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Thursday
11
September
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
The Hallé and Kinshasa Symphony and Choir

The Hallé and Kinshasa Symphony and Choir

The Hallé is proud to play host to this remarkable orchestra and choir from the Democratic Republic of Congo and welcome them warmly at the start of their first ever visit to the UK.

L’Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste de Kinshasa (the Kinshasa Symphony) was formed in the mid-1990s by Armand Diangienda, now their conductor and musical director. Neither he, nor the members of the orchestra had any formal training, the group emerging from Armand’s father’s church orchestra in Kinshasa.

The orchestra and choir now perform a wide range of repertoire, and will perform alongside the Hallé and members of its choirs and youth ensembles for what promises to be an inspiring musical event.

Members of the orchestra combine long working hours with playing in the orchestra, many spending hours travelling on foot to rehearsals. Kinshasa is one of the poorest countries in the world, ravaged by conflict, with the orchestra promoting peace and hope through music.

Their visit to the UK will begin in Manchester and continue on to London (Southbank Centre) and Bristol (Colston Hall) with the Kinshasa Choir paying an additional visit to Cardiff (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama). In addition to the performances, the orchestra will participate in a series of instrument repair workshops and receive repair kits to help maintain their instruments. 




The programme will include (subject to confirmation):

Shostakovich Festive Overture (both orchestras)
Congolese and Western Choral items (Kinshasa Chorus and Hallé Youth Choir)
Congolese repertoire (Kinshasa Orchestra)
Berlioz movements from Symphonie fantastique (both orchestras and members of Hallé Youth Orchestra)

Beethoven Finale from Symphony No.9 (both orchestras and choirs)

Armand Diangienda and Jamie Phillips conductors 

Bryony Williams soprano, Emma Stannard mezzo-soprano, Matthew Moss tenor, Daniel Shelvey baritone
(soloists provided with grateful thanks to the Royal Northern College of Music)

As well as the concert performance there will be a range of activities taking place in The Bridgewater Hall foyer on the night from 6pm. This will include performances by a fusion of Hallé and Kinshasa Symphony players, a local group of African drummers, choral performances and African food.

Tickets prices 

Adult £12 | Children £6 (17 and under)

Concessions and group discounts available. 

Booking fees
A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.


Sunday
14
September
7:30 PM
Royal Hall
Harrogate
Harrogate - Verdi, Grieg, Rachmaninov

Harrogate - Verdi, Grieg, Rachmaninov

Verdi The Force of Destiny Overture   9'
Grieg Peer Gynt: Suites Nos.1 & 2   22'
Rachmaninov Symphony No.2   60'

Janusz Piotrowicz conductor

The Hallé are delighted to perform at Ripon International Festival in a fantastic concert of thrilling music conducted by the Festival's founder Janusz Piotrowicz. The concert begins with the dramatic overture to Verdi's opera of love, fate and vengeance, now as famous as a concert opener and film score as it is an operatic curtain raiser. Grieg's Peer Gynt includes some of his most inspired and best-known music and tonight you will hear Morning, Death of Ase, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Ingrid's Lament, Arabian Dance and Solveig's Song. Rachmaninov’s gloriously romantic Second Symphony has a melodic opulence unsurpassed in twentieth-century music. Its triumphant finale is the perfect way to send us home. 

Tickets from £20 

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Wednesday
17
September
2:15 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Prokofiev Cinderella: ballet scenes 20'
Sibelius Violin Concerto 32'
Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition 30'

Hannu Lintu conductor | Nikolaj Znaider violin

The Hallé opens the season with Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu. First come scenes from Prokofiev’s captivating ballet score, Cinderella – Prokofiev at his most accessible and melodious.

Nikolaj Znaider, a great Hallé favourite and a player described by The Strad as ‘intelligent, soulful and impassioned’, then enters for Sibelius’s wonderfully wintry Violin Concerto. Its energetic finale has been drolly described as a ‘polonaise for polar bears’!

In the second half Lintu and the Hallé provide a guided gallery tour in the form of Mussorgsky’s resplendent Pictures at an Exhibition. From its opening ‘Promenade’ to the majestic ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, it is a brilliant transformation of the visual into the musical, all the more so because of Ravel’s quite stunning orchestration.

Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11
£3 student tickets are available in the stalls.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions.
More details about booking fees can be found on The Bridgewater Hall website.

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Thursday
18
September
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Prokofiev Cinderella: ballet scenes 20'
Sibelius Violin Concerto 32'
Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition 30'

Hannu Lintu conductor | Nikolaj Znaider violin

The Hallé opens the season with Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu. First come scenes from Prokofiev’s captivating ballet score, Cinderella – Prokofiev at his most accessible and melodious.

