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Hallé for Youth

Hallé for Youth is the name given to the annual series of schools’ concerts performed by the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall.

Across the four concerts in the series, which usually take place in the spring term, the Orchestra plays to many thousands of young people from all over the north west. The focus of the concerts is on providing a live music experience for young people who, in most cases, have never heard a symphony orchestra before. Another key feature of Hallé for Youth is the opportunity to visit The Bridgewater Hall, one of the country’s finest concert halls.

Since 2009 the concerts have included a large screen behind the Orchestra, featuring live images of the presentation enabling all the children in the audience to see more easily the instruments of the orchestra, as well as other images appertaining to the theme and content of the programme. This development is due to the Hallé’s partnership with Stockport College and its Foundation Degree in Television Production.

The concert programme for Hallé for Youth blends music from the standard orchestral repertoire with film scores and more popular pieces with which the children may be familiar. In addition to the orchestral works, the programme also includes a song so that the whole audience can join in. The focus of the concert is mainly Key Stage 2 (7-11 years old) although, as many teachers who regularly attend these concerts have commented, there’s something for all ages. During the concert the young people learn about the four sections of the orchestra, what the different instruments of the orchestra sound like and where they are placed on the stage. The performance also covers the key elements of music, such as pitch (high and low), dynamics (loud and soft), and tempo (fast and slow). Whilst Hallé for Youth is not designed to cover all the areas of the National Curriculum for Music, the nature of the presentation and the musical content of the programme deals with most of the key points.

Every year, to accompany the schools’ concerts, Hallé Education organises a creative arts project for four selected primary schools across Greater Manchester. The content of the project is based on the theme and programme of the concerts. A Year 5/6 class from each of the schools works with two Hallé musicians to devise its own creative music piece, using one of the works included in the concert programme as a stimulus. Pupils also work with student dancers from the Northern Ballet School who choreograph a dance piece, using the same music fused with another piece chosen by the students. To increase the visual aspect of the performance, Allison Clarke, a local visual artist, visits each school to help pupils create artwork or costumes to accompany their music and dance work.

The pupils are able to perform their work on the stage of The Bridgewater Hall on two occasions – during an evening performance for families and friends and during one of the four Hallé for Youth concerts.

Hallé for Youth is generously supported by PZ Cussons, Manchester Airport, Siemens, Scapa and First TransPennine Express, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Church Burgesses Educational Foundation, Sale Mayoral Fund and Fred Nash and Carole Nash OBE.


Hallé for Youth 2017
Made in the British Isles

Hallé for Youth 2017 will be celebrating music and composers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The concerts will include Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, complete with a new script by Tom Redmond.

The concerts will take place on Tuesday 28 February – Friday 3 March 2017. They will be conducted by Jonathon Heyward and presented by Tom Redmond. All tickets will be £3.50, including accompanying adults.

Tickets are now available. Click on the following links for more details:

INSET Session for Teachers
Hallé For Youth 2017 Concert


Hallé for Youth 2016
Science, Revolution and Music

For Hallé for Youth 2016, the Hallé set a theme relating to Manchester becoming the European City of Science, the first UK city to receive this accolade. The ever-popular Tom Redmond led the audience on a journey to discover the many links between science and music, from the mathematical precision of Bach right through to the science-fiction film music of John Williams. In a Hallé first, the concerts even featured two pieces of video game music. Despite the unexpected snow on the final day, the concerts were a huge success.


Contact us

For more information about Hallé for Youth or any of our other Education projects, please contact the Education team on education@halle.co.uk