Today, the city is bursting with talent with many musicians trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – notable alumni include singer Sandi Thom and Overtones singer Mark Franks.
For those who prefer to spectate than take part, Liverpool regularly has a varied schedule of musical events taking place at both large and more intimate venues.
X Factor fans will be in their element over the next few months, seeing them through the withdrawal period after the show ends next week. Former contestants Olly Murs and One Direction will be performing in the city as well as local lass Rebecca Ferguson. One Direction and Olly will take to the stage at the Echo Arena in January and February respectively, while Rebecca is sure to wow the crowd at the Philharmonic Hall in March. Meanwhile, Liverpool-born Marcus Collins will vie to be crowned this year’s winner at the finals next weekend.
If you’d rather something a little more classical, Nigel Kennedy will be performing at the Royal Philharmonic Hall on January 15, including a unique new interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. And forces sweetheart Katherine Jenkins will be at the same venue on January 25 with her Daydream tour. Amongst the songs to be performed are I Dreamed a Dream in French, a new composition of Ave Maria and her stirring tribute to servicing men and women called A Flower Tells a Story.
And later in the year, classical crossover quartet Il Divo are sure to be a huge hit when they perform at the Echo Arena in April. Part of their fourth world tour, the show will premier songs form their new album Wicked Game which is on general release now.
If folk music is more your cup of tea, legendary Irish singer, songwriter and bodram player Christy Moore will play in Liverpool at the Philharmonic Hall in April. Founder of classic folk band Planxty and occasional member of folk 'supergroup' Moving Hearts, Moore has been called the Bob Dylan of Irish music.
Another treat in store for music fans is a visit by folk singer Joan Baez, singing at the Philharmonic Hall in March. She has been making music for over 50 years, taking her place in history as one of the most influential singers of her generation.
If you don’t live in Liverpool but want to experience the musical treats the city has to offer, why not make a weekend of it? Liverpool hotels are plentiful and varied enough to suit any budget so you’re bound to find one that suits your taste and pocket – leaving you more cash for a half-time drink or an impulse CD purchase at the end!
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