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Music is food for the soul MY CITY.

AT THE age of 18, I went on a less than exciting holiday with my parents. The only thing I can remember about that holiday was that, on a boring Sunday evening, I went into the TV room to watch The Proms, which featured Brahms' 1st Piano Concerto. My holiday was transformed and I discovered a piece of music that has lived with me ever since.

On Thursday, I was privileged to meet up with this old friend again when the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Marc-Andre Hamelin performed the piece under the direction of conductor Andrew Manze.

Forty-five years since that evening on holiday, I was as transfixed as before. The Orchestra sounded better than ever and the performance drew loud and sustained applause.

My thanks to Society chairman, Professor Nigel Weatherill and chief executive Michael Eakin for their welcome and company during the evening. Even more thanks to both for giving me the privilege of meeting Messrs Hamelin and Manze after the concert.

Our orchestra is a real jewel in our cultural crown and must be a potent inspiration to the many budding musicians in our city.

Earlier in the week, I was invited to hand out A-Level certificates and prizes to the pupils of Blue Coat School. This also gave me the opportunity to hear the Blue Coat School Orchestra perform Marche Slave, by Tchaikovsky, to a remarkable standard.

Just before Christmas, I listened to the exemplary orchestra from Belvedere Academy. Schools such as Blue Coat and Belvedere help secure our cultural future.

My thanks to all who at every level encourage a love for music and high standards of performance. We reap the benefit.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2018
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