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Bringing the best in Chamber Music to Merseyside





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The Rodewald Concert Society was formed in 1911 in memory of the celebrated benefactor and conductor in Liverpool Alfred E Rodewald (1861 – 1903). For many years the Society has been the premier organisation in Liverpool and on Merseyside responsible for bringing some of the finest International Chamber Music Groups to the region.    Notable in this endeavour were the opportunities extended to local audiences and chamber music supporters to hear Quartets such as the Catterall, Amadeus, Smetana, Janacek and Melos as well as musicians such as Paul Tortellier and the Beaux Arts Trio.   Commissions of new works also featured among its other activities.

While the Society suffered from a period of financial difficulty during the 1990s, the support and enthusiasm of chamber music lovers in Merseyside and its present Chairman, the Society has been able to refocus its activities. While the Society remains an independent Charity, its close working relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society ensures it is a part of completing the provision of a full range of musical performances for the benefit of the wider audiences drawn from the Merseyside area.

The Rodewald Concert Society has a wide remit to meet its role in provision of mainstream Chamber Music with Quartet Concerts, Piano recitals and other groups and ensembles.

The 2011-12 Season continues to offer audiences a quality series of quartet concerts including Paul Lewis who is performing all Schuberts piano music over the next seasons and the Beethoven Series by the Belcea Quartet.

The Society has also commissioned two works by the late John McCabe and Emily Howard in recognition of its Centenary Year. Furthermore, a special event will be held in January 2012 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Alfred Rodewald. Details of these concerts can be found on the menu on thehome page.

Chamber Music in Liverpool also has become firmly established in the wonderfully refurbished St Georges Hall Small Concert Hall. The Rodewald Concert Society concerts are held in its intimate and acoustically fine environment. The smaller size of the hall meets the atmosphere needed for Chamber Music. Special events will also be held ffrom time to time at the Philharmonic Hall, itself a fine concert hall designed and built in the 1930s but recently completely refurbished to provide some the best acoustic conditions of any hall in Europe. Some of the concerts are recorded by the BBC for broadcasting on Radio 3.

For those interested in further historical archive material, the Society Archives are now held in the Liverpool Record office.

Click here for a direct link to the Rodewald Archives in the on-line catalogue: Liverpool Record Office Rodewald Concert Society


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