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World-famous orchestra to visit, Arts Council announces

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Stephen BellThe Hallé orchestra, led by Lyn Fletcher, is to visit the Island in June for two performances, the Isle of Man Arts Council has announced.

The world-famous orchestra, whose musical director is Sir Mark Elder CBE, will be in concert at the Villa Marina on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

The orchestra was founded by Sir Charles Hallé in 1858 and is based at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, where it performs around 70 times a year.

It also gives concerts all over the world and makes frequent TV and radio appearances.

The Hallé’s programme on the Saturday evening, from 7.30pm, will include works by Bizet, Ravel, Glinka, Falla and Rodrigo. Stephen Bell will conduct and Craig Ogden will be on guitar.

On the Sunday at 2.30pm, under the baton of Jonathon Heyward, the Heroes and Villains-themed programme will include items as varied as John Williams’ film scores and movements of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Rossini’s The William Tell Overture. The presenter will be Tom Redmond.

The Sunday concert will offer young people from the Island a unique opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra as part of the Come and Play with the Hallé initiative.

Maggie Richardson, who heads the Department of Education and Children’s Music Service, is preparing young people to take part in specially composed items alongside the Hallé’s professional musicians, with the fantastic chance to experience a rehearsal in the morning and live performance in the afternoon.

It is the Hallé’s first visit to the Island and the first time the Arts Council has brought over a professional orchestra, since 2011.

Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, Chairman of the Arts Council, said:

‘We provide our community with opportunities to engage with the arts and culture of all kinds.

‘Bringing such an esteemed orchestra as the Hallé to perform at the Villa Marina is something we are proud and pleased to do, especially as it includes the opportunity for our own young musicians to bring along their instruments and join in.

‘Thanks to sponsorship from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, PokerStars, Tower Insurance and Manx Radio, via it’s ‘In Association With’ package, we have been able to peg ticket prices at close to 2011 rates.

‘There are a variety of prices and concessions, including family tickets, but, with even the most expensive ticket being £31 and the cheapest £10.50, we hope many people will be able to access and enjoy this world-class orchestra.’

Tickets are on sale via or the ticket hotline on +44 1624 600555 from Saturday.

For information on getting involved with Come and Play with the Hallé, email or ring 01624 694598.

The Hallé is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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