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Liverpool Philharmonic concert marks the anniversary of Stravinsky’s visit to Bluecoat

On Thursday the 23rd of February Igor Stravinsky’s dazzling Firebird Suite will be performed at Liverpool Philharmonic. The concert will mark 83 years to the day since the iconic composer visited Bluecoat.

The Russian-born composer Stravinsky visited Liverpool in 1934 to give a recital of his music with the violinist Samuel Duskin. While dining at Bluecoat, he received news of the death of Sir Edward Elgar. Stravinsky immediately called on his fellow diners to join him in standing to honour ‘England’s greatest composer.’

Stravinsky's signature is currently on display at Bluecoat in our archive exhibition Art at the Heart of Bluecoat. The exhibition traces the development of Bluecoat as  a key centre for the arts and explores how its unique history was shaped by significant personalities such as Stravinsky himself.

Stravinksy's signature in the Bluecoat guest book, 1934.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto further references the anniversary of Stravinsky’s Liverpool visit with Elgar’s Violin Concerto performed by Chinese virtuoso Ning Feng. The symbolic and sure to be masterful concert will be repeated again on Friday 24th February.

Of Stravinsky’s visit in 1934, My Bluecoat Project Manager Gavin Davenport said:

“Stravinsky's visit to Bluecoat 83 years ago reflects the significance of the building and its communities to British arts and culture over the past century, and he's one of a host of important names from the cultural world including Bela Bartok and Margot Fonteyn who visited in that period. In our Art at the Heart of Bluecoat exhibition, we explore the central role of the arts at in transforming the former charity school into a major cultural centre through key personalities, exhibitions and organisations that found a home here.

"This is the first in a year-long series of heritage exhibitions that tell the building’s 300-year story, including its origins in 18th century philanthropy, a school for architects, home for radical exhibitions and bohemian cabaret, and the development of an artistic community."

Head of Communications at Liverpool Philharmonic Jayne Garrity said:

“In Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary year our concerts are a poignant reference to these towering figures in classical music, both of whom during their careers visited and worked in Liverpool, home, in the Bluecoat and Liverpool Philharmonic, to two of the UK’s longest established arts and cultural organisations. Many other great figures from music and the arts have or continue to visit, perform and work in both our organisations and across Liverpool today.’

Igor Stravinsky


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