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 2019/20 season marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven with a symphony cycle shared with the BBC Philharmonic as well as the performance of a selection of his vocal works including Christ on the Mount of Olives and the last act of Fidelio. Associate Artist mezzo-soprano Alice Coote joins the orchestra for three concerts this season: Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette which marks the completion of the orchestra’s 2019 Berlioz celebration, Bach’s B minor Mass and Mahler’s Symphony No.3. Other highlights of the Hallé’s season include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in May 2020, and the continuation of their Beyond the Score productions with Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in March 2020.
The Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition will take place in February 2020 at Hallé St Peter’s.