Critics label the Phil 'a world-beater'.THE Royal Liverpool Philharmonic The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra based in Liverpool, England, is one of the world's oldest established orchestras. It is part funded by the local authority, and is administered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society (RPLS), a registered charity. Orchestra has been listed as one of three of the world's most "up-and-coming" orchestras by a panel of leading critics in Gramophone magazine's December issue.
In a Top 20 list of the World's Greatest Orchestras, the London Symphony Orchestra The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. Since 1982, the LSO has been based in London's Barbican Centre. History , in fourth place, was the sole UK representative.
The Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam tops the list. The Berlin Philharmonic, under Music Director Sir Simon Rattle (the Liverpool Phil's Artist Laureate 2008) and the Vienna Philharmonic are listed second and third respectively.
On the Liverpool Phil, the panel remarked: "When Vasily Petrenko became the orchestra's principal conductor in 2006, he became the youngest person to hold the position in its 165-year-old history. With his appointment, an ensemble with a distinguished pedigree of principal conductors cemented its commitment to promoting classical music as a valid art form for contemporary audiences."
Michael Eakin, the Phil's chief executive, said: "Lists of any kind are contentious, of course, but we are delighted to be recognised in such distinguished company."
Vasily Petrenko conducting the RLPO RLPO Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (UK) - highly praised by experts