Hallé Choir

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Hallé Choir
Choir
OriginManchester, England
Founded1858 (161 years ago)
FounderSir Charles Hallé
GenreClassical
Music directorSir Mark Elder
ChoirmasterMatthew Hamilton
Concert hallBridgewater Hall, Manchester
Associated groupsThe Hallé
Websitewww.halle.co.uk/halle-choir/

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]

Conductors[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About us". Hallé Choir. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  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.