What to expect
We look forward to welcoming you to one of the Hallé’s performances. New visitors often contact us to ask about our concerts and what they can expect. We have gathered together the most frequently asked questions and hope that you will find the information useful.
If your question is not answered here, please email us at info[AT]halle[DOT]co[DOT]uk and we will get back to you directly.
What should I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable in. Lots of different people come to concerts, for lots of different reasons. For some people it’s a special occasion, perhaps a celebration, so they like to dress up. Most people just wear what they would usually wear for an evening out. There is absolutely no dress code.
When should I arrive?
Most people arrive about half an hour before the performance starts. Most evening classical concerts begin at 7.30pm but please check with the venue as they can vary.
Are there any rules I need to be aware of?
A few, just to make life pleasant for the musicians and other members of the audience.
- You must turn your mobile phone completely off before you enter the hall.
- You must not photograph, video or record any part of the performance.
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building.
When do I clap?
This is a very common question for our classical concerts, it’s not really an issue for our film, television or Broadway events, when everyone usually claps at the end of each number. For classical concerts people usually wait until the whole work is finished (a whole symphony, for example, can include three or four separate pieces of music, called ‘movements’, between which the orchestra will pause for a few seconds).
How do I find out about the music?
For most of our concerts, programmes are on sale outside the auditorium. These tell you about the music you will hear, the artists performing and about the Hallé itself.
Will there be a break?
Yes, there is usually an interval about half way through the concert, which will last around twenty minutes. You can order a drink for the interval at any of the bars before the concert starts so you don’t have to queue during the interval.
Will I be let in if I’m late?
Usually, yes. However, when and where you are admitted is very strictly controlled in order that as few people as possible are disturbed. You will only be allowed in at a specific time and you may miss several items in the programme; much better to arrive in good time.