Hallé Choir

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Hallé Choir
OriginManchester, England
Founded1858 (161 years ago)
FounderSir Charles Hallé
Music directorSir Mark Elder
ChoirmasterMatthew Hamilton
Concert hallBridgewater Hall, Manchester
Associated groupsThe Hallé

The Hallé Choir is a large symphonic chorus of around 170 singers based in Manchester, England.[1] It was founded as Manchester Choral Society[2] alongside the Hallé Orchestra in 1858 by Sir Charles Hallé.[3] The choir gives around twenty concerts a year with The Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall and other venues across the UK. Appearing with international conductors and soloists in concert and recordings, the choir performs a repertoire of major choral and operatic works ranging from mainstream pieces to more esoteric pieces and commissions.[1]

Recent Hallé Choir Directors have included James Burton, Frances Cooke and Madeleine Venner.[4] The current Hallé Choir Director is Matthew Hamilton.[5]


Notable Recordings[edit]

Since the launch of the Hallé record label in 2003[9] the choir has appeared on a number of recordings including Holst's Hymn of Jesus (Hallé, 2013)[10], Delius' Sea Drift (Hallé, 2013)[10], Matthews' Aftertones (Hallé, 2014)[11], Vaughan-Williams' A Sea Symphony (Hallé, 2015)[12] and Elgar's Spirit of England (Hallé, 2017)[13]. The Hallé have also won a number of awards for recordings featuring the Hallé Choir:

Award Winning Hallé Choir Recordings
Year of Recording Composer Work Orchestra Conductor Label Awards
2009 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius Hallé Mark Elder Hallé Gramophone Award Best Choral Recording[14]
2010 Wagner Götterdämmerung Hallé Mark Elder Hallé Gramophone Award Best Opera Recording[15]
2011 Elgar The Kingdom Hallé Mark Elder Hallé Gramophone Award Best Choral Recording[16]
2013 Elgar The Apostles Hallé Mark Elder Hallé Gramophone Award Best Choral Recording[17]

BBC Music Magazine Choral Award

BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year[18]


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  2. ^ Beale, Robert (2007). Charles Hallé: A Musical Life. Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6137-5.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Michael (1982). The Halle, 1858-1983 (1. publ. ed.). Manchester University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-7190-0921-1.
  4. ^ "Hallé Choir Director". Hallé Choir. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Hallé Orchestra - Matthew Hamilton".
  6. ^ "about". matthew hamilton. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  7. ^ "Founding Conductor | SGCO". Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  8. ^ "James Burton (Counter-tenor, Choral Conductor) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  9. ^ "Labels". Chandos Records. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  10. ^ a b "The Hymn of Jesus; Sea Drift & Cynara Album". Hallé Orchestra. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  11. ^ "Colin Matthews No Man's Land Album". Hallé Orchestra. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  12. ^ "Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony Album". Hallé Orchestra. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  13. ^ "For the Fallen Album". Hallé Orchestra. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  14. ^ "Choral". www.gramophone.co.uk. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  15. ^ "Opera". www.gramophone.co.uk. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  16. ^ "Choral". www.gramophone.co.uk. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  17. ^ "Choral". www.gramophone.co.uk. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2019-07-14.
  18. ^ "The Winners 2013 | Classical-Music.com". www.classical-music.com. Retrieved 2019-07-14.