Halle Orchestra opens school

The Halle Orchestra of Manchester intends to open to open a state music school in Stoke-on-Trent, it was announced today.

Pupils from seven to 19 years old will spend at least two-fifths of their time in music classes, taught by members of the Halle Orchestra and Chorus.

The pilot scheme appears to be unique a UK first.


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  • There are rumours locally here in Manchester that the Halle’s CEO, John Summers, will be taking over as the first Headmaster of the new music school. He was recently spotted at Ede & Ravenscroft in Cambridge trying on a mortar board and gown.

  • Well, it if it happens it is bound to be good. Stoke on Trent?

    London had a specialist state music school that closed down a few years ago – it was Pimlico Comprehensive and all the teachers were from the visiting orchestras et al but it wasn’t funded by an orchestra as I suspect this one in Stoke will be. Watch this space!

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