Now in its 161st Season, the Hallé ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles. Featuring some challenging repertoire, its upcoming 2018-19 Season has just been unveiled. Out of an exciting range of concerts, we have made five top picks, which you can find in our guide below. From Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to Janáček’s The Glagolitic Mass, you’ll see that these programmes are brimming with landmark pieces. Many will showcase the Hallé players’ impressive virtuosity, such as the well-loved overture to Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Elsewhere, the sheer power of the Hallé’s combined ensembles is sure to thrill, as in Berlioz’s colossal The Damnation of Faust. Read about all of this and more, below.