On Saturday 5 October 2019, Sir Mark Elder opens his new season with the Hallé conducting Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, completing their celebration of Berlioz’s music in the year which marks 150 years since his death. The orchestra are joined by Hallé Associate Artist mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, as well as the Hallé Choir and RNCM Chamber Choir.
As Hallé Associate Artist, Alice Coote will be performing with the orchestra in three concerts this season. She returns on Sunday 24 November for Bach’s B minor Mass performing alongside Mary Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy and Morgan Pearse and conducted by Sir Mark Elder, while on Thursday 7 May 2020, she will be the soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.3.
This autumn Sir Mark Elder will also be conducting Elgar’s Symphony No.1, a work that has been associated with the Hallé since they performed the world premiere in 1908. The concert’s first half combines Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune with Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite No.1 (Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 and Sunday 13 October). For the opening concert of their Thursday Series on 17 October, Sir Mark Elder is joined by James Ehnes who returns to the Hallé to perform Britten’s Violin Concerto in a programme of Weinberg’s Moldovan Rhapsody and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4.
The Hallé’s 2019/20 season opens on Thursday 19 September with Nordic artists Klaus Mäkelä and Víkingur Ólafsson making their Hallé debuts. Klaus Mäkelä will conduct the overture to Beethoven’s only ballet The Creatures of Prometheus as well as Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5, while Víkingur Ólafsson will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1.