With a reputation for artistic excellence, the Hallé ranks amongst the UK’s top symphonic ensembles. Now in its 159th
season, the Hallé remains determined to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes. It aspires to provide leadership through performance standards, understanding, education and training.
Founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé, 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 became Music Director in 2000 and was knighted by the Queen for services to music in 2008.
In November 2011, he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.
As well as taking to the stage for around 70 concerts a year at The Bridgewater Hall, its Manchester home, and over 40 concerts annually throughout the rest of Britain, the Hallé’s distinguished history of acclaimed performances also includes international tours, frequent broadcasts and televised performances. The Hallé has also been honoured with the South Bank Award for its celebrated collaborations with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern College of Music and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Hallé St Peter’s, the Hallé’s rehearsal, recording and small concert space, was opened in 2013 by the Hallé’s Patron, HRH The Countess of Wessex. A restored church in Ancoats, the venue provides a home for the Hallé, its choirs and youth orchestra as well as an exciting space for education workshops and small performances. Future plans are being developed to expand the site to create additional rehearsal and breakout spaces as well as a café.
A number of recordings on the Hallé’s own CD label have been honoured with prestigious awards including six Gramophone Awards between 2009 and 2013. In April 2013, the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder received both ‘Choral Award’ and ‘Recording of the Year’ at the BBC Music Magazine Awards for their live recording of Elgar’s The Apostles.
In August 2013, the same recording won the ‘Choral Award’ in the 2013 Gramophone Awards.
Last season over a quarter of a million people heard the Hallé, of which more than 71,000 were inspired by the Hallé’s pioneering education programme. Generating around 70 projects a year, it exists to create a wider enjoyment and understanding of music throughout the whole community. The Hallé is a registered charity.
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