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Hallé Youth Orchestra

The Hallé Youth Orchestra, established in 2002, offers talented young instrumentalists aged 13-19 years the chance to experience playing in a full symphony orchestra supported by professional musicians.

Since its creation the Youth Orchestra has participated in many exciting projects, including a three-year ‘Stage Players’ project and performance at the Royal Opera House in London, performing in the Manchester International Festival for Victoria Wood’s comedy musical, That Day We Sang in 2011 at the Manchester Opera House, and most recently joining the Hallé’s recent collaboration with the Kinchasa Symphony Orchestra and Choir in September 2014. The Youth Orchestra also perform at least three times a year in the Bridgewater Hall including a ‘side-by-side’ event with the Hallé.

The Hallé Youth Orchestra meets regularly on Sunday afternoons during autumn and spring terms and tours regularly each year, alternating between UK and Europe. In August 2016 the Youth Orchestra will tour together with the Youth Choir to Dublin.

The Hallé Youth Orchestra is generously supported by the Oglesby Charitable Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation and The Radcliffe Trust. The Hallé is very grateful to Help Musicians UK and many individual benefactors for their continued support of the Youth Orchestra.


Join us

Hallé Youth Orchestra membership is for outstanding young musicians aged 13 to 19 years and of Associated Board grade 8 standard or equivalent, who love orchestral music and the buzz of contributing to a large orchestra. Full members take part in rehearsals and concerts during term-time and in other training activities including residential courses and tours. Members are expected to commit to rehearsals on Sunday afternoons in Manchester during the autumn and spring terms from September 2016. There are no activities during the study leave period of May and June. Youth Orchestra members are also expected to attend a residential course and/or tour during the summer holidays of 2017.

Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the orchestra. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate.

Limited bursaries are available through an application process to help cover the costs of residential courses, tours and travel to rehearsals and concerts. The Hallé is grateful to the Oglesby Charitable Trust for the bursary fund.

We have now finished recruiting for the 2016-17 season. Details will be posted here of how to join for 2017-18 in early 2017.


Contact us

For all Hallé Youth Orchestra enquiries, please contact Youth Ensembles Administrator, Isabelle Orford, on isabelle.orford@halle.co.uk or call 0161 907 9056.


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