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Hallé Orchestra (Orchestra)

Founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé in 1858, the Hallé gave its first concert in the city’s Free Trade Hall on 30 January of that year. Following the death of Sir Charles Hallé, the orchestra continued to develop under the guidance of such distinguished figures as Dr Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli. Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000 and was knighted by the Queen for services to music in 2008. In November 2011, he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

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 Recording of the Week, Mark Elder conducts Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony

David listens to Mark Elder's new account of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, with Roderick Williams, Katherine Broderick and the Hallé.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams from the Hallé and Mark Elder

Following a splendid London Symphony last year, Elder and his Manchester orchestra continue a cycle which is shaping up to be one of the finest modern sets on disc with magnificent accounts of the Fifth and Eighth symphonies, with the Hallé’s horns emerging as first among equals.

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