Higher Education

The Hallé has long-standing associations with the leading institutions in higher education in Manchester and the North West, offering students unique and innovative opportunities to work with a world-class orchestra, collaborate on wider education programmes and develop exciting new projects within the academic world.

The Royal Northern College of Music

The Hallé offers two professional development schemes for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Royal Northern College of Music, both of which provide opportunities to perform alongside Hallé musicians in rehearsals and concerts.

The two schemes are the String Leadership Training Scheme and the Professional Experience Scheme.

As well as these programmes, the Hallé will be offering select pupils the opportunity to perform as a soloist in our set works concert ‘The Orchestra Through The Ages’ for GCSE & A Level pupils.

For more information on these schemes, and how the Hallé is supporting the development of young musicians, please explore our Instrumental Support section.

The University of Manchester

Manchester is as synonymous with industrial and technical innovations as it is with musical culture, and the world-class partnership between the Hallé and The University of Manchester has led to unique and exciting ventures combining music and STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).


From time to time, Hallé Education provides placement opportunities for students in Higher Education. Our Adopt-a-Player programme enables four undergraduate music students to assist Hallé musicians in education outreach within Greater Manchester. Students will be paired with a Hallé musician to work with primary and secondary pupils composing their own music.

Science – The Halléoojamaflipaphone

Hallé Education has partnered with the University of Manchester’s Department of Electrical Engineering – and through them the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) – to develop a new, electronically controlled, acoustic instrument. The Halléoojamaflipaphone (shown in the video performing alongside the orchestra) contains a number of acoustic instruments, including a set of tubular bells, zither, shakers, drums, cymbals and woodblocks, all controlled from a laptop via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) and accessorised with plenty of flashing lights.

The reprogrammable element of the machine means the possible applications are unparalleled. It can perform alongside any piece of music, from Beethoven to a computer game soundtrack, and can provide the base for a creative performance, an instant soundtrack over which participants can improvise. The Halléoojamaflipaphone has applications in the concert hall, our SHINE education programme and projects with Pendine Care Homes!

A recent development is the ‘Ooji’; a smaller reprogrammable robot made of acrylic which is ideal for classroom use. The Ooji robot can be programmed to move, hitting or shaking an instrument in response to a computer program, which pupils can code using an easy to learn, visual programming language. Focusing on STEM subjects, pupils can experiment with different materials to produce an array of sounds and create their own robotic orchestra.

Science – The Robot Orchestra

The Robot Orchestra was a project led by the University of Manchester after the city was named the European City of Science 2016. The university, along with schools and Hallé major sponsor Siemens, created musical robots to form the orchestra and play alongside Hallé musicians in a special composition ‘The Robots are Coming!’ by Education Director, Steve Pickett.

Read more about the Robot Orchestra in our Special Projects section.

Science – The Great Science Share

The Great Science Share aims to increase the engagement of primary children and their school communities with science. The event is organised by the university’s Science Engineering Education Research Innovation Hub (SEERIH) following Manchester’s status as European City of Science in 2016. The Hallé has been involved both years now with an especially composed song for 2016’s event by Education Director, Steve Pickett, and in 2017 a collaboration with Dance Manchester and The Derby High School in Bury to produce the finale for the day, the ‘Great Science Groove’.

Read more about the Great Science Groove on our Education Blog.

Sheffield College

Hallé for Youth 2017 was aided for the first time by students of The Sheffield College who provided the technical production expertise for the Manchester and Sheffield concerts.

Students from the Foundation Degree in Media Production produced presentation elements and camera scripts to display live images of the orchestra and more during the event, gaining valuable experience working with a live arts production. They will be joining us again and expanding the role in the 2018 concerts.

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.

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