Manchester’s Halle Orchestra has announced a unique ‘pay what you like’ concert to encourage people who are curious about classical music or have never heard a symphony orchestra before to hear ten short pieces spanning 300 years of music, each introduced on the Halle Big Screen.

The Halle’s Priceless Classics concert will take place on Sunday 6 September at 6pm at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Audience members will be able to come and go, bring their drinks into the concert hall, enjoy the music and then, after the concert, pay what they think the event was worth.  A free programme will also be available in the hall, offering the background to the music.

John Summers, the Hallé’s Chief Executive said, “Our concert will allow new audiences to experience the Hallé and enjoy some incredible music, but on their own terms. If people have not heard the Hallé’s music before this is the perfect event for them.”

Entry into the concert is by ticket, available from the box office or online, at no cost. After the concert people will be able to pay what they think the event was worth, for each ticket they have. The box office will be open after the event, or people can phone or go online later.

Tickets are available online at, in person from The Bridgewater Hall box office at or by calling 0161 907 9000.

The programme will consist of:

Selections from:

Bach           Suite No.3
Handel         Water Music
Mozart         Horn Concerto No.4
Beethoven   Symphony No.5
Verdi           The Force of Destiny
Wagner        Siegfried’s Funeral March
Stravinsky   The Firebird
Bartok          Concerto for Orchestra
Ligeti           Concert Romanesc
Adams         Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Stephen Bell conductor
Laurence Rogers horn

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The Halle Orchestra – image credit Russel Hart.