a performance of Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony by the HOPES Festival Orchestra with soloist John Peace. Plus contributions from community groups associated with All Arts in Kensington, along the theme of '50 years of Number One hits in Liverpool!' With Tony Burrage (Music Director), Ken Johnson and Richard Gordon-Smith and other colleagues from Live-A-Music. Tickets £5 (concessions available), £10 Boxes 

Friday June 20th, 7.30pm. Classic Film at the Phil. Chicago (12a). Based on the original smash hit Broadway musical by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago tells the tale of Roxie Hart (Zellwegar, Bridget Jones's Diary), a married chorus girl who kills her lover, a charming con man who had promised to make her a star. Sent to the Cook County Jail, Roxie crosses swords with fellow convict and former celebrity Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones, Traffic). Making his feature debut, Marshall does a great job of bringing the passion and energy of the musical to the screen and is helped no end by three stunning lead performances. 
Tickets £5.50 (£4.50) Boxes, £4.80 (£3.80) stalls (concessions) Boxes are available to reserve, all other seats are unreserved.

Friday June 27th, 7.30pm. Tony Benn.
Free At Last - An Audience with Tony Benn
An Audience with Tony Benn is a mix of politics, opinion, debate and memories. The highlight of the evening is the session of questions from the audience. Benn's only props are real: a flask of tea, some rubbed tobacco and his trademark pipe. "I think people are fed up with sound bites, spin, sensation and scandal from politicians. What people really want is a chance to discuss issues that affect all our lives, the things that really matter, and we have a discussion in a sensible uninterrupted and civilised manner" says Benn. Tickets £9.50, (£7.50) (concessions)

Saturday June 28th, 1pm.  Milapfest. Music For The Mind & Soul. One of the finest Sitar players from India, Budhatitya Mukherjee on Sitar with Tabla accompaniment. A Milapfest Premiere!  Tickets FREE

Saturday June 28th, 7.30pm. Merseyside Prom Praise 2003. A unique blend of music, word and worship in an irresistible 'Last Night of the Proms' style. Noel Tredinnick and the All Souls Orchestra with Merseyside Prom Praise Choir and soloists Doug Walker and Juliet Panter. Tickets £7 - £16

Sunday June 29th, 7.30pm.  Gershwin's Porgy & Bess The World Tour The story of Porgy and Bess entwines pride, prejudice, pathos and passion with classic Gershwin songs including Summertime, I Got Plenty O'Nuttin and It Ain't Necessarily So. This stunning and triumphant production has played to standing ovations and worldwide acclaim in over 350 cities. The cast will be drawn from some of the nation's leading opera companies and will feature a superb orchestra under the musical direction of Maestro Stefan Kozinsli. Don't miss the chance to see this outstanding production of George Gershwin's masterpiece.  Tickets £30, £26.50, £22.50, £17.50, £15


Friday July 4th, 7.30pm. Classic Films at the Phil. Gangs of New York (18). From Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas), perhaps America's greatest living director, comes one of the most eagerly awaited films of this year or any other. Set in Manhattan in the mid-1800's, Gangs Of New York focuses on the attempts of Amsterdam (DiCaprio), to avenge his father's murder. To do so, he must confront New York's ruthless Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis) by slowly infiltrating his gang and gaining control of the ongoing wars between the city's Irish and Italian communities. A bravura exercise in filmmaking that mingles deft performances, awe-inspiring spectacle and bone-shuddering conflict, Gangs Of New York has famously been a long time in coming but it more than repays the wait.
Tickets £5.50 (£4.50) Boxes, £4.80 (£3.80) stalls (concessions). Boxes are available to reserve, all other seats are unreserved.

Saturday July 5th, 7.30pm, Crosby Symphony Orchestra, 60th Birthday Charity Concert. To celebrate 60 years of music-making the Crosby Symphony Orchestra has commissioned an exciting new work to open this concert - Crosby Symphony Overture by Ian Stephens. Internationally acclaimed pianist Martin Roscoe returns to play the First Piano Concerto by Brahms and conductor Robert Sells completes his 20th season with a performance of Dvorak's Symphony No 8 in G. £10 (£5 under 16's) (Boxes £80) Available from Philharmonic Hall, Pritchard's Bookshops and participating charities.

Tuesday July 8th, 7.30pm. Classic Films at the Phil.  Capture the Castle (PG).
An enchanting love story set in 1930s England based on the acclaimed Dodie Smith novel, I Capture the Castle follows the story of Cassandra Mortmain's romantic spirit and the comic narrative of her family's misfortunes as they struggle to survive in a decaying English castle. An instant and enduring success, the story unwinds in a complex of interconnected family characters and events which spiral out of control - before the summer ends Cassandra will experience frustrated desire, first love, and a broken heart.  Tickets £5.50 (£4.50) Boxes, £4.80 (£3.80) stalls (concessions).
Boxes are available to reserve, all other seats are unreserved.

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