With The Halle’s Prom Season set to launch, we take a look at the Halle concerts which will be taking place over the next few weeks at the Bridgewater Hall.


Dedicated to space, celestial structures and the discovery of the unknown, this afternoon’s performance features music from the big and small screens.  The concert also showcases the star talent of the Hallé Children’s Choir in Tom Cunningham’s Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock. The young singers take a journey through the solar system, starting nearest the sun and travelling outwards, singing their way past seven planets and a cosmic rock!

Holst The Planets: Mars and Jupiter
John Williams E.T.: Adventures on Earth
John Williams Music from Star Wars: Episode II
Goldsmith Star Trek I: The Motion Picture
Grainer/Gold Doctor Who
James Horner Apollo 13
Stuart Overington An Alien Called Me
Tom Cunningham Seven Planets and a Cosmic Rock

Stephen Bell conductor • Hallé Children’s Choir

Tickets – Adult (18 and over) £15 | Child (17 and under) £9
Family ticket (4 people, minimum 1 child) £35
Please note, family tickets can only be purchased through the Box Office, not online.


Magna Carta has made a long journey through time, spanning the globe by virtue of its implications and legacy. It has transcended barriers of language and the divisions of cultures and ideologies. 800 years on, the simple ideas of Freedom and Justice have become part of the genetic structure of humankind.

Conductor Stephen Bell and the full forces of the Hallé will be joined by one of the country’s leading brass bands, Foden’s Band from Sandbach.  The programme has connections with great historical empires, the Roman and the British, as well as links to famous Manchester events.

Arnold Overture: Peterloo
Walton Henry V: Suite
Andrew Duncan A Tale Of Two Empires: Cottonopolis
Walton The History of the English Speaking Peoples
Ball Resurgam
Respighi The Pines of Rome

Stephen Bell conductor • Foden’s Band

Tickets from £19
£3 student tickets available (£5 including booking fee)
Part of the national Magna Carta celebrations. Delivered in partnership with the House of Commons as part of Parliament in the Making.

SATURDAY 11 JULY, 7.30pm

Gary Williams, star of the West End’s Rat Pack joins conductor Roderick Dunk and the Hallé for an evening celebrating one of the best-selling artists of all time.  Packed with hit after toe-tappin’ hit, this concert celebrates 100 years since the birth of Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest singer of the 20th century.

The unforgettably ‘cool’ songs include:

Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Nice ‘n’ Easy, Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, The Very Thought Of You, I Won’t Dance, I Have Dreamed, Night & Day, Strangers In The Night, Swingin’ Down the Lane, I Get Along Without You Very Well, You’re Sensational, The Lady is a Tramp, You Make Me Feel So Young, My Kinda Town,  New York, New York, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, and My Way

Roderick Dunk conductor • Gary Williams vocalist

Tickets from £19

SATURDAY 18 JULY, 7.30pm

With 10 Oscars, 25 BAFTAs, the Palme d’Or at Cannes and a BAFTA Fellowship (amongst other awards), David Puttnam is certainly a film-producing legend. In this exceptional concert, David reflects on his career as he presents an evening of music taken from some of his most successful films. The Hallé, under the direction of Stephen Bell, will perform live on stage and stills from the films will be shown on the big screen. The concert also features Sacha Puttnam, David’s son, who is an accomplished film composer and pianist in his own right.

The evening will include music from Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire, The Duellists, Memphis Belle, Local Hero, The Mission, Lisztomania and many more.

David Puttnam presenter • Sacha Puttnam piano • Stephen Bell conductor

Tickets from £19


To bring the season to a close, the Hallé will celebrate in traditional rousing style with the ever-popular Last Night of the Hallé Proms! Alongside all your favourite roof-raising standards, Stephen Bell and the orchestra will also be joined by the award-winning baritone William Dazeley. Put on your glad-rags, pick up your flags and make sure you’re in good voice, then come and join the ultimate musical party.

Elgar Overture: In The South (Alassio)
Rossini Largo al factotum
Puccini Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci: Prologue
Coates London Again
Rodgers Some Enchanted Evening
Stamford Drake’s Drum
Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Arne arr. Sargent Rule, Britannia!
Parry orch. Elgar Jerusalem
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March No.1

Stephen Bell conductor • William Dazeley baritone

Tickets from £20

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The Halle Orchestra.  Image credit to Russel Hart.