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Halle Orchestra's Manchester concert audience can pay what they like

Published 21/07/2015 | 10:37

The Halle Orchestra is inviting audience members at a concert in Manchester to pay what they feel it is worth
The Halle Orchestra is inviting audience members at a concert in Manchester to pay what they feel it is worth

Forget prices as high as a mezzo-soprano for a night of classical music - a concert in Manchester is inviting the audience to pay what they want.

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The Halle Orchestra will play 10 short pieces spanning 300 years of music for the Priceless Classics concert at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall in September.

It is the first time the symphony orchestra has staged an event where pre-booked free ticket-holders can pay what they think the event was worth.

Halle chief executive John Summers said: "Our concert will allow new audiences to experience the Halle and enjoy some incredible music, but on their own terms. If people have not heard the Halle's music before, this is the perfect event for them."

Audience members will also receive free programmes and can bring their own drinks.

The concert, conducted by Stephen Bell, will include pieces by Bach, Mozart, Wagner and Stravinsky.

The Halle Orchestra was founded in 1858 by Charles Halle, a pianist and conductor.

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