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?

There was one Family Concert in the 2015-16 season which took place on Sunday 6 December 2015 at The Bridgewater Hall. This Christmas-themed event was presented by Alasdair Malloy and conducted by the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, Jamie Phillips.

On 22-23 December 2015, the Halle staged performances of ‘Dinosaurumpus’ and ‘The Snowman’. These interactive concerts were a huge success, and similar events will be available in the 2016-17 season.

Early Years Performances

For the last three 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 is set to open its doors to the latest cantata for families and young children from Education Director Steve Pickett. This year’s performance is kindly supported by the Peter Cunningham Memorial Fund and will be based on the ‘Rainbow Fish’ series by Marcus Pfister, used with his kind permission. The interactive performance will feature a dancer and nine Hallé musicians who, as well as playing their instruments, will dance, sing and act!

The performances each last approximately 40 minutes and will take place in Hallé St Peter’s, which is a very family friendly venue. There are unisex baby changing facilities and a potty, training toilet seat and step stool for little people who need to use grown-up toilets and sinks. Hallé St Peter’s is also fully accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.


Our performance of Rainbow Fish will feature a very special appearance from Clippy the Crab who has his very own song and dance! Why don’t you make your own Clippy the Crab so you can dance along too? There are two different Clippys you can make; a simple version or a more advanced one. You can download the instructions and templates here, then simply print your template onto a piece of A4 white card and you’re ready to go!

Don’t forget to bring your Clippy the Crab along to the performance!

For instructions, download the PDFs below:

Clippy the Crab Instructions – Simple

Instructions (Simple)
Template (Simple)

Clippy the Crab Instructions – Advanced

Instructions (Advanced)
Template (Advanced)

Supported by the Peter Cunningham Memorial Fund