Come and Play with the Hallé

Come and Play with the Hallé

On Tuesday 19th June, over 1,400 young musicians from 43 Cheshire East schools made their way to Manchester's Bridgewater Hall to participate in the 2018 Come and Play with the Hallé series. In keeping with this year's dance-related theme, Strictly Hallé, the orchestra made a 'showbiz' entrance to the hall, walking amongst the young players in the Stalls on their way to the stage. For many pupils, this was the first opportunity they had to hear an orchestra live and 'in person' and the Hallé, under conductor Jonathan Heyward, certainly didn't disappoint! Music from Dvorak (Slavonic Dances), Copland (Hoedown from Rodeo) and Marquez (Danza No. 2) was included in the programme alongside two pieces which the children played alongside the orchestra (Perez Prado's Mambo Number 5 and Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker). There was also brilliant singing to be heard in the form of the energetic Ai Caramba Samba and a new song by Hallé Education Director, Steve Pickett, entitled Charleston Champions. Steve also provided an opportunity for the audience to join the orchestra in some traditional folk dancing, where we were whisked around the British Isles in under four minutes as part of his British Folk Dance set. A big thank you to all the schools and parents/families for supporting the event; once again, the quality of the playing and singing of Cheshire East children was heard and appreciated by a near-capacity audience!

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