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Small is beautiful for the Phil; Arts.

Byline: Joe Riley

THE Liverpool Phil is on the verge of signing a management agreement for running the wonderfully refurbished small concert hall at St George's Hall.

This remarkable venue, in the style of an early Italian opera house, has been brought back on stream having been neglected and mothballed for more than 20 years.

Already the Rodewald concerts society, affiliated to the Philharmonic, has announced a series of chamber concerts there next season.

The small hall-where Charles Dickens read his work before boarding a ship for America-has already been used in prototype concerts by the Phil's contemporary music chamber ensemble 10:10.

There have also been appearances by the international pianist Joanna MacGregor and by BBC musician and composer of the year Mark Simpson.

And now comes news that the small hall will also be used for one of the concerts in this year's burgeoning Liverpool Irish Festival.

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PERFORMING: Mark Simpson; HALL FAN: Joanna MacGregor
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2007
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