The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest concert‐giving organisations in the world, and the second oldest in Britain. The origins of its concert series date back to the formation of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, which administers it, in 1840. The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as it was called then, acquired the title ‘Royal’ in 1957. In 1989 the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and Orchestra received an Honorary Fellowship from the Liverpool John Moores University and in 1991 were the first organisations to be granted the freedom of the City of Liverpool. A further honour of Meritorious Service was granted by the City of Liverpool in 1997.

"The start of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's season is an eagerly awaited event these days. And no wonder the Hall gets packed out when concerts are as inspiring as this one."  The Daily Telegraph