A new generation of music makers lie at the heart of the Hallé’s newly announced 2013-14 season.

Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall will play host to nearly seventy Hallé events from September this year, with another forty around the country including the Orchestra’s acclaimed residencies in Nottingham, Sheffield, Bradford and Blackburn.

Strauss’s Voice will again bring Manchester’s orchestras together, to celebrate all thirty-nine of Richard Strauss’s orchestral songs, performed by the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata over nine concerts. The centrepiece of the series will be a joint concert, by the Hallé and the BBC, which will include a performance of the mighty Ein Alpensinfonie. Joining the three orchestras are some of the greatest singers in the world including Soile Isokoski, Inger Dam-Jensen, Hillevi Martinpelto, Anne Schwanewilms, Roderick Williams, Susan Gritton, Alexander Vinogradov and Steve Davislim.

In a season which celebrates the anniversaries of both Verdi and Britten, the Hallé continues to look forward, with two world premieres. John Casken’s Oboe Concerto is the first in a series of commissions designed to showcase the virtuosity of the Orchestra’s Principals, and Ryan Wigglesworth will conduct the premiere of his revised Violin Concerto. The Casken Oboe Concerto will be performed in a concert that also includes Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin and Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins.

Some of Britain’s most exciting young conductors will feature throughout the season, including Hallé Assistant Conductor Jamie Philips (the youngest person to hold the post), alongside two of his predecessors, Andrew Gourlay and Rory Macdonald, both now in demand across the world.

Beginning his thirteenth season as Music Director, Sir Mark Elder leads the orchestra through a series of musical landmarks. In November, Verdi’s bicentenary takes centre-stage with a distinguished cast of soloists, in an exploration of three of Verdi's last operas. Simon Boccanegra (we will perform Act I), Falstaff (Act II Scene I) and Otello (Act III), were all collaborations with Verdi’s great librettist Boito. The concert will be preceded by an hour-long specially commissioned event exploring the unique relationship between these two great artists.

Sir Mark opens the Hallé’s Thursday Series on 3 October with Britain to America, a sequence of pieces composed by Britten in 1942 for a series of NBC radio plays in the USA, and receiving their first performance together in this country. Sharing the programme is one of Shostakovich's most imposing symphonies, No. 7, the 'Leningrad'.

Choir and Orchestra combine on 29 March in another symphonic highlight, when Sir Mark Elder conducts his first performance of Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony with Roderick Williams and Katherine Broderick, and the two ensembles come together later in the season under Hallé principal guest conductor Markus Stenz for Brahms's profoundly humanistic German Requiem.

The Hallé's Opus One concerts – for over fifty years some of the Orchestra’s most popular – will now include a series of nine Wednesday afternoon concerts that launches on 25 September conducted by Sir Mark and featuring soprano Lesley Garrett in a luscious combination of Barber, Bax and Elgar.

Stephen Bell, recently appointed Associate Conductor of the Hallé Pops, conducts typically wide-ranging concerts, ranging from An Evening with James Bond (28 December) to an evening of romantic classics for Valentine's Day.

Sir Mark and the Hallé Chorus and Orchestra end the season (22 May) with one of the greatest of all symphonies: Mahler's 9th, which is prefaced by another valedictory piece of searing beauty: Nänie by Brahms.


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