Liverpool Philharmonic has announced that Weightmans has become a corporate sponsor for the 2022/23 season.
Weightmans, an award-winning national law firm, was established in Liverpool in 1827 and remains headquartered in the city. The firm is particularly interested in Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music and Mental Health programme, which is now in its 14th year.
Weightmans will sponsor Liverpool Philharmonic’s first Dementia-Friendly concert of the season. The concert, titled ‘A Walk in the Country’, will be performed twice on Saturday 3 December at Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room.
Given by members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the dementia-friendly concert series is designed specifically for people living with dementia, their friends, family and carers. This concert will be presented by Gethyn Jones, sub-principal cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
The concerts will take place in the fully accessible Music Room. The performance space and bar area will be made as comfortable as possible for the audience. For example, lights will be kept on during the performance and there will be a separate quiet space where audience members can go during the concert.
Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic, said, “I am very pleased to welcome Weightmans as a sponsor for this season and thank them for supporting the Dementia-Friendly concert taking place in December.
“The support of the business community plays an integral role in our ability to deliver a diverse range of concerts throughout the season. We really appreciate the local and national businesses who have maintained their support for Liverpool Philharmonic.”
Steve Peacock, Partner and Head of Weightmans’ Liverpool office said, “We are so proud to support the Liverpool Philharmonic, which shares our long history in the city and passion for supporting people and organisations within the region.
“At Weightmans, we believe that investment in arts and culture is crucial, not just to benefit the local economy but to support and enhance the wellbeing of the community. Music can be an incredible tonic to those living with dementia and we are so pleased to support the Philharmonic’s dementia-friendly concert, which will hopefully bring joy to those who attend.”
An attendee at a Liverpool Philharmonic dementia-friendly concert in February 2022 said, “My dad has dementia and his world is slowly shrinking. He’s gone from being an intellectual to not being able to read, watch TV or even hold a conversation. The one thing he still loves is watching the Proms and so this dementia-friendly performance was one way to try to stem that shrinking world.
“It was done so well, so friendly and planned with such sensitivity. It was a thrilling and well thought through collection of music that my dad could tap his foot to and even sing along. It was just as positive for my mum. She “got out the house and went somewhere other than a hospital for a change!” as she put it. We do hope you can squeeze in a few more- my dad’s days grow darker and we need all the light we can get. Thank you to all who planned and played.”
Image: (L-R) John Schorah (Managing Partner, Weightmans), Emma Collins (Head of Individual Services, Weightmans) Michael Eakin (Chief Executive, Liverpool Philharmonic) and Steve Peacock (Weightmans Liverpool office head)