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Hallé December 2017 Concerts at The Bridgewater Hall

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The Messiah
Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm

Conductor
John Butt

Featuring
Mhairi Lawson, Soprano
Anna Stéphany, Mezzo-soprano
Thomas Walker, Tenor
Robert Davies, Baritone
Hallé Choir

One of the great Hallé traditions is its annual performance of Handel’s iconic Messiah: the perfect way to start the lead up to Christmas. The work was first performed in 1742 and has since remained the best-loved choral work of them all. Distinguished harpsichordist, organist and conductor John Butt directs this year’s performance. The Hallé Choir will be in full-throated form in uplifting choruses such as ‘Unto us a Child is Born’ and ‘Hallelujah’, while a top line-up of soloists grace the work’s many superb arias. In fact, the performance will inspire throughout, from its opening ‘Comfort ye’ to its final ‘Amen’.

Listen on Soundcloud: Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
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Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony
Wednesday 6 December, 2.15pm
Thursday 7 December, 7.30pm
Sunday 10 December, 7.30pm

Respighi – The Fountains of Rome
Rossini – Overture: William Tell
Rachmaninov – Symphony No.2

Conductor
Carlo Rizzi

Carlo Rizzi is one of the finest conductors in the world: dynamic, energetic and insightful. He brings a programme full of colour and orchestral virtuosity. In the first half he conducts two works from his native Italy. Respighi’s The Fountains of Romevividly illustrates four of the capital’s iconic water features at different times of the day, when their beauty blends perfectly with the surroundings. No less charmingly graphic is Rossini’s William Tell Overture. It depicts dawn, a violent storm, an idyllic pastoral scene and, most famously, the cavalry galloping into view! The emotional intensity is raised after the interval by Rachmaninov’s abundantly lyrical and superbly-crafted Second Symphony.

Listen on Soundcloud: December Opus One Concert Taster (Feat. Excerpts Rossini: William Tell Overture, Respighi: The Fountains of Rome and Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2)

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The Hallé Carol Concerts
Saturday 16 December, 3pm
Sunday 17 December, 3pm
Sunday 17 December, 7.30pm

The concerts include
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Unto Us Is Born A Son, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Deck the Halls, Joy To The World, Carol of the Bells and more…

Conductor
Stephen Bell

Featuring
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir
Hallé Children’s Choir

Join the Hallé for a seasonal selection of traditional carols for orchestra, choir and audience. Come and sing some wonderful Christmas favourites, and hear the Orchestra and three choirs perform even more.

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Hallé Christmas Family Concert
Sunday 10 December, 3pm

Conductor
Tianyi Lu

Featuring
Alasdair Malloy, Presenter

Make sure you book early for this amazing afternoon of festive family fun with the Hallé. Our annual family concert is packed with sing-alongs, jingle-alongs, surprises, laughter and jaw-dropping wonder, which makes it the perfect way for the whole family to start the Christmas countdown. This seasonal selection box of a concert is so popular, even Father Christmas takes time out to attend!

There will be plenty to entertain you in the foyers before the concert and don’t forget your sleigh bells – homemade or real – so you can join in during the show. Why not get in the Christmas spirit and come dressed up? Christmas jumpers and Santa hats are welcome here!

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The Four Seasons
Friday 15 December, 7.30pm

Grieg – Holberg Suite
Svendsen – Romance for violin and orchestra
Pachelbel – Canon
Vivaldi – The Four Seasons

Conductor/Violinist
Henning Kraggerud

Henning Kraggerud, a favourite with Manchester’s music fans, directs the Hallé in a winter evening concert filled with wonderful music famous for elegant and memorable melodies. The enduring popularity of Vivaldi’s masterpiece is no accident; this quartet of brilliant concertos calls for virtuosity and imagination in equal measure.

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The Hallé Youth Orchestra
Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm

Ravel – Sheherazade Overture
Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No.3
Debussy – La Mer

Conductor
Jonathon Heyward

Featuring
Martyn Jackson, Violin

The Hallé Youth Orchestra take to The Bridgewater Hall stage with their Director, Jonathon Heyward for an evening of wonderful music.

More info and booking


The Hallé Carol Concerts
Saturday 16 December, 3pm
Sunday 17 December, 3pm
Sunday 17 December, 7.30pm

The concerts include
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Unto Us Is Born A Son, O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Deck the Halls, Joy To The World, Carol of the Bells and more…

Conductor
Stephen Bell

Featuring
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir
Hallé Children’s Choir

Join the Hallé for a seasonal selection of traditional carols for orchestra, choir and audience. Come and sing some wonderful Christmas favourites, and hear the Orchestra and three choirs perform even more.

More info and booking

The Hallé Youth Orchestra
Saturday 16 December, 7.30pm

Ravel – Sheherazade Overture
Saint-Saëns – Violin Concerto No.3
Debussy – La Mer

Conductor
Jonathon Heyward

Featuring
Martyn Jackson, Violin

The Hallé Youth Orchestra take to The Bridgewater Hall stage with their Director, Jonathon Heyward for an evening of wonderful music.

More info and booking


A Swingin’ Christmas
Thursday 21 December, 7.30pm

The concert includes
White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Man With The Bag, Let It Snow, It’s the Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Do You Hear What I Hear?

Conductor
Roderick Dunk

Featuring
Gary Williams, vocalist
Hallé Youth Training Choir
Winners of the Hallé Corporate Choir Competition

Gary Williams joins Roderick Dunk and the Hallé for a selection of swingin’, big-band inspired seasonal favourites, with toe-tappin’ arrangements guaranteed to put the cool into Christmas.

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An Evening with 007
Friday 29 December, 7.30pm

Including the themes and music from
You Only Live Twice, GoldenEye, Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, Quantum of Solace, The World Is Not Enough, Goldfinger, A View To A Kill, Thunderball, Skyfall, For Your Eyes Only, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, The Living Daylights, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Spectre, Licence To Kill, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino Royale

Conductor
Stephen Bell

Featuring
Matthew Ford, vocalist
Alison Jiear, vocalist

Smooth as a vodka martini, elegant as a tuxedo and cool as a cucumber sandwich, Stephen Bell celebrates the ultimate British hero – James Bond. Immerse yourself in the spine-tingling sounds that give musical voice to the films, in punchy title sequences and haunting songs.

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The Snowman
Friday 22 December, 1.30pm
Saturday 23 December, 11am
Saturday 23 December, 1.30pm
Saturday 23 December, 4pm

First half – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Second half – The Snowman

Conductor
Jonathon Heyward

Featuring:
Tom Redmond, presenter

Bring all the family along to the Hallé’s screening of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film, The Snowman. The film is accompanied by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s magical score live including a chorister singing ‘Walking in the Air’. A Christmas treat not to be missed. The concert begins with Ian Stephens’ orchestral take on Michael Rosen’s children’s masterpiece We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. A beautiful concert – ‘we’re not scared’!

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The Best of the West End
Saturday 30 December, 7.30pm

Including music and songs from
Chicago, The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Gypsy, Evita, Les Misérables, Love Never Dies, Chess, Guys and Dolls, Carousel

Conductor
Stephen Bell

Featuring
Anita Louise Combe, vocalist
Scott Davies, vocalist

Join us on the red carpet as we welcome West End stars Anita Louise Combe and Scott Davies for the ultimate opening night! Theatreland’s multi-award-winning showstoppers come together, for one performance only, in this special party-time celebration.

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