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Associate Hallé Choir Director

Frances Cooke

In 2011 Frances Cooke was appointed Hallé Choir Director. She had previously worked with the Choir on numerous projects, including critically acclaimed performances of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, under the direction of Sir Mark Elder and Andris Nelsons. Forthcoming concerts this season, for which she will prepare the Choir, include Handel’s Messiah, the Hallé’s famous Carol Concerts, Holst’s Hymn of Jesus, Elgar’s Apostles and Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony, which draws the Hallé’s Beethoven cycle to a close in May.

As well as her role with the Hallé, Frances Cooke is Chorus Master for the St Endellion Festival in Cornwall, where she collaborated closely with the late Richard Hickox CBE on numerous choral works and operas, and Chorus Master for the Chester Festival Chorus, a post she has held for 20 years. She is a tutor for the Association of British Choral Directors and is much in demand nationally as a leader of choral workshops.

Frances Cooke read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar under the then Director of Music, John Rutter. After graduating, she studied singing with Marjorie Thomas at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed a busy career performing and recording with all the UK’s leading chamber choirs, including the Richard Hickox Singers, the BBC Singers, the Choir of the Enlightenment, The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars.


Concerts & Tickets

Buy tickets for Hallé performances

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Buy tickets and view information on performances by the Hallé in their Manchester home, the architecturally-stunning Bridgewater Hall, as well as throughout Britain and the rest of the world.

Listen & Shop

Hallé CDs, Downloads and Accessories

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The Hallé has a number of discs on its own CD label, featuring composers such as Elgar, Wagner, Colin Matthews, Debussy, Richard Strauss and other English composers. The label includes award-winning discs such as Wagner's Götterdämmerung and Elgar's Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair as soloist. The latest release is Elgar's The Apostles.

Ensembles & Choirs

Welcome to the Hallé’s family of ensembles!

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The Hallé offers a range of regular, local and free ensemble experiences for young people aged 8 –19 years. It also offers adults (aged 18+) the chance to sing in one of the best symphony choruses in the UK.

Reaching over 44,000 participants a year

The Hallé's award-winning Education Programme

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The Hallé's award-winning Education Programme reaches over 44,000 participants a year principally by placing Hallé musicians in the community, in schools, youth clubs, community centres and young offenders organisations.

Support us

Fundraising and development

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There are many ways to support the Hallé - to find out more, explore the links opposite, read about our forthcoming events or speak to a member of the development team.

About us

Find out more about the Hallé

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Now in its 155th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK's top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes; and a visionary commitment to building audiences and developing orchestral repertoire.

Your visit

More information about your night out with the Hallé

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Find out more about what to expect from a Hallé concert as well as information about the Hallé's Manchester home - The Bridgewater Hall.