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Project information

Halle Come and Play

Bringing young musicians of all ages, abilities and experience to not just hear the Halle play, but to join in as well! These inspirational concerts take place in collaboration with local schools and music services. Presented by one of the Halle players, they are exhilerating and unforgettable.

We aim to work with four music services each season over 3 years

Charity information: Halle Concerts Society

Halle Concerts Society logo
  • Need


    The project builds on the success of music tuition through Wider Opportunities - but music services can struggle to provide exciting performance and ensemble opportunities for young musicians, especially those with little playing experience. As the students move to secondary school, there is a need to inspire them to continue with their playing - it is a time when many give up. Orchestral music can be dismissed as 'too hard' or seem inaccessible, we need to build our future audience.


    The Halle will work with schools & music services to provide specially arranged repertoire that allows for young people of varying standards of playing to take part. The Come & Play Concerts will give them the chance to play these pieces alongside the world class musicians of the Halle, inspiring them with a love of music that we hope will lead them to play & enjoy music throughout their lives. By showing them how it can engage, move & inspire, we create the musicians & audience of the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Work with 4 music services each year to stage a Come & Play Concert


    » Create/arrange repertoire for the children to play, to be taught via the music service staff
    » Choose a song from the Sing Up database for non-instrumentalists to learn
    » Bring all participants together for the concerts at a suitable local venue (possibly The Bridgewater Hall depending on distance).

    What success will look like

    Success will be each music service wanting to repeat the project and bringing 1500 children together to sing, play and listen to the Halle.

  • Impact


    We hope that the project will help continue the success of Wider Opportunities in encouraging young instrumentalists to continue their tuition after Primary School. We will work closely with music services to provide other quality performance opportunities and monitor the numbers of students who continue tuition and also seek to join local ensembles and orchestras.


    There is a risk that funding for local music services will be severely cut back reducing their ability to contribute to the costs. We are dealing with this by securing a corporate sponsor to contribute to some of the costs. We are also working to ensure our relationships with local music services are strong so that the project is seen as a priority for them when budgeting.


    Donors who support this project will receive copies of our newsletters with updates on this (and all our community/education projects).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £72,000 Orchestra 4 x Come & Play each year for 3 years
      £9,000 Music Purchase/hire of repertoire
      £5,000 Admin Organising & planning the concerts
      £14,000 Training Workshop sessions for music service staff

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £25,000 Guaranteed
    Anonymous £20,000 Guaranteed
    Anonymous £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Greater Manchester is in the heart of the north west, a metropolitan county of 10 individual boroughs. Manchester City has a strong business community that supports & engages with the arts. Each of the boroughs is a distinct locality and there is great diversity in social, economic & ethnic backgrounds, including pockets of significant deprivation. Music service provision across the boroughs varies considerably.


    The main beneficiaries will be the children who take part - hundreds of young instrumentalists will have the opportunity to hear and play alongside the Halle. Local teachers and music service staff will also benefit from the workshop training that forms part of the preparation for the project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Halle is synomynous with Manchester. Through our work within the North West Music Partnership (part of the Music Manifesto) we have excellent working relationships with local music services. We have a proven track record of delivering major educational projects of high artistic quality, including Come & Play concerts. Over 70% of our players take regular part in the education and community programme, which annually reaches over 30,000 people through over 50 separate projects.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Pickett

    Education Director at the Halle since 2003 since when the education programme has expanded hugely. The Come & Play concerts are his initiative.