The Hallé is awarded up to £658,000 from the second phase of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Manchester’s international symphony orchestra, the Hallé is to receive a grant as part of the second phase of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the continuing challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic, and to help prepare for a return to full-scale live concert giving. The announcement was made today by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
The announcement is fantastic news for Manchester, the North West and the many other communities around the country which the Hallé serves. We continue to be hugely grateful to all our partner local authorities, including Manchester City Council, the Greater Manchester authorities and Mayor’s office, as well as authorities in Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Blackburn and many more who we hope will continue to support our work.
Speaking about the award, Hallé Chief Executive David Butcher said:
“We are hugely thankful to the Government for this award and it is impossible to exaggerate its importance to the Hallé and our audiences and communities. These funds will allow us to plan ahead with confidence and renewed ambition, for a return to live music-making in The Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter’s, our homes in Manchester, as well as in partner venues around the country.
We have, over the past months, been able to offer a critically acclaimed series of streamed performances which have proved hugely successful with audiences at home and around the world. However we know that thousands of people are waiting patiently for this great orchestra’s return to the stage, and we will not disappoint them. We are now able to plan a phased but full recovery, and to reward our loyal and incredibly generous audiences with full-scale live concerts once more. We will shortly be making announcements about a specially curated series of socially distanced concerts from June, with further announcements about more Bridgewater Hall concerts from September.
Equally vital is our return to working with schools and the hundreds of community events we plan throughout Greater Manchester and in many cities besides. News and support like this makes the prospect of a return to a full level of activity ever more likely.
This award is of course only part of the picture. Our future recovery and success relies more than anything on the continued support shown by our sponsors, corporate supporters and trusts. Above all it relies on the support of our loyal audiences – patrons, subscribers, groups and thousands more ticket buyers – who have supported us so magnificently over the past months and without whose on-going help we cannot musically thrive and pioneer in the months and years ahead.”