Dvorák Festival

Throughout May the Hallé celebrates the extraordinary music of Antonín Dvorák. Many of the Czech composer’s works are some of the most popular in the world, but other masterpieces have fallen into the shadows. This will be a festival of Dvorák’s greatest achievements – both familiar and revelatory.

There will be glorious overtures, the magnificent Piano Concerto (together with the Cello Concerto and later symphonies) and a series of special presentations. These include an hour-long early evening event looking at the four tone poems inspired by Czech fairy tales. Three of these grizzly stories will be introduced by Mark Elder and the Orchestra, followed by a complete performance of the fourth, ‘The Golden Spinning Wheel’.

We will present – for the first time in Manchester – Gerard McBurney’s astonishing re-telling of the ‘New World’ Symphony and the story of its creation in ‘Beyond The Score’. Featuring Laurence Olivier Award winner Henry Goodman as Dvorák, the story is told with the Orchestra on stage throughout, with singers, actors, film and music, followed by a complete performance of this iconic symphony.

The climax of the festival is a first for the Hallé. Joined by the Hallé Choir and a cast of outstanding soloists, we will perform Dvorák’s great oratorio ‘Saint Ludmila’. This will be performed using a newly revised English translation by the renowned opera director and librettist David Pountney, and promises to be a spectacular end to a fascinating festival.

‘If anyone expressed a healthy and happy relationship to life it was he …
‘Music should always be joyful, even when it is tragic. He is a happy man who leaves such a legacy behind him.’

So wrote Martinu of the great Czech composer Dvorák. That glorious legacy is celebrated in the Hallé’s seven-part Dvorák Festival.

Book ‘Nature, Life and Love’

Nature, Life and Love
5 May 2016, 7.30pm
Tickets from £13 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Francesco Piemontesi – piano
Hallé Youth Choir

The programme includes: Moravian Duets, Piano Concerto and the three Overtures: In Nature; Othello and Carnival

Book ‘Beyond The Score, ‘New World’ Symphony’

Beyond The Score, ‘New World’ Symphony
7 May 2016, 7.30pm
Saturday 7 May 2016, 7pm
Tickets from £19 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Cast to be announced

With the Hallé on stage throughout, actors, singers and film tell the story of the ‘New World’ Symphony, followed by a complete performance

Book ‘Dvorák Symphony No.7’

Dvorák Symphony No.7
12 May 2016, 7.30pm
Thursday 12 May 2016, 7.30pm
Tickets from £13 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Gary Hoffman – cello

The programme includes: Slavonic Dances, Cello Concerto and Symphony No.7

Pre-concert performance at 6.30pm
Join the talented musicians from the RNCM who will explore the relationship between man and nature in a performance of Dvorak’s song cycles ‘Gypsy Songs’ and ‘In Folk Tune’, beautifully interweaving the themes of nature, life and love through traditional Czech poetry and folk melodies.

Book ‘Dvorák Symphony No.8’

Dvorák Symphony No.8
15 May 2016, 7.30pm
Tickets from £13 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Gary Hoffman – cello

The programme includes: Slavonic Dances, Cello Concerto and Symphony No.8

Book ‘Dvorák Symphony No.9’

Dvorák Symphony No.9
18 May 2016, 2.15pm
Tickets from £13 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Gary Hoffman – cello

The programme includes: Slavonic Dances, Cello Concerto and Symphony No.9

Book ‘The Golden Spinning Wheel’

The Golden Spinning Wheel
18 May 2016, 6pm – 7pm
All tickets £12 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor

This special hour long event features Sir Mark and the Hallé discussing the four pieces Dvorák wrote based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The Orchestra will offer musical illustrations of these beautiful miniatures, and then Sir Mark will conduct a complete performance of the last of the quartet, The Golden Spinning Wheel.

Book ‘Saint Ludmila’

Saint Ludmila
21 May 2016, 6pm
Tickets from £13 (inc. booking fee *)
Sir Mark Elder – conductor
Hallé Choir

The Hallé’s Dvorák Festival reaches a splendid conclusion with a rare performance of the composer’s great oratorio Saint Ludmila, performed here in a newly revised English translation by David Pountney. The drama describes the conversion to Christianity of Ludmila and her husband-to-be Prince Borivoj, and the ensuing triumph of Christianity over paganism throughout the Czech lands. Accordingly it is a patriotic work, one with great dramatic qualities and sharply-drawn characterisations which received rapturous applause from the audience in Leeds Town Hall at its premiere in 1886. Dvorák is one of the greatest melodists of them all and this piece has melody in abundance in the form of superb arias and rousing, Handelian choruses that will surely raise the roof of The Bridgewater Hall.

How to book

  • Online: click or tab on any of the concerts above
  • Telephone: by calling 0161 907 9000
  • In person: at The Bridgewater Hall Box Office, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS

Please note: All artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press, but may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Keep up to date at www.halle.co.uk/whats-on.

All prices and tickets including discounts and concessions, are subject to availability. Prices may change and you may only use one discount per ticket.

Everyone, including babes in arms for appropriate concerts, must have a purchased ticket. Other than for specific family concerts, we recommend that younger members of our audiences be at least of primary school age.

Flexible subscriptions

Choose 5 or more concerts in the festival and receive a 15% discount on the full price tickets. Call the box office on 0161 907 9000.

* Booking fees

The Bridgewater Hall applies a booking fee of £2 per ticket to telephone and online transactions. Tickets bought in person at the Box Office using a debit or credit card are subject to a 2% booking fee. No fee applies to tickets bought in person and paid for by cash or cheque or purchased as part of a fixed or flexible subscription.

Box office opening hours

  • Monday to Saturday 10am – 6pm (8pm on concert nights)
  • Sunday (concert nights only) 12pm – 8pm
  • Closed on non-concert Sundays

Refunds / ticket exchange

Tickets cannot be refunded, but may be exchanged subject to The Bridgewater Hall’s terms and conditions. If you are unable to attend a concert, The Bridgewater Hall will credit your account with the cost of your tickets, provided they are physically returned to the Box Office at least three working days before the concert date. This credit amount (minus a return fee of £2.20 per ticket) can then be used to purchase tickets for another concert of your choice.

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