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The Orchestra

Now in its 159th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles. With a reputation for artistic excellence, the Hallé remains determined to seek ways to enhance and refresh what it undertakes. Sir Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000.

Founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé, the Hallé gave its first concert in the Free Trade Hall on 30 January 1858. The Hallé’s distinguished history of acclaimed performances includes over 70 concerts each year in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, around 40 concerts a year around Britain, international tours, frequent broadcasts and televised performances.

Orchestra Musicians

The players in the Hallé are among the finest in the world and have come from 14 countries all over the world to work in Manchester. Many teach at the...

Principal guest conductor

Ryan Wigglesworth Still only in his early thirties, Ryan Wigglesworth has rapidly established himself as one of the foremost composer-conductors of his generation. He was recently announced as the next...

Assistant Conductor & Hallé Youth Orchestra Music Director

Jonathon Heyward One of the most exciting conductors of his generation, Jonathon Heyward will be Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra from 2016-2017. The two year appointment will involve assisting...

Associate Conductor, Hallé Pops

Stephen Bell Described in 2011 by International Record Review as "one of the most gifted younger British conductors", Stephen Bell studied at the Royal College of Music under the renowned...

Associate Composer

Helen Grime Helen Grime was born in 1981. Helen studied oboe with John Anderson and composition with Julian Anderson and Edwin Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music. She graduated...

Beyond The Score, Creative Director

Gerard McBurney Gerard McBurney is a composer, writer and deviser, working in theatre, radio, television and the concert hall. Recent projects have included collaborations with Sir Mark Elder and the...

Conductor Timeline

Principal Conductors of the Hallé * indicates permanent conductor Sir Charles Hallé * 1858-1895 Sir Charles Hallé dominated the musical life in Manchester for nearly 50 years. He is of...

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