On Saturday 30 January 1858, Charles Hallé, (later Sir Charles Hallé) gave the first in the series of concerts at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall. Thus, the Hallé Orchestra was born. The concert featured works by Weber, Beethoven, Mendelsohn and other well-known composers, as well as the conductor himself playing the piano. Little did anyone know that these concerts and the orchestra that he founded for them would still be going strong 160 years later to the day!
We are 160 years old today
30th January 2018