Set Works Concert


Featuring set works for GCSE and A-level Music
LIVE AT The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 5 October 2021 at 13:45
And ONLINE FROM 1 November – 30 November 2021


The Hallé’s dedicated set works concert, ‘The Orchestra Through the Ages’, has been created in collaboration with teachers and music educators across the country to provide a unique resource for pupils studying GCSE and A-level music.

Conducted by Delyana Lazarova
Presented by Tom Redmond
With soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music

‘The Orchestra Through the Ages’ takes pupils on a guided tour of music from the Renaissance to the twenty first century. Featuring a number of orchestral pieces from the AQA, OCR, WJEC and Edexcel syllabi for GCSE and A-level music, the concert demonstrates the development of the symphony orchestra with a brief history and musical analysis of some key pieces.


Chapter 1: The Founding Fathers
Giovanni Gabrieli – Sonata no. XIII
Johann Sebastian Bach – VII ‘Badinerie’ from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 104 in D, ‘London’ – First movement

Chapter 2: The Prodigies
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Clarinet Concerto in A – III Finale
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A, ‘Italian’ – First movement

Chapter 3: Romantics and Nationalism
Amy Beach – Gaelic Symphony in E minor – First Movement
Sibelius – ‘Lemminkäinen Suite’, Lemminkäinen’s Return

Chapter 4: 20th Century and beyond
Zoltan Kodaly – Hary Janos: Battle and Defeat of Napoleon and Intermezzo,
Terry Riley – In C
Hans Zimmer – Pirates of the Caribbean

Live Concert features:

  • The development of the orchestra from the Renaissance to the present day
  • Concert repertoire taken from the GCSE, AS and A’Level music syllabuses of the AQA. OCR, Edexcel and Eduqas/WJEC exam boards
  • Analysis of some of the key works

Additional features with the online concert include:

  • Insights into the role of the conductor and the musical journeys of the three RNCM student soloists
  • Enjoy as a complete concert, or in bite-sized ‘chapters’ to enable learning in separate lessons
  • May be watched as many times as you like between 1st and 30th November 2021 and may be shared by the teacher with any student within the purchasing school
  • Opportunity for a variety of year groups to watch and engage, as well as pupils who play in various school ensembles



To book tickets for the LIVE CONCERT (£5.00 each, or £7.50 to include link to the additional online concert) please contact The Bridgewater Hall Box Office on 0161 907 9010 or email:


The ONLINE CONCERT will be available to watch between 1 – 30 November 2021
Cost per school £120 inc VAT (£90 ex)
Greater Manchester Schools £90 inc VAT (£75 ex)

Purchase ticket – Set Works Online Concert Autumn 2021

This concert is presented in collaboration with The Bridgewater Hall.

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