Key Stage 1 Concerts


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 at The Bridgewater Hall 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).


TUESDAY 21 JUNE 2022, 10.45am
WEDNESDAY 22 JUNE 2022, 10.45am

Tickets £4.00

Programme to 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 & Helen Johnson Great, Green, Google-Eyed Alien (Used by kind permission of Out of the Ark Music © CCLI Song Number 5329465)

R. Strauss (Opening) Also Sprach Zarathustra

Photographs and videos may be taken at these concerts and may include occasional shots of the audience. Some of this material may be used for promotional purposes and the Hallé asks all schools to seek the relevant consent and permissions.

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.


1.30PM – 3PM OR 4PM – 5.30PM

The cost of the INSET session is £22 and includes a Teacher’s pack.

PLEASE NOTE, THE KS1 INSET SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT HALLÉ ST PETER’S, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF and NOT at The Bridgewater Hall

Teachers are invited to come and learn how to develop creative music activities to use in the classroom based on the theme of space and aliens. The sessions are led by the Hallé’s Education Director and Schools Programme Manager. Previous musical experience is NOT required.

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.


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