World Famous Hallé Orchestra to Return to the Island

The Halle under the direction of Sir Mark Elder
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Following the success of the 2011 performance of the Hallé Orchestra the Isle of Man Arts Council have once again invited the Halle Orchestra to join us on the Isle of Man for a weekend of live, world acclaimed performances.

 The Hallé, a world famous orchestra gave their first performance on Saturday 30th January 1858 and are now celebrating their 159th season.

 The Halle’s concert home in Manchester is the magnificent Bridgewater Hall. Considered as having one of the greatest acoustics in Europe, the hall offers a comfortable, friendly atmosphere where you can eat, drink and enjoy world class music. The Bridgewater Hall also stages special pre-concert events, where audiences get to enjoy their surroundings in a sophisticated manner. The Hallé have two other smaller venues in Ancoats, the historic former industrial heart of the city which is close the Northern Quarter.

The current Music Director for the Halle Orchestra is Sir Mark Elder CBE. Sir Mark Elder has been Music Director of the Hallé since September 2000. He was Music Director of English National Opera (1979–93), Principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1992–5) and Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (1989–94). He has also held positions as Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players. Although Sir Mark Elder will not be directing the Halle on this occasion will be conducted by Jonathon Hayward and Stephen Bell under the Leadership of Lyn Fletcher.

The Hallé will be returning to the island to play to audiences at the Villa Marina, Douglas on the Saturday 17th June and Sunday 18th June this year!


Saturdays Performance   

The Hallé  will be performing two concerts in mid-June of this year. The first concert on Saturday 17th June 2017 will include works by Bizet, Ravel, Glinka, Falla and Rodrigo.

Conducting the first performance at the Villa Marina will be, Stephen Bell. Stephen Bell was described in 2011 by International Record Review as ‘one of the most gifted younger British conductors,’ he studied at the Royal College of Music under the renowned conductor Norman Del Mar.

 Saturdays performance will also include a solo piece from Craig Ogden. Craig, an Australian born guitarist  is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a   Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. We are delighted to announce that Craig will be performing with the Hallé here on the Island this year.                                                                                                                      

Sundays Come and Play Session

The second performance on Sunday 18th June will be a collection of themes pieces under the title of “Heroes & Villains”. The performance will include pieces ranging from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet to film scores penned by John Williams.

In addition to the main performance, Sunday concert will offer people from the Island the  unique opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra as part of the ‘Come and Play with the Hallé’ initiative.

Sunday’s performance will be conducted by Jonathon Heyward who is currently assistant conductor of  the Hallé. Originally  a cellist, Jonathon studied at The Boston Conservatory in the class of  Andrew Altenbach. Between 2012 and 2014 Jonathon occupied the  position of Assistant Conductor  for the conservatory’s opera department and Boston Opera Collaborative.


More information about the Hallé can be found on their website at:

Tickets for their Isle of Man performances can be found online at    

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