What’s The Halle playing over the Summer?

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From Rodgers and Hammerstine to Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstances, The Halle is packing its Summer concert schedule with big hitters.

American classics, carnival specials for kids (and adults!), musicals, James Bond and the Halle Proms all feature.

So what’s The Halle performing over the Summer?

Saturday 22 June 2019, 7.30pm
Clare Teal Sings… The Great American Songbook
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
It Might As Well Be Spring  – Rodgers and Hammerstein
Always True To You – Porter
Hello, Young Lovers – Rodgers
Mambo Italiano – Merrill
Johnny One Note  – Rodgers and Hart
It’s Magic  – Cahn and Styne
Embraceable You  – Gershwin
Over The Rainbow  – Arlen
Someone To Watch Over Me  – Gershwin
Mr Paganini  – Coslow
It Don’t Mean A Thing  – Ellington
Girl Crazy: Overture  – Gershwin
Walking the Dog  – Gershwin
On A Clear Day  – Lerner
Three Preludes  – Gershwin
Conductor  – Stephen Bell
Featuring – Clare Teal, vocalist
Clare Teal and her Trio Jason Rebello, Simon Little and Ben Reynolds bring their unique style to some of the world’s best-loved melodies. Stephen Bell leads the orchestra, who star alongside Clare, as well as getting their own chance to shine.

Sunday 30 June 2019, 3pm
It’s Carival Time
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Entry of the Gladiators  – Fucík
Carnivale  – arr. Malloy
Carnival of the Animals: extracts  – Saint-Saëns
Carmen: March of the Toreadors  – Bizet
Come Follow the Band – Cy Colman
The Greatest Showman: Suite  – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul arr. Sean O’Loughlin
Alphabicycle Order  – Colin Matthews
Conductor  – Stephen Bell
Featuring – Actors from the Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre
Choir –  Hallé Children’s Choir
Follow the band, wonder at the entry of the gladiators and get set for a fun-filled afternoon of carnival music! Ringmaster Stephen Bell will march you past an array of Saint-Saens’s famous animals. We also have the chance to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hallé Children’s Choir with Alphabicycle Order.

Saturday 6 July 2019, 7.30pm
Musicals Rock
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Mamma Mia! – Overture; Medley
Flashdance – What a Feeling
Fame  – Fame
Thriller – Live on Stage – Man in the Mirror
The Bodyguard – I Will Always Love You
Grease  – Beauty School Dropout
Jersey Boys – My Eyes Adored You
Wicked  – Defying Gravity
Rent  – One Song Glory
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – I Will Survive; Go West
Rock of Ages – Final Countdown; Overture
Tommy  – Pinball Wizard
Chess  – One Night in Bangkok
Jesus Christ Superstar – I Don’t Know How to Love Him; Gethsemane
We Will Rock You – Somebody to Love
School of Rock – Where Did the Rock Go?
Conductor – Alfonso Casado Trigo
Featuring – Lauren Samuels, vocalist; Rachael Wooding, vocalist; Daniel Boys, vocalist; Jon Boydon, vocalist
Join a stellar cast of soloists and the impressive might of the Hallé (along with full rhythm section) for an evening of unforgettable rock anthems, pop legends and magical musical superhits!

Friday 12 July 2019, 6pm
Thank Halle it’s Friday!
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Beethoven – Ode To Joy from Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’
Verdi  – Dies Irae from Requiem
Haydn – The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation
Trad. arr. Mack Wilberg – Shenandoah
Bernstein – Somewhere from West Side Story
Holst – Jupiter from The Planets
John Williams – Superman
Conductor – Jonathon Heyward and Matthew Hamilton
Featuring – Tom Redmond, presenter
Choir – Hallé Choral Academy
Become part of the Hallé and sing with a whole community of singers, accompanied by the world renowned orchestra. In the final Thank Hallé it’s Friday funded by Creative Europe, we join together to celebrate uplifting classics of all shapes and sizes including the epic Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s unifying Ode to Joy. If singing with 600+ voices is not for you, then relax and listen with the audience and experience the celebratory atmosphere that is ‘Thank Hallé it’s Friday!’

Saturday 13 July 2019, 7.30pm
The Music of James Bond
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
James Bond Theme
You Only Live Twice
GoldenEye
Live and Let Die
From Russia with Love
Quantum of Solace: Another Way to Die
The World Is Not Enough
Goldfinger
A View to a Kill
Thunderball
Skyfall
For Your Eyes Only
The Spy Who Loved Me: Nobody Does It Better
Moonraker
The Living Daylights
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: We Have All the Time in the World
Spectre: Writing’s on the Wall
Licence to Kill
Diamonds Are Forever
Casino Royale: You Know My Name
Conductor – Stephen Bell
Featuring – Alison Jiear, vocalist; Matthew Ford, vocalist
The name is Bond … James Bond. Two Hallé favourites Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford return to celebrate the songs and music synonymous with the great man himself. These themes, at the heart of these wonderful movies, set the excitement, the glamour and the dashing romance that is … Bond.

Saturday 27 July 2019, 7.30pm
The Last Night of the Halle Proms
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Approximate finishing time 9.30pm
Dvorák – Carnival Overture
Dvorák – Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Puccini – La bohème: Musetta’s aria
Bizet – Carmen: extracts
Puccini – Tosca: Vissi d’arte
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances
Karl Jenkins – Palladio
Trad. – Suo Gân
Novello – We’ll Gather Lilacs
Richard Bissill – That’s Entertainment
Rodgers and Hart – With a Song in My Heart
Wood – Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Arne – Rule, Britannia!
Parry – Jerusalem
Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No.1
Conductor – Stephen Bell
Choir: Hallé Choral Academy; Ancoats Community Choir; Hallé Staff Choir
There can only be one grand finale to the Hallé’s summer concerts. Join Stephen Bell, soprano Camilla Roberts and one of the country’s finest orchestras for all your Last Night of the Hallé Proms favourites, including Rule, Britannia!, Jerusalem and Elgar’s glorious first Pomp and Circumstance March. The first half revels in a selection of grand opera arias and soaring, heart-warming melodies.

The Halle Orchestra image courtesy Russel Hart.

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