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Performer: The Hallé

Biography

The Hallé has a reputation for artistic excellence, ranking it amongst the world’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its 160th season, the Hallé continues to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes, with aspirations to provide leadership through performance standards, education, understanding and training.

Founded by Sir Charles Hallé in Manchester, the Hallé gave its first concert in the city’s Free Trade Hall on 30 January 1858. Following the death of Sir Charles, the orchestra continued to develop under the guidance of such distinguished figures as Dr Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli. Mark Elder CBE became Music Director in 2000. He was knighted by the Queen in 2008 for services to music and appointed a Companion of Honour in 2017. In November 2011, he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

The Hallé has received many awards, notably from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the South Bank Awards, for its work in the concert hall and celebrated collaborations with other orchestras and Manchester organisations. As well as taking to the stage for around 70 concerts a year at The Bridgewater Hall, its Manchester home, the Hallé places great pride in giving over 40 concerts annually throughout the rest of Britain. Its distinguished history of acclaimed performances also includes televised concerts, frequent radio broadcasts and international tours.

Since the Hallé launched its own CD label in 2003, a number of its recordings have won prestigious awards including five Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or. A further Gramophone Award was given for one of an ongoing series of recordings made for the acclaimed contemporary music label, NMC. In 2013, the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder’s recording of Elgar’s The Apostles was honoured with both the ‘Choral Award’ and ‘Recording of the Year’ (BBC Music Magazine) as well as the ‘Choral Award’ (Gramophone).

Hallé St Peter’s provides a home for the Hallé’s rehearsals and recordings, its choirs and Youth Orchestra, as well as a space for education workshops and small performances. Opened by the Hallé’s Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex in 2013, it is a restored church in the Ancoats area of Manchester. From the end of 2017 to summer 2019, Hallé St Peter’s will be closed for expansion, creating additional rehearsal spaces as well as a café.

Over a quarter of a million people heard the Hallé live last season, of whom more than 71,000 were inspired by the Hallé’s pioneering education programme. It exists to create a wider enjoyment and understanding of music throughout the whole community and generates around 65 projects each year. The Hallé is a registered charity.

Click here to find out more on the Hallé's website. You can also follow the Hallé on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram

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ManchesterThe Hallé - Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega
Falla, Mozart, Beethoven
The Hallé; Carlos Miguel Prieto; Sergio Castelló López

ManchesterThe Hallé - Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony

© Benjamin Ealovega
Mozart, Casken, Prokofiev
The Hallé; Jamie Phillips; Katy Jones

ManchesterThe Hallé - Opera Gala

© Eric Richmond
Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Rossini
The Hallé; Gianluca Marcianò; Anna Patalong; Jung Soo Yun

ManchesterThe Hallé - Shostakovich's First Symphony

© WNO
Dvořák, Beethoven, Shostakovich
The Hallé; Tomáš Hanus

NottinghamThe Hallé Film Music Concert - Fantastic Worlds

The Hallé Film Music Concert - Fantastic Worlds
Djawadi, Uematsu, Howard, Shore, Burwell, Williams, Zimmer, Gregson-Williams
The Hallé; Stephen Bell; Hannah Waddingham
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An evening with the Hallé of rhythmical virtuosity

Carlos Miguel Prieto © Benjamin Ealovega

The combined forces of Mexico’s most prominent conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto and the leading Spanish clarinettist Sergio Castelló López lent a slightly new sound to the Hallé. 

***11
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A steller Damnation de Faust in Manchester

Rachel Kelly © Gerard Collett
Sir Mark Elder conducts a memorable performance of Berlioz' masterpiece in Manchester's Bridgewater Hall.
*****
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Bleak polar landscapes evoked by The Hallé in Sinfonia Antartica

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
Sir Mark Elder conducts The Hallé in Berlioz, Saint-Saëns with Stephen Hough and Vaughan Williams
****1
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Francesca Dego joins the Hallé for rousing Russian repertoire

Francesca Dego © Davide Cerati
A dynamic Italian pairing provides warmth in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, part of a trio of Russian works. 
****1
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Tom Poster stars in a Hallé concert of Nordic magic

Jean Sibelius in 1913 © Wikicommons, public domain
Grieg's Piano Concerto played by Tom Poster and the Hallé under Stpehen Bell was the highlight of a popular programme of Nordic favourites by Grieg and Sibelius
****1
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