I’m delighted to announce the details of the Halle’s 2020-21 Winter Season. This is a particularly happy moment for me personally, having joined the wonderful Hallé family in September.
In spite of these extraordinary and unprecedented times, with concert halls currently closed and live audiences sadly excluded, we are thrilled, in association with our partners at The Bridgewater Hall and our own Hallé St. Peter’s, to be able to bring you a Winter Season of nine unique concerts. These specially curated performances will be filmed and recorded to the very highest quality for you to watch at home at your leisure.
Our Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, who has been such a leading advocate for music during this time, will conduct five concerts alongside our family of Hallé conductors and special guest artists, including Jess Gillam, Isata Kanneh-Mason, Henning Kraggerud, Roderick Williams and director Annabel Arden. Although for me nothing beats the live experience, this exciting new filmed format enables us to adventure into new ways of presenting the orchestra and enhancing the music. There is a diverse array of repertoire on offer, including large scale symphonies, concertos, string masterpieces and importantly, new works by Hannah Kendall and Huw Watkins, as well as introductions, interviews and insights from, for example, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, a long-term friend of the Hallé.
A subscription to all nine concerts costs £96, and full details of how to book are at https://www.halle.co.uk/winter-season-2020/ Single tickets are available to book at £14 per concert, should you prefer to pick and choose events, but our fully inclusive subscription series aims to offer you the best possible value. Discounted tickets for individual concerts are also available for NHS workers, those on Government benefits and those in full-time education.
The Hallé exists to play for our audiences, and the support over the past months has been an inspiration and literally kept us going. We are deeply grateful. The orchestra is beyond thrilled to be performing together once again, and we hope that you will join us for what will be an illuminating and life-enhancing series of events.
On behalf of us all here at the Hallé, thank you for your continued support.
Hallé Chief Executive