It was announced today that Sir Mark Elder has renewed his contract with the Hallé. This will see Sir Mark’s tenure as Music Director extend until at least 2020.

Sir Mark was first appointed in 2000 and the new agreement will make him the longest serving Music Director currently working with a major English symphony orchestra, and the only English conductor to hold such a post.

Sir Mark Elder commented:

“I am, of course, delighted to continue making music with my wonderful orchestra. The Hallé, together with its loyal audience, holds a special place in my heart, and I am excited at the thought of what we will achieve as the years go by.”

The renewal is seen as important both for the continued artistic vision and quality of performance of the Orchestra itself, but also for the broader cultural life of the city of Manchester.

Councillor Sir Richard Lees, Leader of Manchester City Council said:

“This is great news – Mark’s artistic leadership of the Hallé has taken one of Manchester’s great brands back to the very top of the UK’s artistic life and made it once again an orchestra of international renown – I am delighted that he will be part of the City’s vibrant cultural scene for many years to come”.

Since Sir Mark’s arrival, the Hallé has re-asserted itself as a major creative presence – in Manchester, nationally and abroad. The Halle CD label has won five prestigious Gramophone Awards in five years – a unique achievement. Other awards have included Best Ensemble and Best Conductor from the Royal Philharmonic Society and two South Bank Show Awards for major artistic collaborations.

In 2012 the Hallé, together with The Lowry in Salford and the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester were awarded the Manchester Theatre Award for Best Production for Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town.

Sir Mark has led the Hallé on regular tours across Europe and, for the first time, to China in 2012. His next major project with the Hallé will take place in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on Sunday 24 November, with two special performances commemorating the work of Giuseppe Verdi. 

Source: Halle Orchestra

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