Nikolaj Znaider, a great Hallé favourite and a player described by The Strad as ‘intelligent, soulful and impassioned’, then enters for Sibelius’s wonderfully wintry Violin Concerto. Its energetic finale has been drolly described as a ‘polonaise for polar bears’!

In the second half Lintu and the Hallé provide a guided gallery tour in the form of Mussorgsky’s resplendent Pictures at an Exhibition. From its opening ‘Promenade’ to the majestic ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, it is a brilliant transformation of the visual into the musical, all the more so because of Ravel’s quite stunning orchestration.

Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Friday
19
September
7:00 PM
City Hall
Sheffield
Sheffield - Prokofiev, Mozart and Mussorgsky

Sheffield - Prokofiev, Mozart and Mussorgsky

Prokofiev Cinderella: ballet scenes
Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C, 'Elvira Madigan'
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

Hannu Lintu conductor | Christian Ihle Hadland piano

The Hallé opens the season with Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu. Mozart's lovely Piano Concerto No.21 was used in the soundtrack to the film Elvira Madigan. Even by the standards of its composer, it is a wonderfully lyrical and moving creation. Christian Ihle Hadland, the up-and-coming Norwegian pianist, is sure to do it full justice.

In the second half Lintu and the Hallé treat us to a guided gallery tour in the form of Mussorgsky's resplendent Pictures at an Exhibition. From its opening 'Promenade' to its majestic 'Great Gave of Kiev', it is a stunning transformation of the visual into the musical, all the more so because of Ravel's vividly rendered orchestration. The concert begins with scenes from Prokofiev's enchanting ballet score, Cinderella - Prokofiev at his most accessible and melodious.

Pre-concert talk at 6pm.

Ticket prices and booking fees
Full price tickets from £15 plus booking fee
£5 tickets are available for Students and Under 18s plus booking fee

Booking fees may apply:
10% on telephone/online/credit/debit card bookings
2% on credit card when booked in person
Debit card and/or in person at box office - no charge

Saturday
20
September
7:30 PM
St George's Concert Hall
Bradford
Bradford - Prokofiev, Mozart and Mussorgsky

Bradford - Prokofiev, Mozart and Mussorgsky

Prokofiev Cinderella: ballet scenes
Mozart Piano Concerto No.21
Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

Hannu Lintu conductor | Christian Ihle Hadland piano

We're delighted to welcome our resident orchestra, the Hallé, in their first concert of the season in a sparkling programme of three definitive masterpieces. Prokofiev's delightful Cinderella music will be followed by one of Mozart's most romantic piano concertos, his Piano Concerto No. 21, known as the Elvira Madigan as it was used as the theme music for a famous Danish film in the 1970s. In the second half, Ravel's ravishing orchestration of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition with its epic finale, will provide a splendid ending to the concert.

Ticket prices and fees
Full price tickets from £13.50 plus booking and transaction fees

Online: £2.50 per ticket fee plus transaction fee of 50p.
Phone/Counter: £1 per ticket fee plus postage charge where applicable.
Full details can be found at www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/

Sunday
21
September
7:30 PM
The Bridgewater Hall
Manchester
Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Hallé: Opus One Series - Prokofiev, Sibelius and Mussorgsky

Prokofiev Cinderella: ballet scenes 20'
Sibelius Violin Concerto 32'
Mussorgsky orch. Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition 30'

Hannu Lintu conductor | Nikolaj Znaider violin

The Hallé opens the season with Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu. First come scenes from Prokofiev’s captivating ballet score, Cinderella – Prokofiev at his most accessible and melodious.

Nikolaj Znaider, a great Hallé favourite and a player described by The Strad as ‘intelligent, soulful and impassioned’, then enters for Sibelius’s wonderfully wintry Violin Concerto. Its energetic finale has been drolly described as a ‘polonaise for polar bears’!

In the second half Lintu and the Hallé provide a guided gallery tour in the form of Mussorgsky’s resplendent Pictures at an Exhibition. From its opening ‘Promenade’ to the majestic ‘Great Gate of Kiev’, it is a brilliant transformation of the visual into the musical, all the more so because of Ravel’s quite stunning orchestration.

Ticket prices and booking fees

Full price tickets from £11 + booking fee
£3 student tickets are available for many Hallé concerts. See here for more information.

If you are 26 or under PwC and the Hallé have teamed up to create the PwC Hallé Under 26 ticket. A limited number of stalls seats, usually worth up to £27, are being offered at half price.

A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. For more details about booking fees see The Bridgewater Hall website.

Saturday
27
September
7:00 PM
Cathedral
Lincoln
Lincoln - Vaughan Williams, Wagner and Tchaikovsky

Lincoln - Vaughan Williams, Wagner and Tchaikovsky

Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Wagner Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor

Sir Mark Elder conductor | Rachel Nicholls soprano

 

 
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