The Hallé is back! Live at The Bridgewater Hall

26th April 2021

The Hallé is delighted to announce its Summer Season of six live, socially distanced concerts in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. Each programme will be performed twice at 2.15pm and 7pm, to allow as many people as possible to hear our music live once more. Three of these concerts will also be available for digital broadcast in the same style as the orchestra’s hugely successful Winter Season.

The Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, will conduct the opening and closing programmes. Associate Pops Conductor Stephen Bell will conduct two concerts and the Hallé welcomes back the exciting Norwegian conductor Tabita Berglund and Director of the Welsh National Opera, Tomáš Hanus.

The season features some of the greatest masterpieces in the repertoire. The Hallé has long been associated with the music of Elgar, so it is fitting that his Enigma Variations opens the season under Sir Mark’s baton. Other highlights include Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Beethoven’s Seventh and Schumann’s First Symphonies, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Petrushka and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, played by Eldbjørg Hemsing.

Full details of programmes and how to book can be found at: www.halle.co.uk/summer-2021

The Hallé’s Music Director Sir Mark Elder said:

“I am thrilled and delighted to finally be able to welcome you back into The Bridgewater Hall to experience six glorious concerts in person. I can’t express how much I am looking forward to stepping onto the podium and feeling the warmth and atmosphere of a live audience once again. I would like to thank all of the Hallé’s patient and loyal supporters for their generosity over the last 15 months and I hope as many people as possible will join us in celebrating the return of this great orchestra to The Bridgewater Hall stage.”

The Hallé’s Chief Executive David Butcher said:

“Eight months ago I stepped into my role as Chief Executive of the Hallé and following our hugely successful digital Winter series, I am now delighted to announce a Summer Series of concerts for live audiences at The Bridgewater Hall. Working closely with our Bridgewater Hall partners, every care has been taken to make our audiences welcome and safe. A beautiful stage extension allows us to present a thrilling array large symphonic repertoire with concerts lasting approximately 70 minutes without interval. We are also filming three concerts to the stellar quality of the Winter Series, so our many audiences in the rest of the UK and overseas can see and hear the orchestra. Huge thanks are due to Arts Council England, the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities, Manchester City Council and our sponsors, patrons and donors – and, not least, the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, which has helped us to survive and adventure as we emerge from this terrible pandemic. We look forward with great excitement to welcoming back audiences new and old to hear the Hallé live after over a year of silence in what promises to be an emotional and highly-charged season.”