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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’).

How do I find out about the music?
For most of our concerts, programmes are on sale at various points. 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 if you would like to, 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.

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.