Halle hires assistant from South Carolina

Don’t ever accuse Manchester of Little Englandism.

The Halle Orch’s new assistant conductor, succeeding Jamie Philips, is¬†Jonathon Heyward, from Charleston, South Carolina.

Jonathon, 23, recently won the Besancon conducting competition.

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  • And to even think of accusing Manchester of that, you’d need to be pretty spectacularly uninformed – an orchestra founded by (and named for) a German immigrant (knighted for his services to music in “little England”), whose music directors have included Hans Richter, Hamilton Harty, Kent Nagano and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, that launched the careers of Andre de Ridder and Ewa Strusinska, and whose greatest conductor was the Anglo-Italian pioneering Mahlerian John Barbirolli. Like most UK regional orchestras, the Halle’s outlook has always been gloriously diverse.

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