Important news from the Hallé: 17 March 2020, midday

17th March 2020

I am writing to you with the sad news that, bearing in mind the current situation on Coronavirus, and in the light of Government’s advice given yesterday, we have decided to cancel this Thursday’s Bridgewater Hall concert. We will be reviewing future events in the light of ongoing information and further Government advice, and will let you know as soon as we have made further decisions. You can rest assured that the health and wellbeing of our audiences, players and staff will be at the forefront of our thinking.

If you have bought tickets for Thursday’s concert or Friday’s Tea Dance, you are entitled to a refund. The Bridgewater Hall box office is, understandably, dealing with a great many queries at the moment, please bear with them.

The Hallé’s audiences are the reason we exist. The loyalty and support you have shown and continue to show is an inspiration to our players and staff and lifts us all in times like these. We will be honouring all of the contracts made with the performers for Thursday’s concert. In common with many of our colleagues around the country who have been forced to cancel concerts, we are asking you to consider supporting us at this very difficult time, by donating the cost of your tickets, and not asking for a refund. The Hallé is a charity and, with many others, will be severely affected by the crisis. If it is at all possible for you to consider this, we would be very grateful for you doing so. You can find out more about ways to support the Hallé here.

We will keep you updated the moment we have more definite information. In the meantime, and most importantly of all, look after yourselves and one another.

John Summers, Hallé Chief Executive.