Youth Ensembles Recruitment

We are inviting applications for the 2022-23 season of the Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir, Youth Training Choir and Children’s Choir!

Application deadline: Monday 9 May 2022

Provisional audition dates: 9, 10, 17, 18, 19 July 2022

More information on what to expect in the auditions will be provided after the application deadline.

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‘What [my daughter] has gained from being part of the Hallé cannot be put into words. It has changed her life’

‘Joining the Hallé Youth Choir has been one of the best things [my son] has ever done. Though he doesn’t always say it with his Asperger’s, it has been the making of him both musically and socially’

With weekly rehearsals in Manchester, the Hallé provides its youth members with experiences like no other. Highlights include performing throughout the year at The Bridgewater Hall, working at the highest level with professional musicians, performing alongside the Hallé Orchestra, performing across the UK and Europe on residential courses and tours and meeting like-minded young people who share their passion for music and performing.

Membership is free, however all members are invited to make a voluntary donation towards the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the ensembles. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate. Bursaries are available through an application process to help cover the costs of residential courses, tours and travel to rehearsals and concerts. The Hallé is extremely grateful for the support of the Oglesby Charitable Trust.

Highlights of Youth Ensembles membership include:

  • Regular performances at the Bridgewater Hall alongside the Hallé Orchestra.
  • Performing a diverse range of repertoire, some of which is commissioned especially for the Ensembles.
  • The opportunity to perform at renowned venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall (as part of the BBC Proms), York Minster, Royal Festival Hall and Royal Opera House.
  • Summer tours for the Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir; recent years have seen tours to Barcelona, Lake Garda, Dublin, Scotland, Rhineland and Paris.

The Youth Ensembles are frequently invited to perform at special events and previous appearances have included the National Civic Memorial Service for the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack, BBC Sport Relief alongside Snow Patrol and the television adaptation of Victoria Wood’s play That Day We Sang.

The Hallé actively welcomes applications from under-represented groups and is committed to reflecting the great diversity of Greater Manchester in all areas of its work. Our ensembles are open to all talented young musicians and we guarantee an inclusive environment where everyone can develop to their full potential.

If you require any assistance completing the application form or attending auditions, or would simply like to talk through the practicalities of involvement in the Youth Ensembles, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email:

Hallé Youth Orchestra
Sundays, 12-3pm

Offering outstanding young instrumentalists aged 13-19, who love the experience of playing in a full symphony orchestra supported by professional musicians.

Hallé Youth Choir
Sundays, 3.30-6pm

For talented young singers aged 13-19 who feel confident reading music and are passionate about singing in a choir.

Hallé Youth Training Choir
Sundays, 1-3pm

For promising young singers aged 13-15 who want to develop their musical and vocal skills in a friendly environment.

Hallé Children’s Choir
Wednesdays, 5-6.30pm

For children aged 8-12 who love singing and are prepared for the challenge of developing their ability whilst having fun!

Contact us

For all Hallé Youth Orchestra and Hallé Youth Choir enquiries, please contact Isabelle Orford on

For all Hallé Youth Training Choir and Hallé Children’s Choir enquiries, please contact Edgar Divver on

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