About Peter Goodhew

For forty years I was an engineering academic and electron microscopist, before taking up wood-turning and writing about education (and learning to play with my grandchildren).

Before and after

Here are three pictures of the Philharmonic Hall before and after Adagio.  Improvement or not?

Unfortunately I don’t have exactly the same shot before and after: The top left is the hall now, just before a recent concert; bottom left is a shot of the layout for the dinner two years ago at whch I learned that Adagio was not to be re-hung after the refurbishment; right is a close-up from the choir stalls.


Adagio unveiled

Yesterday Adagio was formally switched on in her new location by University of Liverpool Vice Chancellor Janet Beer, silversmith Marianne Forrest and Peter Goodhew. It’s taken 23 months but we made it!

You can visit and see the sculpture by asking at the reception desk in the Harold Cohen Library.  It will not always be switched on, because the motors are audible from the reader desks nearby.


Peter Goodhew, Marianne Forrest and Janet Beer in front of Adagio. Picture: John Davidson.


Peter Goodhew describing the re-installation process in the Harold Cohen Library. Picture: John Davidson.


Sculptor/silversmith Marianne Forrest in front of her creation. Picture: John Davidson.


The descriptive plaque by the sculpture. Picture: John Davidson.


Nearly there

Today I saw Adagio without the scaffolding.  The contractors have unfortunately left four pieces of masking tape above the sculpture, and have not yet filled the hole left by the clock.  However we can now get a feel for the final effect – and I think it’s marvellous.  She fits in better than I had hoped, and the contrast with the grey wall (as opposed to the cream background in the Phil) works very well.  Here are a couple of pictures:


One benefit which I had not anticipated is that, because you can now stand closer than when you used to view her from the auditorium, some of the finer detail which Marianne Forrest employed is more clearly visible. For instance the mottled brown/black on the central circle and the gold/red mottling on the horizontal “wave” piece are now clearly to be seen.

If you want to see for yourself, just ask at the entrance desk to be admitted and make your way to the first floor Reading Room.

… and running

Adagio is on the wall and moving! I have just seen the power turned on and the sculpture operating just as she should. It’s all been worth it. The next step is to remove the scaffolding, and then find a date for the great unveiling.

Well done, Smith of Derby, Integral and the University team!

She’s in

Yesterday (14th July) all the components of Adagio were successfully brought in to the HCL Reading Room (by both window and stairs). Today we approved her future position on the wall.  Installation should begin in the week beginning 27th July and take a few days. In the intervening week various items of support structure have to be made, now we can make measurements directly on the wall.  Real, visible progress at last!

The team assembles

Yesterday (5th June 2015) the project team met on site in the Harold Cohen Library.  Now I really believe it’s going to happen!  We are planning for Adagio to be delivered to the library on 14th July and for her to be installed over the following two weeks. Only then will we think about an unveiling date.

Meanwhile, if you’re on campus, watch out for scaffolding going up outside the HC Library in early July, in preparation for the arrival of the sculpture.