Sunday 20th December 2020
Broadcast from The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Watch it free on YouTube from Sunday 20 December 2020, 12pm
Available until Tuesday 19 January 2021
Hallé YouTube Channel
Alongside a host of Christmas favourites, including Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithfull, a Nutcracker Suite, Jingle Bells and Sleigh Ride, the Orchestra will also perform the children’s story Slinky Malinki’s Christmas Crackers, set to music by Tim Redmond with illustrations from the book. The concert will open with a brand new Christmas Fanfare written by Stephen Bell entitled And All the Bells on Earth Shall Ring.
Lemn Sissay, poet
Guy Garvey, vocalist
Phil Jones, narrator
Tom Redmond, narrator
Hallé Youth Choir
Hallé Children's Choir
The Hallé is delighted to announce a specially recorded Christmas Concert, free for everyone to enjoy on YouTube.
Filmed in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and conducted by Hallé Pops Maestro Stephen Bell, this magnificent performance will be available to you free from mid-day on Sunday 20 December and for up to a month afterwards. Simply visit the Hallé’s YouTube channel on the day: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHalleOfficial
You can read the programme online here:
The concert includes contributions from the entire Hallé Orchestra, its family of Choirs and special guest readers. These include Lemn Sissay reading his poem Let There Be Peace, and singer songwriter (and long-time friend of the Hallé) Guy Garvey giving his narration of The Night Before Christmas!
Brother are once again delighted to be sponsoring the Hallé Christmas Concert, and are particularly proud to do so as part of the Hallé’s first ever online season. Phil Jones, Managing Director of Brother UK has written and will read his poem A Digital Christmas as part of the festivities.
This wonderful concert is an extra special Christmas gift from Brother and the Hallé to everyone in Manchester, around the country and throughout the world. It will be available on YouTube and will be free for anyone to watch from mid-day on Sunday 20 December.
David Butcher, Chief Executive of The Hallé said:
“Brother are the Hallé’s longest serving sponsor and are amongst our most valued business supporters. We deeply appreciate Brother’s continued support for this, the Hallé’s Christmas present to everyone. It is typical of Brother and particularly of Phil Jones to go that one step further and create such a unique and appropriate message for us all. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for the whole Hallé family to thank everyone for their incredible support over the past nine months and bring some Christmas cheer to everyone however you are spending your Christmas.”
Phil Jones, Managing Director of Brother UK said:
“Researching possible readings and poems, nothing seemed to sum up the circumstances of spending so much time apart and on screens over the last nine months. Given that, I thought I’d have a go at writing something that captures the moment, so I hope that it resonates.”
Filmed in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and conducted by Hallé Pops Maestro Stephen Bell, this magnificent performance will be available to you free from mid-day on Sunday 20 December and for up to a month afterwards. Simply visit the Hallé’s YouTube channel on the day at www.youtube.com/TheHalleOfficial