Sir Charles Hallé founded the Hallé Choir alongside the Orchestra in 1858. The Choir gives around 15 concerts a year with the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall and other venues across the UK. It appears with internationally renowned conductors and soloists in concerts and recordings, performing an exciting and varied programme of major choral and operatic works.
The Hallé Choir gives performances of familiar repertoire as well as enjoying a reputation for tackling more unusual works. Highlights from recent years include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Colin Matthews’s Aftertones, Holst’s Hymn of Jesus and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Acclaimed performances this season have included Verdi’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria in addition to the annual Messiah and carol concerts. In July it performs Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic.
Since 2003 the Hallé Choir has featured regularly on the Hallé’s own CD label which has won numerous awards, including the 2009, 2011 and 2013 Gramophone Choral Awards and the 2010 Gramophone Opera Award.
The Hallé Choir is made up of 160 singers from all over the North-West of England and from all walks of life. Meeting to rehearse regularly in Manchester, the Choir offers a range of activities, including individual vocal coaching, sectional and full choir rehearsals, as well as social events.
Join us FAQ
Where and when are rehearsals held?
The choir rehearses on a Wednesday evening from 6.45pm – 9.15pm at our rehearsal venue, Hallé St. Peter’s, in Ancoats. Occasionally additional rehearsals are scheduled on another evening, this is especially true in the week of the concert.
What is the commitment involved in being a member?
We expect an 80% minimum attendance from our members, for each concert and overall during the season. We have an option of a ‘leave of absence’ period of a few months if necessary for any reason, without the need to re-audition to rejoin.
How do I join?
We have a rolling programme of auditions throughout the season. If you would like to register your interest for an audition or for further information, please contact the Hallé Choir Administrator.
When are the next audition dates?
The next audition date is 12 July 2016.
What would I have to do for an audition?
Auditions last around 10 minutes, and you would be asked to sing:
- A piece of your own choice lasting no more than 3 minutes. This should be a piece that you know well and feel confident singing, and can be either a solo piece or part of a choral work. We will provide an accompanist for you
- Vocal range exercises, ear and responsiveness tests
- A short piece of accompanied sight reading
What does membership cost?
There is a suggested annual membership donation – currently £12 per month (£6 for concessions). All other costs such as vocal coaching, rehearsal, concert and music costs are provided.
Do I need to be able to read music?
As we have a limited amount of rehearsal time for each project, it is necessary for all Choir members to be able to read music.
May I observe or sing in a rehearsal before I audition?
We strongly encourage prospective new members to attend a rehearsal, either to observe or sing with the Choir, and thereby experience the Choir before deciding whether or not to audition. Please contact the Hallé Choir Administratior to register your interest.
If you would like to find out how to join the Hallé Choir or for any further details, please contact Jo Pink, Hallé Choir Administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 907 9031.