Liverpool Philharmonic Hall gets Arts Council funding

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

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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