Meet Our Sponsors


Siemens

Siemens is a leading global engineering and technology services company with over 16,000 employees in the UK alone, and a significant operation based in Manchester. The company has supported the Hallé for over 20 years and became a Diamond Partner in 2018. The partnership with Siemens is amongst the Hallé’s most varied and dynamic, and our two organisations work closely together to find new and innovative ways of linking engineering and music.

In 2017, Siemens engaged members of its Graduate Programme to develop a solution for the Hallé’s ongoing engagement of patients of the Pendine Care Home network who are suffering with dementia. Recognising that music and memory are powerful connectors, the graduates adapted a Myo armband—technology that tracks the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly interact with external digital devices. The band, when worn on a wrist or ankle, or even an item held in a patient’s hand, responds to the slightest movements of the wearer and in turn triggers changes to a soundscape, much in the way our musicians do when the residents ‘conduct’ them.

Siemens was also instrumental in the development of the Hallé’s Arts Based Training programme and in establishing the award-winning Hallé Workplace Choir Competition.

In 2019, Siemens and the Hallé expanded its partnership to launch a major new conducting competition on an international scale. The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition shines a light on Manchester and draws renewed focus on the rich musical heritage of our city from across the world. Launched in May 2019, the first iteration of the competition attracted more than 280 applications from 54 countries spanning 6 continents. At the finals in Manchester in February 2020, Delyana Lazarova was chosen from ten finalists to be the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra for three years, and will receive mentorship from the Hallé’s Music Director Sir Mark Elder CH CBE.


PZ Cussons

PZ Cussons, the Manchester-based global consumer products manufacturer and the company behind brands such as Imperial Leather, Carex and Sanctuary Spa, have supported the Hallé for a number of years. Deeply committed to the local community, PZ Cussons is keen to support the Hallé’s Core Education Programme, including the renowned Hallé for Youth schools concerts, as well as our Hallé Children’s Choir and full range of artistic and community projects across the North.
The perfumers at Seven Scent, PZ Cussons’s in-house perfumery that creates fragrance for all its products, have worked with the Hallé to create sensory learning experiences for Hallé for Youth participants. Scratch and sniff cards developed in consultation with Seven Scent fragrance designers to evoke a particular sense of place or mood have become extremely popular amongst our young concert-goers.

In early 2019, with support from PZ Cussons, the Hallé began to provide choir services to The Oasis Centre, a day centre based in East Manchester that aims to deliver a service to individuals facing extreme isolation, poverty or homelessness. Thanks to thins support, through fortnightly rehearsals, Oasis participants have found a bright spot in their day.


Brother

In 2019, Brother celebrated 30 years of consistent high-level sponsorship of the Hallé, cementing one of the most enduring business partnerships with a cultural organisation in the UK. Concerts and music sit at the heart of the partnership with a clear alliance of brands and principles, a commitment to international excellence, pride in our shared histories, and a dedication to being an integral part of the fabric of Manchester life.

Brother also continue to be one of the Hallé’s most significant education supporters, and are regular participants in Hallé Impresarios. The programme gives teenage and 6th Form students valuable insight into the world of business, testing their creativity and business acumen through a robust and highly regarded challenge.

Together, the Hallé and Brother have illustrated the value of corporate and cultural partnerships to the world and have proved that they can be enduring, robust and meaningful to both parties.


CMS

International law firm CMS has been in Manchester since 2014, and currently has around 90 people providing a wide range of corporate, real estate, disputes, construction and banking & finance advice to local, national and international clients. Previously known as Nabarro, the firm changed its name after a high profile merger with CMS Cameron McKenna and Olswang in 2017.

CMS began supporting the Halle in 2018 before becoming Major Sponsors in 2021. The increase of support from CMS, in the midst of the challenges posed by the pandemic, is testament to the strength of the partnership between the two organisations.

The support spans the range of the Hallé’s artistic output, with a particular focus on supporting the Hallé’s commitment to commissioning new music, as well as the Hallé’s performances across the North of England. In addition, CMS are supporters of the Hallé’s work in the business community in Manchester and beyond.


Edwardian Group

Edwardian Hotels is one of the UK’s most dynamic collection of luxury hotels and restaurants. Set in the finest locations across London and Manchester, they are dedicated to creating fantastic experiences for guests.

The Edwardian Group have been longstanding supporters of the Hallé, working to support visiting artists and as a partnership helping to ensure that world class soloists and conductors can perform to Manchester audiences with the Hallé.

In 2021, the Edwardian increased their support to the level of major sponsor, despite the ongoing challenges faced by the hospitality sector. Their increase in support protects our work and ensured the Hallé could return to live performance with world class programmes and performances. Additionally, The Edwardian are generous supporters of the Hallé’s London engagements.

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