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New orchestral version of ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ set for Classic FM premiere

A reimagined version of the ‘60s pop hit ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, created through a partnership between Cammell Laird and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, is to have its radio premiere on Classic FM next week.

The special orchestral version, based on the original 1964 song by Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers, will receive its first radio play next Tuesday (30) at around 8.30am during Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast.

It’ll be featured once again on Thursday, August 1 as part of John Suchet’s show before joining the radio station’s regular playlist.

The live premiere of ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ will take place during a special concert in Birkenhead Park this September. The event is set to be a highlight of Wirral’s Borough of Culture year and will mark the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s only outdoor performance of 2019.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will take to the stage at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 7. Tickets are available now at priced at £15.00 / £12.50 (concessions) with up to two children free per adult ticket, a small charge applies for additional children.

‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ brought the Mersey Ferries worldwide fame. It also became an instant hit for Gerry and the Pacemakers and has retained a special place in Mersey culture. Cammell Laird is hugely proud of its Mersey Ferries heritage, with the shipyard having built 15 Mersey Ferries dating back to 1836. MV Overchurch was built in Birkenhead in 1962 and Cammell Laird has helped to maintain the current Mersey Ferries fleet for the last 60 years. Commercial shipbuilding returned to Cammell Laird in 2012 with the construction of two car ferries – MV Sound of Seil and MV Sound of Soay. In April this year, the company completed work on Red Kestrel, a £10million ferry for Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel.

The idea to record a special version of the song was sparked by a meeting during this year’s Animated Square light show at Birkenhead Town Hall between Tony Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Cammell Laird, which is based in Birkenhead on the Wirral, and Andrew Cornall, Artistic Director at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musicians of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra led by their Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko gathered for the recording at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in May and the new arrangement was the work of Tim Jackson, Principal Horn.

Click here for more information on this September’s concert at Birkenhead Park, as well as details on the various events taking place in Wirral as part of its Borough of Culture year.