The Liverpool Philharmonic Society was founded in but initially did not have a permanent concert hall. Subscribers were invited to both buy shares and to purchase seats along the sides of the hall. Mendelssohn did not live long enough to write the work. The orchestra, on each side of which is a canopied box for the use of the committee or the directors of the concert, is at the east end of the hall, recessed under an arch, filled to the extremities by the instrumental and choral phalanx of executants, disposed semicircularly, with numberless bronze music-stands, each surmounted by a lyre. It has a most imposing appearance. A large organ, of simple but classic design, backs the orchestra. The length of the body of the hall, without the orchestra, is about feet; with the orchestra, about feet.
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Went to see Van Morrison on the Phil , I had a seat in a box for the first time and the seat was superb. It was at the back of the stalls looking directly at the middle of the stage so had a great view of Van the Man. I have been to the Phil since the 60's and this is the best seat I have ever had. The concert, disapointing , he only did 90 minutes, so felt short changed, only one song Gloria, obvious, for the encore. He performed a lot of new songs but only a few oldies and they had new arrangements that I didn't care for especially, Cleaning Windows, one of my all time faves. My old school has, so far as I am aware, always held its annual prize giving at this prestigious venue, but I would encourage anyone to try and find some reason to visit the building, affectionately known to locals simply as "The Phil". The wonderful, Art Deco interior has been sensitively brought up to date and now includes an excellent coffee shop, studio rooms and much more. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, based here, is world class.