Concerts for Families

Every season, the Hallé performs concerts specially designed for families.

Family Concert

The Hallé performs specially designed concerts for all the family from little Johnnie to Grandma! The concerts take place on a Sunday afternoon at 3pm and are over by 5pm. They are fun, informal and participatory. As a guide, we particularly recommend these concerts for children of primary school age, but everyone is welcome.

From 2pm, a host of local performers will fill the stunning Bridgewater Hall to entertain you before the concert, so make sure you explore the foyers from top to bottom and discover them for yourselves.

Why not get into the spirit of each concert by wearing fancy dress?

This year, the Family Concert will take place on Sunday 11 December 2016 at The Bridgewater Hall and will feature all the Christmas favourites from ‘White Christmas’ to music from ‘The Polar Express’. The concert will be conducted by Jonathon Heyward and presented by Alasdair Malloy.

On 20-21 December The Bridgewater Hall will be showing a special screening of ‘The Snowman’, accompanied live by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score. The ever popular Tom Redmond will also tell the story of Paddington Bear’s First Concert.

For more information and tickets to any of the Hallé’s Christmas events, visit the Hallé Christmas page.

Hallé Christmas Season

Early Years Performances

For the last four years, Hallé Education has staged interactive concerts for families during the autumn term. Aimed primarily at children aged 3-7, these concerts are a fantastically fun introduction to the instruments of the orchestra.


Following on from the success of Giraffes Can’t Dance and Elmer the Elephant, this autumn Hallé St Peter’s opened its doors to the latest cantata for families and young children from Education Director, Steve Pickett. This year’s performances were generously supported by the Peter Cunningham Memorial Fund and were based on the ‘Rainbow Fish’ series by Marcus Pfister, used with his kind permission. The interactive performances featured a dancer and nine Hallé musicians who, as well as playing their instruments, danced, sang and acted!

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