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Now Hear This 2015

Now Hear This is a lively introduction to classical music and the instruments of the orchestra for school children aged 8 to 12, with the chance to join the Hallé in making a truly sensational sound.

Thursday 25 June 2015, 2pm
All tickets: £3

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Your guides to the music, and all the instruments of the orchestra, are conductor Jamie Phillips and presenter Tom Redmond. This year's theme is 'Journey to the Stars' with the music inspired by the release of the new Star Wars film in 2015 and the theme of space travel.

Click here to see the full programme.

As with all Now Hear This concerts, young musicians have the chance to come and play with the Hallé, from those at the beginning of the learning process, including Wider Opportunities students, to more advanced players.

The Milky Way has been written for this concert by Hallé Education Director Steve Pickett and includes separate parts for players with different levels of experience. Besides the beginners' parts (Group A) there are parts for players performing at Grade 2 - 4 standard (Group B) and for those at Grade 5 and above (Group C).

The young musicians will also have the opportunity to join in with Gustav Holst's Mars: The Bringer of War from The Planets, one of the BBC's Ten Pieces for primary schools, which has been specially arranged by Steve Pickett.

Steve has also arranged two songs - Howard Shelley's Refuge and Mark and Helen Johnson's Life is a Wonderful Thing - so that everyone can sing with the Hallé in the concert. To assist with rehearsal in the classroom, the scores, parts and MP3 sound files for these, The Milky Way and Mars can be downloaded from this website.

To download scores, parts and sound files for all of the participatory pieces in Now Hear This 2015, click here

Download a full Teachers' Information Pack and booking form,
pdf icon Teachers information pack & booking form 2015 [326kb]