Sir Mark and Euan Shields, winner of the 2023 Siemens Hallé International Conductors Competition and Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra, share the podium to direct the combined forces of the Hallé and Hallé Youth Orchestra.

Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony is full of contrasts, with the sorrow and desolation of the first movement and the mock exuberance of the second and third, climaxing in a bombastic whirling circus of a finale. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is one of the most loved of all the classical ballets, thanks to the composer’s indisputably brilliant music which truly brings the story to life. This concert will showcase the experience of the Hallé, talent of the Youth Orchestra and the musicianship of both.

A truly memorable afternoon for both performers and audience.

The Hallé is very grateful to the Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Zochonis Charitable Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, The 29th May 1961 Charity, The Nugee Foundation, The Radcliffe Trust and many individual benefactors for their continued support of the Hallé Youth Orchestra.