Meet Our Sponsors


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.


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.

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