School trip to Halle
Come and Play with the Hallé is a unique series of concerts specially designed to offer thousands of children on the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme the opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra, both at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and in other national centres.
The Come and Play concerts present especially composed works which enable collaboration between the world-class musicians of the Hallé and young instrumentalists at the start of their musical journey. Arrangements and original material by Hallé Education Director, Steve Pickett, for the professional players and young people to share are presented alongside orchestral blockbusters ranging from film scores to famous classics. The children, therefore, experience the power of a symphony orchestra at first hand, as well as being a part of it.
In any one concert as many as 1,200 children play and a further 1,000 sing with the Hallé and annually the orchestra performs with approximately 20,000 young musicians every year. Local authority music service staff are directly involved in preparing and presenting the concerts, both in helping the children prepare their parts in advance of the concert and by facilitating the event itself.
The Hallé’s Education Programme exists to create a wider enjoyment and understanding of music in all sectors of the community, especially those who do not traditionally come to the concert hall, by providing a range of unique opportunities to participate in music and other creative art forms.
The Hallé is an Arts Award Supporter and their education programme provides opportunities for schools and individuals working towards Arts Award and Artsmark qualifications.
Founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé, the Hallé gave its first concert in the Free Trade Hall on 30 January 1858. The Hallé’s distinguished history of acclaimed performances includes over 70 concerts each year in The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, around 40 concerts a year around Britain, international tours, frequent broadcasts and televised performances.
The players in the Hallé are among the finest in the world and have come from 14 countries all over the world to work in Manchester. Many teach at the Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music and other UK wide specialist Conservatoires and schools, playing and teaching in the wider community. All are involved in the Hallé’s concerts in the UK and overseas and are central to our huge community and outreach programme.