2016-17 Season

Welcome to a Hallé season packed with spectacle and Northern soul

Northern Legends thread their way through our music throughout 2016 and 2017. These inspiring concerts will sit alongside an eagerly anticipated Elgar festival and an extraordinary season finale.

Sir Mark Elder opens the season with a pair of programmes featuring Beethoven symphonies. First, in September, we have the ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, then in October he is joined by the Hallé Choir and four top soloists for a performance of the mighty Ninth Symphony, a true showpiece. Ryan Wigglesworth’s first concert includes Tippet’s extraordinary protest against war, A Child of Our Time. Mark continues his greatly acclaimed survey of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies with the stormy sixth and will also direct the latest installment of the Hallé’s Ring Cycle: Das Rheingold (be sure to book now!)

There will be a three part Elgar Festival, including the First Symphony, The Dream of Gerontius and the next of our ‘Beyond the Score’ presentations featuring the Enigma Variations. The season finale is of extraordinary scale and massive forces: a rare performance of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Featuring an all-star vocal lineup, massed choirs and the combined might of both the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, it promises to be an evening never to be forgotten.

Guest artists include Sunwook Kim, Alice Coote, Kathryn Stott, and Tamsin Waley-Cohen among many others. A wonderful range of symphonies and concertos include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Sibelius’s Second Symphony, Brahms’s Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s thrilling Classical Symphony, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies of Tchaikovsky.

The Hallé Pops this season offers a great and diverse collection of concerts. Stephen Bell is once again at the helm for our ever-popular Classical Extravaganza. Then we have concerts featuring The Music of Star Wars, Classics in the Movies, From Broadway with Love with Larry Blank, Oscars for Orchestra and a very special event featuring the Hallé and Ronnie Scott’s Trio, and that’s just a selection! There will be a stocking full of concerts for Christmas including Christmas with Clare Teale, James Bond and the magic of Queen. The Snowman will return by popular demand, this year featuring Paddington Bear!

These are only a selection of our concerts.

You can find out all the information you need below. We look forward to seeing you in this new exciting season.