Mark Elder: I’m leaving the Halle

Mark Elder: I’m leaving the Halle


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2023

In an interview shown at intermission of his Finnish Radio Symphony concert last night, Sir Mark Elder said he’d be stepping down as music director of the Halle Orchestra in 18 months.

Elder, 75, will have been in charge for quarter of a century. He said: ‘I think aftr 24-25 years it’s a good moment for someone new to come.’

There has been no confirmation from UK sources.


  • simon says:

    Oh, no….

  • msc says:

    The Halle and Elder have long been my favourite team of orchestra and music director/principal conductor in Britain. But yes, 25 years is long enough for anyone.

  • Antwerp Smerle says:

    The end of a golden era for the Hallé. Sir Mark’s Verdi Requiem in Manchester last year was magnificent, profound and thrilling.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Someone else will be picking up one heck of a good Music Director.

  • dorset dick says:

    I thought this was already common knowledge

  • Del Boy says:

    When I started my adult concert life seriously about 25 years ago he had just started there, and seemed somehow slightly uncomfortable in his skin – just not yet fully ripened. Shift forward to today and he is a different conductor, and musician. He seems more relaxed, more comfortable, like he has less to prove, and the music is better. Fine musician who I have enjoyed hearing many times.

  • pjl says:

    this was made clear in the brochure for this season’s Halle concerts published May 2022

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Oh Mark, are you making way for a five-year-old Wunderkind? Please stay on.

  • Nick2 says:

    Elder will join Sir Alexander Gibson after his time with the Scottish National Orchestra as the MD of one orchestra for a quarter of a century. The days when conductors devoted anything like that amount of time with one orchestra now seem over.

    • Katie says:

      What about Elder’s predecessor (conducted the first Halle concert I ever went to, in 1958) Sir John Barbirolli (1943-1968)?

      • Barry Guerrero says:

        I believe you answered your own question when you typed 1968. Between Barbirolli and Mark Elder, there were James Loughran, S. Skrowaczewski and Kent Nagano. No will deny that Barbirolli was a very great conductor, although his time in N.Y. certainly didn’t go well. I like Nagano, but I understand his tenure in Manchester was rather rugged.

  • Bratsche Brat says:

    This is old news. Hallé musicians could have confirmed this for you quite some time ago.

  • Mark Mortimer says:

    Sir Mark Elder must be given much credit for revitalising the Halle- an orchestra in a total mess, both financially & artistically, before he took over as MD. Some great performances of English music during his time with them but I, for one, always found him, despite his considerable gifts & empathy in this repertoire, something of an over inflated pomposity on/off the podium. Bergen are welcome to him & his golden boy, Gardner.