Adopt-a-Player, the Hallé’s flagship education project, embraces a philosophy to music education and the arts which is based on establishing long-term relationships and encouraging direct interaction between professional musicians, young people, teachers, community leaders and parents.

The project has been conceived to introduce children, mainly from inner-city primary schools, to the Hallé by offering them the opportunity to attend a Hallé concert at The Bridgewater Hall. For many of the children this will be their first experience of attending a concert and visiting the hall, which is one of the UK’s finest music venues. Adopt-a-Player takes place each term within one of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs, involving students from a high school and three of its feeder primaries, focusing on establishing closer connections between the schools and encouraging the continuation of music during the transition from primary to secondary education.

As well as the concert visit, each school will receive several creative workshops from its ‘adopted’ player who will help the pupils create their own version of a piece they will hear at the Hallé concert. Some of our previous projects have explored Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony and ‘Vltava’ from Smetana’s suite, Má Vlast. Hallé musicians are occasionally accompanied by young musicians on the String Leadership Training Scheme and undergraduates at the University of Manchester.

Hallé Education also offers a reduced Adopt-a-Player programme called Meet-a-Musician which is ideal for individual school classes and one-off sessions.

Adopt-a-Player is generously supported by The Zochonis Charitable Trust and the Cecil Pilkington Charitable Trust.

Adopt-a-Player Summer 2018

In April and May, schools from Farnworth in Bolton treated an audience of friends, family and VIPs to a fantastic singing and playing rendition of Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger (The Mastersingers). Each school involved recreated a section of the opera using themes they had heard in the overture during the visit to the Hallé concert at The Bridgewater Hall. The culmination was hosted by Harper Green High School who opened the evening with a performance from the Harper Green Choir (who also performed at the 2018 national Music for Youth festival). Each school then performed their own compositions, linked together by interludes from a quintet of Hallé musicians.

The schools involved were The Ferns Primary Academy, St James’ CE Primary, St Gregory’s RC Primary and Harper Green High School, who adopted Nicola Clark and Sarah Ewins (violins),

Helen Peller (bassoon) and Kyle MacCorquodale (bass trombone/accordion) as well as Nathan Knight (double bass) who is enrolled on the RNCM’s String Leadership Training Scheme.

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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 this concert. Some of this material may be used for promotional purposes and the Hallé asks all schools to seek the relevant consent and permissions.

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