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The Hallé - Elgar's Enigma Variations

Bridgewater Hall in Manchester

Thursday 3rd June 2021

7:00pm til 8:15pm

Minimum Age: 10

The Hallé is back - live - at the Bridgewater Hall! The season opens with Sir Mark Elder conducting Elgar's Enigma Variations.

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The Hallé - Elgar's Enigma Variations on Thursday 3rd June 2021

Glinka Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947)
Elgar Enigma Variations

Sir Mark Elder Conductor

With its barn-storming brilliance, laced with Russian lyricism, Glinka’s overture to his Pushkin-inspired ‘magic opera’ Ruslan and Ludmilla, provides the perfect curtain-raiser to the Hallé’s Summer Season 2021.

Stravinsky, that towering figure of 20th-century music, died 50 years ago and this anniversary is marked here with his ballet Petrushka, the tale of a hapless puppet with human emotions. It starts in a blaze of brilliance evoking the St Petersburg Shrovetide Fair, but ends mysteriously with Petrushka’s theme wailing on trumpet as, chillingly, his ghost appears over the rooftops.

The opening theme of the Enigma Variations mixes melancholy and hope, encapsulating Elgar’s complex character, and at its heart are the variations enshrining his wife, Alice, and ‘Nimrod’, Augustus Jaeger, a portrait of a profound friendship, as he and Elgar discussed Beethoven quartets.

Also broadcast at from Thursday 10 June


There will be a number of new measures to make the Hallé’s concerts as safe and enjoyable as possible. These measures include:

  • socially distanced seating and face masks
  • timed entry into the building
  • no plans to have any bar and catering facilities
  • carefully managed toilet facilities


Tickets £29.50, £25.50 and £18.50 (including box office charges).
Concessions save 10%.

Anyone in full-time education £5 (including box office charges).

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