LJMU conducts new classical music experience for city and students

19 August 2014: Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is opening up yet another exciting cultural experience for its students and the city through its partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Classic FM, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s media partner, is set to broadcast live from the University’s Redmonds Building, as part of the Liverpool International Music Festival on Friday 22nd August from 1pm to 5pm.

Additionally, all new students who are interested in the University’s offerings through the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic partnership, will get a free copy of a new book by Classic FM Managing Director Darren Henley and Managing Editor Sam Jackson, EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CLASSICAL MUSIC, which provides essential information for the experienced music lover as well as an invaluable introduction to those who are developing an appreciation of the genre.

Classic FM is the UK’s most popular classical music radio station, with 5.4 million people tuning in each week. Its Managing Director Darren Henley said: "Liverpool John Moores University leads the way among UK universities with this far-sighted and enriching programme of cultural and artistic engagement for its students. It's a truly life-changing opportunity for every student to get involved in the arts. Classic FM has worked closely with the Liverpool Phil for more than a decade and it's exciting to take that partnership to a new level by working with LJMU. Together, we're developing a new generation of classical music lovers".

Classic FM’s weekday afternoon presenter Jamie Crick will broadcast his radio programme live from the Redmonds Building, ahead of compering the Liverpool International Music Festival at Sefton Park. Jamie has presented events all over Britain, working with Classic FM’s partner orchestras and hosting many outdoor concerts at stately homes and castles. The Liverpool International Music Festival 2014 highlights the constantly evolving DNA of a global music city through expression, celebration and the new.

Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), Liverpool John Moores University said: “We are delighted to offer this experience and insight into classical music through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Liverpool is a culturally vibrant city and as a modern civic university, we want to support students to have every opportunity to appreciate the world-class arts establishments within the city.   Classic FM are helping us to deliver new and exciting opportunities to our students through the broadcast and the book".

“All LJMU cultural partnerships extend the learning experience and students can interact with broadcasters, musicians, conductors, artists, writers and actors and ensure that engagement with the arts becomes part of their student experience.”

The University’s links with cultural institutions offer students unrivalled opportunities to access music, contemporary and classical art, and theatre throughout the city. This includes partnerships with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres and Tate Liverpool.

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About Liverpool John Moores University:

Founded in 1825, LJMU is a modern civic university delivering impactful research and scholarship that form the foundation for its interaction with industry, business and the community. The University has around 24,000 students, recruited from over 100 countries, who are enrolled on a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degrees as well as continuing professional development programmes. LJMU is one of the UK’s leading research active contemporary universities, with world-leading and internationally recognised research taking place across the institution. It also continues to be one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions for its interaction with business and the community. This interaction informs both teaching and research at the University and impacts positively on graduate employability, with 92% of graduates being in work or further study within six months of leaving the University.

About Classic FM:

Classic FM offers a wide variety of programmes, hosted by a range of broadcasters and musicians including John Suchet, Alan Titchmarsh, Aled Jones, Myleene Klass, Alex James, Margherita Taylor, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Nicholas Owen, Charlotte Green and Catherine Bott. Since its launch in 1992, Classic FM has aimed to break down the barriers to classical music and in so doing, introduce an entirely new audience to the genre. The station seeks constantly to expand its listener base through ground breaking new audience initiatives and partnerships.

Media contacts:

Classic FM - Katie Lassman, Press Officer, Global

Tel: 020 7054 8387. Email: katie.lassman@thisisglobal.com

Liverpool John Moores University, Press Officer

Tel: 0151 231 3004. Email: c.n.coombes@ljmu.ac.uk

About Us

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has over 180 years’ experience educating students in a wide range of disciplines, spanning the arts, humanities, education, health, science and technology and we offer a diverse range of undergraduate degrees, postgraduate taught programmes and research opportunities. Over 95% of research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 was of international quality or higher, with more than 70% of impact activity rated internationally excellent or world-leading. We are one of the top performing new universities in the UK for Architecture and Built Environment, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, General Engineering, Physics and Sports-Related Studies. LJMU also continues to be one of the UK’s leading higher education institutions for our interaction with business and the community. We are currently ranked in the top 40 UK universities for staff and graduate start-up companies and in the top 20 for spin-off companies.

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Liverpool John Moores University leads the way among UK universities with this far-sighted and enriching programme of cultural and artistic engagement for its students. It's a truly life-changing opportunity for every student to get involved in the arts. Classic FM has worked closely with the Liverpool Phil for more than a decade and it's exciting to take that partnership to a new level by working with LJMU. Together, we're developing a new generation of classical music lovers
Darren Henley, Classic FM Managing Director