Concerts for Families

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

Family Concert

The Hallé performs specially designed concerts for all the family from little Johnnie to Grandma! The concerts take place on a Sunday afternoon at 3pm and are over by 5pm. They are fun, informal and participatory. As a guide, we particularly recommend these concerts for children of primary school age, but everyone is welcome.

From 2pm, a host of local performers fill the stunning 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?

Last year’s Family Concert in December featured all the Christmas favourites from ‘White Christmas’ to music from ‘The Polar Express’, conducted by Jonathon Heyward and presented by Alasdair Malloy. The Bridgewater Hall also showed a special screening of Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman”, accompanied live by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score, and the ever popular Tom Redmond captured imaginations as he narrated the story of Paddington Bear’s First Concert.

Early Years Performances

For the last four years, Hallé Education has staged interactive concerts for 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.

Rainbow Fish

Following on from the success of Giraffes Can’t Dance and Elmer the Elephant, this autumn Hallé St Peter’s opened its doors to the latest cantata for families and young children from Education Director, Steve Pickett. This year’s performances were generously supported by the Peter Cunningham Memorial Fund and were based on the ‘Rainbow Fish’ series by Marcus Pfister, used with his kind permission. The interactive performances featured a dancer and nine Hallé musicians who, as well as playing their instruments, danced, sang and acted!

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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