We've moved!

This donation page is on the old Big Give website. Please go to theBigGive.org.uk to find current campaigns and opportunities to double your donation.

If you have any queries on the changes, please email us at info@thebiggive.org.uk.

Project information

The Halle at St Peter's

To create a rehearsal venue for the Halle and its family of ensembles; a space for education & community projects that will act as a vibrant hub for the arts at the heart of the Ancoats Regeneration area and bring back into regular use a beautiful Grade II listed building.

December 2011 - December 2012

Charity information: Halle Concerts Society

Halle Concerts Society logo
  • Need


    The Halle has no base for its choral, education & youth activities. Venues vary in cost & quality & are all over Greater Manchester. Much management time & effort is spent finding venues & surmounting logistical problems of rehearsals at different sites. Our residency in The Bridgewater Hall obliges us to use the auditorium for at least 128 days a year at full commercial rates. Extra rehearsal & education related activity in the Hall costs £5,000 per day.


    St Peter's is a disused church in Ancoats, east Manchester. The Halle has a major but time-limited opportunity to deliver a newly refurbished facility & reclaim one of Manchester's most significant & beautifully preserved listed buildings. Having a dedicated, regular rehearsal venue will enhance both recruitment & retention for our ensembles. A dedicated resource will add considerably to the Halle's ability to deliver high quality education projects in an inspiring setting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring a Grade II listed building in the heart of Ancoats Urban village into vibrant, regular use.


    » Significant use by the Halle each year for orchestral & ensemble activity
    » Education activity delivered by other providers, not restricted to music
    » Small scale performances by the Halle & its ensembles & others for invited audiences
    » Corporate & community third party hires

    What success will look like

    Success will be a full programme of activity; running the building at a cost neutral position, increasing footfall in the area by an anticipated 20,500 per year.

  • Impact


    The project will bring £1m capital investment into Ancoats, bringing a Grade II listed building back into regular use. A permanent base will allow the Halle to expand its programme of activity and provide the area with a local venue for arts and community use. Success will be demonstrated through monitoring use by ourselves & other groups. In the longer term monitoring footfall, new businesses & other users in the area.


    We have a full risk log as part of our project plan. The chief risk is that we do not meet our overall fundraising target. We have dealt with this risk by breaking the project into timed phases with separate funding targets. We have also agreed to pursue a Single Stage Traditional Design approach as the most cost-effective way to proceed. With a fully complete design stage the project can progress as & when funds are available.


    Donors to this project will be able to access news of the funding campaign and later the design and build, via a dedicated area of the website. Regular bulletins will also form part of our newsletter (published 3 times a year) and sent to all supporters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

    Loading graph....
      Amount Heading Description
      £55,000 Acoustic floor Timber flooring fit for purpose
      £5,000 Fixtures/fittings Acoustic sails & seals to doors

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    St Peter's is a disused church in Ancoats, east Manchester. The project will bring over £1m capital investment into a conservation area of 50 acres receiving substantial regeneration delivered in partnership by the North West Development Agency, New East Manchester, Manchester City Council, the local community & many private developers. Ancoats was the world's first 'industrial suburb' & is being promoted for UNESCO World Heritage Site status.


    Members of the local community; current and future members of the Halle Youth Ensembles, Choir & Orchestra. Participants in the education & community programme; others arts organisations both professional and amateur.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Halle has been at the centre of Manchester's musical life since it began in 1858, making it the longest established permanent symphony orchestra in the UK. We are unique in our social reach & the sense of ownership by our public extends to all ten Greater Manchester Local Authorities & beyond. Support for our work is found across the region's diverse communities accessing people from all cultures, ages & social grades. The idea of the Halle moving into Ancoats enjoys huge local support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sir Mark Elder

    Music Director since 2000, Mark's artistic leadership has set new standards, identifying the Halle as one of the world's great orchestras.