Hallé for Youth

Hallé for Youth is the annual series of schools’ concerts performed by the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall, one of the country’s finest concert halls, which provide a live music experience for young people who, in most cases, have never heard a symphony orchestra before. Across the four concerts in the series, the orchestra plays to thousands of young people from all over the north-west. The Manchester concerts also feature performances of creative school projects based on some of the pieces being played.

The theme for the 2019 Hallé for Youth concerts will be ‘Conflict and Resolution’. Stay tuned for further details.


The concert programme blends music from the standard orchestral repertoire with film scores and more popular pieces with which the children may be familiar. During the concert the young people learn about the four sections of the orchestra, what the different instruments of the orchestra sound like and where they are placed on the stage, covering the key elements of music, such as pitch (high and low), dynamics (loud and soft), and tempo (fast and slow). In addition to the orchestral works, the programme also includes a song so that the whole audience can join in. Each concert also includes live video enabling the whole audience to see the instruments of the orchestra more easily. The Hallé is grateful to students on the Foundation Degree in Media Production course at Sheffield College who provide the technical expertise for this production.

School project

Every year, to accompany the schools’ concerts, Hallé Education organises a creative arts project for four selected primary schools across Greater Manchester. A Year 5/6 class from each of the schools works with two Hallé musicians to devise its own creative music piece, using one of the works included in the concert programme as a stimulus. As well as the music project, each school also works with student dancers from the Northern Ballet School who choreograph the stimulus piece fused with another piece chosen by the students, which is performed with artwork or costumes created with local visual artist, Allison Clarke. The pupils are able to perform their work on the stage of The Bridgewater Hall during an evening performance for families and friends and during one of the four Hallé for Youth concerts.

Hallé for Youth is generously supported by PZ Cussons, Manchester Airports Group, Siemens and Scapa, as well as The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Sale Mayoral Fund and Fred Nash and Carole Nash OBE.

Previous Hallé for Youth projects

Hallé for Youth 2018 – Back to Nature

Hallé for Youth 2018 journeyed beyond the borders of British Isles to explore the natural landscapes and environments found all across the world. Included in the concert were pieces by Sibelius, Debussy, Smetana and John Williams, as well as one of the BBC Ten Pieces ‘The A Bao A Qu’ by Mason Bates and Vaughan Williams’ famous concerto ‘The Lark Ascending’ with guest soloist Jordan Garbutt, a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. The concert also featured the return of the Halléoojamaflipaphone which played alongside the orchestra in a new piece by Education Director, Steve Pickett, ‘Elephants move in mysterious ways…’ which quoted Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Hallé Diamond Partner, PZ Cussons, once again provided each audience member with a ‘Scratch and Sniff’ card, bringing the scent of the jungle, forest and ocean into the concert hall.

Hallé for Youth 2017 – Made in the British Isles

Hallé for Youth 2017 celebrated music and composers from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The concerts included Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, complete with a new script by presenter Tom Redmond and was conducted by Jonathon Heyward. The concerts also featured a new ‘scratch and sniff’ card, generously provided by Hallé Diamond Partner, PZ Cussons, which brought the scents of Scottish shortbread, Welsh daffodils and a breath of Irish country air into the concert hall to accompany the pieces.

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 education@halle.co.uk

Photographs and videos will be taken at this concert and may include occasional shots of the audience broadcast live on a big screen in the auditorium. 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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