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Hallé Ensembles complements the work of Hallé Education in developing highquality music-making for gifted and talented young people of ages 8 - 19 from a wide variety of backgrounds.
There are four permanent ensembles


Hallé Ensembles
The Bridgewater Hall
M1 5HA

0161 237 7000
Head of Ensembles
Naomi Benn

Youth Ensembles Administrator Vicki Forrester


Hallé Youth Orchestra: A symphony orchestra for young musicians aged 13 to 19 years.
Rehearses weekly in term-time from September to April, with an intensive summer course each July. Membership is free and by an annual audition.
Full Membership is for outstanding musicians of Associated Board Grade 8 standard or equivalent.
Associate Membership is offered to promising musicians of Associated Board Grade 6 or equivalent, Associate Members participate in some of the Orchestra's activities.

Preference is given to those musicians not in full-time music education.
The Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra is the Hallé Assistant Conductor, currently Jamie Phillips.
The Hallé Youth Orchestra has toured to Italy and Prague and in 2011 provided the orchestral accompaniment to 'That Day we Sang', a play by Victoria Wood,
premiered in Manchester as part of Manchester International Festival.

HalléYouth Choir: is aimed at talented young singers aged 13 to 19 years. Directed by Richard Wilberforce it is an SATB ensemble rehearsing weekly in term time from September - April each year, with an intensive summer course each July. Membership is free and by annual audition. Since its creation the Youth Choir has performed an extremely diverse range of repertoire performing alongside the Hallé and Hallé Choir in performances as part of the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London, and recording Elbow's latest album 'build a rocket boys!' with the award-winning band in autumn 2010, as well as touring to Italy and Belgium

Hallé Youth Training Choir: offers promising young singers aged 12 to 16 a chance to develop their musicianship in a non-pressured training environment.
Repertoire is selected to support their musical Choir.
The Training Choir offers a bridge between the Hallé Children's Choir and full membership
of the Youth Choir. Its directorship is shared between Stuart Overington and Ben McKee.

Hallé Children's Choir: is for young singers aged 8 to 12 years (academic years 4 to 8). It offers the very best introduction to singing at the highest level. The Children's Choir Director is Shirley Court, who is known nationally for her ability to motivate and inspire young singers, and is co-author of the best-selling Singing Sherlock books. This year the Choir performed in the world premiere of Carl Davis' Last Train to Tomorrow at The Bridgewater Hall in June and a number of other new works are being written especially for it.
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