Wednesday, 18 November 2020

From Bacewicz & Glazunov to Huw Watkins & Hannah Kendall: The Hallé on-line Winter 2020

The Hallé Winter Season 2020

The Hallé, music director Sir Mark Elder, has announced a Winter season of on-line concerts from The Hallé’s Manchester homes, The Bridgewater Hall and Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats. Commencing 3 December 2020, the nine concert season runs until 25 March 2021. The season opens with the premiere of Huw Watkins' Fanfare for the Hallé, and ends with the premiere of Watkins' Symphony No. 2. In between there will be a chance to catch the premiere of Hannah Kendall's Where is the chariot of fire?, as well as work by the poet laureate, Simon Armitage. 

Alongside repertoire by Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Ravel, Copland and more, there are less usual items, Richard Strauss' Serenade, Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto (with Jess Gillam), Bacewicz's Overture (conducted by the winner of the 2020 Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition Delyana Lazarova), and the premiere of Roderick Williams' orchestration of Butterworth's Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad.

Hallé Artist in residence, violinist Henning Kraggerud is directing a programme of music by Ole Bull, Svendson, and Halvorsen, alongside an orchestration of Grieg's Violin Sonata No. 3, Brahms Sextet No. 1 and something by Kraggerud himself.  Annabel Arden will be staging Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Announcements will soon be made about a series of chamber concerts in Hallé St Peter’s with the hope to play to a small live audience. Schools will also be able to enjoy Goddess Gaia – a 20-minute educational resource featuring animation and music by Steve Pickett performed by Hallé players, based on a story by Tony Mitton.  Detailed announcements about this and the Hallé Chamber Concert Series will be made soon.

Full details from the orchestra's website.

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