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. It has received awards from BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone magazines, and in 2022 it won a South Bank Sky Arts Award for its performance of Huw Watkins’s Second Symphony, which the orchestra commissioned and premiered as part of its 2021 online season, having already won the same prize in 2018 for its performance of Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder with the BBC Philharmonic.
The orchestra's 2022/23 season at The Bridgewater Hall opens with a performance conducted by the orchestra's Assistant Conductor Delyana Lazarova and featuring Artist in Residence Dobrinka Tabakova's Concerto for Cello and Strings alongside Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.6. Highlights include Sir Mark Elder performing Strauss's Ein Heldenleben, Verdi's Messa da Requiem and Huw Watkins's Symphony No.2, with the season ending with Elgar's three oratorios performed as a trilogy. Following a sell-out season at Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats, the Hallé Chamber series will return for eight more concerts featuring Hallé musicians and special guest artists.
In March 2023 the second edition of the Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will see emerging conductors compete for a two-year post as Assistant Conductor of the Hallé, with the final round taking place at the Bridgewater Hall and open to the public for the first time.
For information on the orchestra's recordings on the Hallé CD label