Key Stage 1 Concerts

Hallé Key Stage 1 Concerts, 2020 – Alien Party on Planet Zum-Zee
Take your seats in the Hallé spaceship for a voyage into outer space, leaving earth far behind to go where no orchestra has gone before…

Join the Hallé and astronaut, Major Tom Redmond for 50 minutes of music, excitement and audience participation as we travel through outer space to a tea party on Planet Zum-Zee. The programme includes the musical adaptation of ‘Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee’ written by award-winning author Tony Mitton, with music composed by Hallé Education Director, Steve Pickett.

For all budding astronauts but particularly recommended for KS1 children (ages 5-7).

Launching from The Bridgewater Hall on:

  • Tuesday 30 June 2020, 11am
  • Thursday 02 July 2020, 11am

(doors open 45 minutes prior to concert start time)
All tickets cost £4.00 each (including accompanying adults)

Click here to download the booking form for 2020

The programme will include:
STEVE PICKETT Alien Party on Planet Zum-Zee
Based on the book ‘Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee’ by Tony Mitton by kind permission
MARK AND HELEN JOHNSON Great, Green, Google-Eyed Alien
Used by kind permission of Out of the Ark Music © CCLI Song Number 5329465
R. STRAUSS Also Sprach Zarathustra
DEBUSSY Clair de Lune

(artists and programme subject to alteration)


INSET sessions are offered to teachers attending the Hallé for Youth concerts with their class or to those who would like some inspiration for increasing music in their curriculum. These sessions explore the theme of the upcoming Hallé for Youth concerts and will help teachers to develop their own creative ideas for use in the classroom. Hallé for Youth INSET sessions run in January/February of each year.

Upcoming sessions at Hallé St Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Manchester, M4 6BF:
Wednesday 10 June 2020, 1:30pm – 3pm OR 4:00-5:30pm

Teachers are invited to come and explore this year’s Key Stage 1 concert theme of space and aliens and learn how to introduce and develop creative music activities to use in the classroom. The sessions are led by the Hallé’s Education Director and Schools Programme Manager. Previous musical experience is NOT required. The cost of the INSET is £22 which includes a Teachers’ Pack containing ideas for appropriate classroom work.

To secure a place for Hallé For Youth INSET sessions, download and return a completed booking form:
Click here for further information and booking

The Hallé’s interactive concerts for Key Stage 1 are filled with music, fun and audience participation. These 50 minute concerts have been especially created for younger audiences and offer the opportunity to experience an orchestra perform live in one of the UK’s finest concert halls. Concerts are open to school groups and are particularly suitable for ages 5-7, though all are welcome!

The concert programme blends music from the standard orchestral repertoire with specially composed music based on stories and children’s songs. During the concert pupils will be introduced to the different instruments of the orchestra and how they all work together to create a palette of different sounds, letting their imaginations soar as the orchestra creates different moods and landscapes. The concerts also feature animation and visual effects broadcast onto a large screen above the orchestra.

The 2020 Key Stage 1 concerts will feature music written by Hallé Education Director, Steve Pickett, inspired by Tony Mitton’s popular children’s book ‘Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee’, used by kind permission. Tickets for school concerts start from £4 per person. Stay tuned for further details and booking information.

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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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