Liverpool Philharmonic Hall gets Arts Council funding

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Liverpool Philharmonic hope to complete the renovation of the hall by 2015

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Arts Council England has boosted the renovation of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall by awarding £7.5m to its £12m refurbishment.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic will launch a £1m appeal in September to complete the project, after raising £1m from private contributions.

Last year Liverpool City Council pledged £2m for the work.

The orchestra hopes the renovation will be completed by 2015, in time for its 175th anniversary.

Lorraine Rogers, Chairman of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic said: "This award is fantastic news and we are immensely grateful to both Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council for their support.

"Our priority now is to raise the remaining £1m of investment we need."

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: "Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is a world-famous cultural institution and I am delighted that Arts Council England has backed it with this funding.

"The refurbishment will give a new lease of life to this much-loved building, enabling it to be enjoyed by generations to come."

The Grade II listed hall, which holds a maximum audience of 1,800, is owned by the council and was built for the orchestra in 1939.

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