The dazzling sounds, smells and sights of Christmas are in the air, and as the big day draws nearer it brings us almost as much joy as Father Christmas himself to see that Manchester’s award-winning symphony orchestra, the Hallé, has another wonderful programme lined up for families of all ages to experience. The Hallé Family Christmas Concerts at the Bridgewater Hall feature an eclectic mix of events, including The Hallé Christmas Family Concert: ‘Bash and the Missing Merry Melody’, The Snowman and The Magical Music of Harry Potter.
First up, on Sunday 12 December is the Hallé Family Christmas Concert: ‘Bash and the Missing Merry Melody’, which invites children to a melodic morning of Christmassy joy. The concert will be conducted by Delyana Lazarova, presented by Lucy Tuck and will include themes from much-loved Christmas and family favourites, including the films Elf and E.T., ‘Trepak’ from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride and many more. Santa’s Chief Elf, Bash, has got a huge problem – mean trolls have stolen the ‘merry melody’ that Santa needs to create his Christmas magic. Everyone knows that no Christmas melody means no TOYS, and as the countdown to Christmas begins, it’s up to you, children of Manchester, to help rescue Christmas! Together with Santa’s favourite orchestra, the Hallé, you’ll go on a quest to find the horn, drum and dance that will save the day.
And if you thought you couldn’t get any more in the Christmas spirit, on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December, it’s time to put your Christmas jumpers on and join conductor Ben Palmer and presenter Tom Redmond for The Snowman and Hairy Maclary, where you can expect to be enthralled as the Hallé performs Howard Blake’s magical score live. Families will enjoy the well-known and much loved ‘Walking in the Air’ delivered by a live chorister, while watching everyone’s favourite The Snowman as it plays on a big screen. You and your family will also get to experience the Hallé playing alongside the story of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, as the loveable canine goes ‘out of the gate and off for a walk’ on an exciting adventure.
On Thursday 30 December, wizards, witches and muggles are invited to join the Hallé, conductor Stephen Bell and presenter Jerome Dowling for The Magical Music of Harry Potter, celebrating the world-renowned story of the most famous wizard. The Hallé will dazzle audiences with music from the films – Hedwig’s Theme, Quidditch, Dobby the House Elf, Aunt Marge’s Waltz, Death of Cedric, The Weasley Stomp and Leaving Hogwarts. Cloaks and wands are optional and we recommend you practice your ‘Expecto patronum’ and ‘Expelliarmus!’ spells… just in case.
So, for a festive season you won’t forget, book your tickets for the Hallé Family Christmas Concerts at Bridgewater Hall, by clicking the ‘Book Now’ link below.