What to Expect


We look forward to welcoming you to one of the Hallé’s performances. New visitors often contact us to ask about our concerts and what they can expect. We have gathered together the most frequently asked questions and hope that you will find the information useful.

If your question is not answered here, please email us at info@halle.co.uk and we will get back to you directly.

Your safety and well-being

The safety and well-being of our audiences and players is the Hallé and The Bridgewater Hall’s first concern. In keeping with Government expectations and recommendations, we are strongly advising everyone to continue to wear face coverings, where possible. The Hall will continue its thorough cleaning regime between performances and we expect hand sanitizer will continue to be widely available. To stay fully informed of any changes or recommendations that come into effect, we urge you to consult www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/your-visit which has full and regularly updated details.

How do I book tickets?

You can book tickets online, by telephone or in person. For full details of how to book tickets click here.

What should I wear?

Anything you feel comfortable in. Lots of different people come to concerts, for lots of different reasons. For some people it’s a special occasion, perhaps a celebration, so they like to dress up. Most people just wear what they would usually wear for an evening out. There is absolutely no dress code.

When should I arrive?

Most people arrive about half an hour before the performance starts. Please check with the venue as start times for concerts can vary, from morning, lunchtime, matinees and evening performances.

Are there any rules I need to be aware of?

A few, just to make life pleasant for the musicians and other members of the audience.

  • You must turn your mobile phone completely off before you enter the hall
  • You must not photograph, video or record any part of the performance
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the building

When do I clap?

There are no rules about clapping. Most people clap at the end of a whole piece of music. Some people clap at the end of a movement within a piece of music.

How do I find out about the music?

For most of our concerts, programmes are on sale outside the auditorium. These tell you about the music you will hear, the artists performing and about the Hallé itself.

Will there be a break?

Yes, there is usually an interval about half way through the concert, which will last around twenty minutes. You can order a drink for the interval at any of the bars before the concert starts so you don’t have to queue during the interval.

Will I be let in if I’m late?

Usually, yes. However, when and where you are admitted is very strictly controlled in order that as few people as possible are disturbed. You will only be allowed in at a specific time and you may miss several items in the programme; much better to arrive in good time.

Programme changes, prices and children

All artists and programmes are correct at the time of going to press, but may change in the event of unforeseen circumstances. All prices and tickets including discounts and concessions, are subject to availability. Prices may change and you may only use one discount per ticket. For licensing reasons, everyone, including babes in arms where appropriate, is required to have a ticket. Details are also available from the Box Office. Other than for specific family concerts, we recommend that younger members of our audiences be at least of primary school age.

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