Hallé for Youth


Hallé for Youth 2018 – Back to Nature

6 – 9 March 2018, 10.45am, at The Bridgewater Hall

This year’s series of Hallé for Youth concerts takes us ‘Back to Nature’, as we explore the planet’s ecosystems and wildlife through the sounds of an orchestra! The programme, featuring several works from the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, will guide us through the Scandinavian tundra, the African savannah, the expansive oceans and even some extra-terrestrial forests.

Highlights of this year’s concerts will include the usual ‘scratch and sniff’ cards, provided by Hallé diamond partner PZ Cussons, to let our senses guide our imaginations around the world. There will also be an appearance from the famous Halléoojamaflipaphone performing with the orchestra as you’ve never heard before!

Our seasoned guide through the wilderness will be the inimitable Tom Redmond, and we will be welcoming Johann Stuckenbruck to conduct the series. We will also welcome talented soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music as well as students from the Foundation Degree in Media Production at Sheffield College who will be capturing close-up views of the orchestra to display throughout the concert.

Once again our Education Director, Steve Pickett, will be delivering an INSET session to explore this year’s theme and help teachers to develop creative ideas for use in the classroom. There is a choice of two dates:

Tuesday 23 January 2018, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 1 February 2018, 4.30pm – 6.30pm
To be held at Hallé at St Michael’s in Ancoats, M4 5DG

Booking information

For further details, please refer to our brochure that you can download here:

Halle for Youth 2018 Brochure (PDF)

To book tickets and INSET sessions, please contact Claire Hanson at The Bridgewater Hall Box Office:

By email: claire.hanson@bridgewater-hall.co.uk
By telephone: 0161 907 9010


About 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 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. Since 2009 the concerts have included live video enabling all the children in the audience to see the instruments of the orchestra more easily. The Hallé are delighted to partner with the Foundation Degree in Media Production at Sheffield College who currently provide the technical expertise for these events.

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. Each school is also visited by local visual artist, Allison Clarke, to help pupils create artwork or costumes to accompany their music. Pupils also work with student dancers from the Northern Ballet School who choreograph a dance piece, using the same music fused with another piece chosen by the students. The pupils are able to perform their work on the stage of The Bridgewater Hall on two occasions – 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, Church Burgesses Educational Foundation, Sale Mayoral Fund and Fred Nash and Carole Nash OBE.


Previous Hallé for Youth projects

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 conducted by Jonathon Heyward. The concert 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.

Hallé for Youth 2016 – Science, Revolution and Music

For Hallé for Youth 2016, the Hallé set a theme relating to Manchester becoming the European City of Science, the first UK city to receive this accolade. The ever-popular Tom Redmond led the audience on a journey to discover the many links between science and music, from the mathematical precision of Bach right through to the science-fiction film music of John Williams. In a Hallé first, the concerts even featured two pieces of video game music. Despite the unexpected snow on the final day, the concerts were a huge success.


Contact us

For more information about Hallé for Youth or any of our other Education projects, please contact the Education team on education@halle.co.uk


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