Hallé Children’s Choir
Founded in 2008, the Hallé Children’s Choir is made up of over 90 children aged 8-12 (academic years 4-8) from across Greater Manchester and beyond. It offers a chance to have the very best possible introduction to singing at the highest level in a range of singing styles. Children from all walks of life are welcome to audition; all we ask is that they enjoy singing and are prepared for the challenge of developing their ability whilst having fun!
Applications for the 2022-23 season is now open:
The Hallé Children’s Choir regularly perform in the celebrated Hallé Carol Concerts in December, the Hallé Youth Ensembles matinee performance in March as well as a summer concert with the Hallé.
The Children’s Choir have performed many world premieres commissioned by the Hallé Concerts Society including Jonathan Dove’s A Brief History of Creation, Edward Gregson’s The Salamander and the Moonraker and Carl Davis’ The Last Train to Tomorrow, based on the Kindertransport of 1938-39. The Children’s Choir have also performed Mahler’s Symphony No.8 and Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust, as well as at the Just So Festival at Rode Hall.
In January 2014, the Children’s Choir took part in the television adaptation of Victoria Wood’s play That Day We Sang, aired on BBC 2 on Boxing Day 2014. After this collaboration the late great Victoria Wood became the Patron of the Hallé Children’s Choir and we are thrilled to have dedicated our rehearsal base in the Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peter’s to her.
March 2020 saw the UK arts scene stop overnight, but the Hallé Children’s Choir showed resilience and creativity in how its young members continued to sing together. Over the summer the children rehearsed Can’t we sing together! which they performed as a virtual choir on social media. September saw in-person auditions and some small, socially-distanced, group rehearsals before a return to online sessions. The children were delighted to perform in the Hallé’s virtual Christmas offering in 2020 and present filmed performances of See Me and Don’t Call Us.
Children’s Choir members were delighted when full, in-person rehearsals returned in September 2021 and preparations quickly began for the season ahead. Performances have so far included the Hallé Carol Concerts and this year will see the Children’s Choir perform in Mahler’s Third Symphony alongside Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé Orchestra and Hallé Choir, the annual Youth Ensembles Concert and a performance alongside the Hallé in June.
The Hallé Concerts Society is very grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Victoria Wood Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Zochonis Charitable Trust, PZ Cussons, Carex and many individual benefactors for their continued support of the Children’s Choir.
Hallé Children’s Choir membership is for children aged 8 to 12 years (in school years 4-8) who love singing and are prepared for the challenge of developing their ability whilst having fun!
All members are required to attend weekly rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons during term time at Hallé at St. Michael’s, Ancoats. Members receive tutoring to develop pitch, tone and sense of rhythm, and are encouraged to learn to read music, while working towards memorable performances with the Hallé and other Hallé Ensembles.
Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the choir.
For all Hallé Children’s Choir enquiries, please contact Edgar Divver on firstname.lastname@example.org.