Concerts for Families

The Hallé has temporarily suspended all events due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.

Please watch this space for further information on future concerts for schools.

Every year, the Hallé performs family-themed concerts based around seasonal events and popular children’s books, often with audience participation at their heart.

Christmas Family Concerts

The Hallé performs specially designed concerts for all the family, from little ones to grandparents. They are fun and informal events featuring all the seasonal favourites from White Christmas, to extracts from The Nutcracker and music from The Polar Express. The concerts involve lots of participation and singing along, and are particularly recommended for children of primary school age, though everyone is welcome.

Before the event, a host of local performers fill The Bridgewater Hall to entertain you before the concert, so make sure to explore the foyer areas from top to bottom and discover them for yourselves. Why not get into the spirit of each concert by wearing fancy dress?

The Hallé also show screenings of Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, with live orchestral accompaniment from the orchestra of Howard Blake’s magical score. The Snowman concerts also feature an interactive composition for young audiences that will have you hunting for bears, dancing with dinosaurs or taking tea with an alien species.

Early Years Performances

In previous years, Hallé Education has staged interactive concerts at Hallé St Peter’s for young families during the autumn term. Aimed primarily at children aged 3-7, these concerts are a fantastically fun introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. The pieces are based on popular children’s books and music is especially written for the performances by the Hallé Education Director. See the video below for the latest production of Rainbow Fish, based on the series by Marcus Pfister and used with his kind permission, or watch clips from Giraffes Can’t Dance and Elmer the Elephant on our YouTube channel.

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about any of our projects and how to get involved, please contact the Education team on

Photographs and videos may be taken at these events. Some of this material may be used for Hallé promotional purposes.

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