Under its Music Director, Sir Mark Elder, the Hallé has entered a new golden era, marked by imaginatively themed programming and the successful launch of its own record label. The Hallé have received awards from BBC Music Magazine Gramophone magazine and in 2018 they won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Classical Music for their performance of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Hallé’s 2018-19 season will take them “from one landmark of the repertoire to another” as said by Hallé Music Director, Sir Mark Elder. Their season will include performances of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and The damnation of Faust which was first premiered by the Hallé in 1880. They will also perform Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra as well as some of the most important symphonies of the twentieth century: Elgar’s Symphony No.2, Shostakovich’s Symphony No.10 and Prokofiev, Nielsen and Sibelius’ Symphonies No.5. The season will conclude in May with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony.

The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will take place in February 2020 at Hallé St Peter’s.