The Hallé's Award Winning Education Programme was established in 1989 and has now grown to the point where it generates in excess of 60 projects a year, reaching more than 44,000 people in various parts of the community from nurseries, schools, special needs centres and prisons to youth clubs and the elderly. The Education Programme complements the Hallé's annual schedule of concerts and is central to the Orchestra's artistic strategy.
The aim of Hallé Education is to firmly establish the Hallé as a valuable and highly responsive resource for all members of the community in and around Manchester. Its strategy aims to develop high quality music-making, starting with the needs of children and young people, to ensure that inspirational music is reaching large numbers of participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, principally by placing musicians into the wider community to compose and perform music alongside project participants.
One of Hallé Education’s most exciting and successful initiatives is its annual series of concerts for schools, entitled Hallé for Youth. Each year these specially themed concerts provide an introduction to live classical music for schoolchildren throughout Greater Manchester and the North West.
Another highlight of its programme is the series of ‘Come and Play with the Hallé’ concerts, which involves the orchestra performing with thousands of primary-aged children who are engaged with the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching Programme, and provides children from within a local authority an opportunity to take part in a musical performance with a live symphony orchestra.