A welcome message from our Orchestral Patron, Lesley Garrett


Bradford's International Orchestral Concert Season 2013/14
With Bradford Chamber Season

"Welcome to the 148th Bradford International Orchestral Concert Season and the 26th Chamber Season.

Thank you for your continued support. I hope you can join us again for an extra special season as St George’s Hall celebrates 160 years, having been officially opened on 29 August 1853. What better way to open the new season than with a concert from our resident orchestra, the Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder with special guest soloist, our Patron Lesley Garrett.

We know you are very passionate about St George’s Hall and the Orchestral Season, as are we here at Bradford Theatres. I encourage you once more to pass on your passion for classical music: tell your friends, neighbours and family that we offer family tickets from £20 and under 30s can experience live classical music for just £5.

I look forward to seeing you and your friends at the UK’s premiere concert hall."

With best regards
Adam Renton

General Manager Bradford Theatres

"Last year I was honoured to be asked by St George’s Hall to be Patron of the Bradford International Orchestral Season 2012/13. I am delighted that they have kindly honoured me once again by asking if I would extend my patronage to include the forthcoming season, 2013/14.

Of course I immediately said yes!

St George’s Hall in Bradford is one of the UK’s greatest concert halls and I always jump at the chance to experience its magnificent acoustic as both performer and audience member.

This year I am particularly excited to have the privilege of opening the 2013/14 season with the North of England’s pre-eminent orchestra, the Hallé; conducted by their music director and my good friend Sir Mark Elder.

I very much hope that you will join me in supporting the Bradford International Orchestral Season. The calibre of artists and orchestras and the variety of programming at St George’s Hall will take your breath away.

See you at St George’s!"

Lesley Garrett
Patron, Bradford International Orchestral Concert Season



The History

In a survey of British concert halls, St. George’s Hall was confirmed as the oldest of all operating concert halls in the UK, having opened its doors to music lovers for the first time in 1853.  Here’s what some of the world’s top conductors and soloists have had to say about our historic hall.

"Such a pleasure not only to work with a great orchestra in such a fine hall, but to receive such a warm reception.” Jonathan Brett, conductor Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra

“Marvellous hall in the heart of England with all its history!” Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

“I have had the great pleasure of performing regularly at St George’s Hall over many years and I always look forward to a return visit. I think the hall has one of the best acoustics in the country and I would describe it as a golden acoustic because it’s true, clear and wonderful to sing in.” Lesley Garrett

“A treat to perform in one of your country’s oldest halls with its great acoustic”
Terje Mikkelson, conductor Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio

“So good to perform in a hall where the acoustic is so sympathetic to the cello.  I can’t wait to play here again!” Jiri Barta, cello soloist Czech National Symphony Orchestra  


Be part of something really special...

If you want to save up to 20%, get the best seats in the house before tickets go on general sale and receive free tickets, then take out a subscription. You’ll never miss out again! As a subscriber, you enjoy can all this and more:

  • Enjoy substantial savings on Orchestral and Chamber concerts
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  • Spread your payments over seven instalments at no extra charge
  • Have first option on your seats next year
  • Invitation to the FREE recital
  • Entry into a FREE PRIZE DRAW to win two tickets and overnight accommodation.
  • Two FREE tickets for one of our classical concerts to pass on to a friend, relative or neighbour who is new to classical music as part of our Pass It On Scheme

You can download a subscription booking form here or call us on 01274 432000

New subscriptions go on sale on Monday 17 June 2013

Tickets go on general sale on Monday 1 July 2013

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Experience more...

As well as experiencing truly great live classical music in the beautiful surroundings of St George’s Hall, there’s so much more available to enhance your concert-going experience.

Join us for free pre-concert music performed by students from local schools in St George’s Restaurant and Bar area from 6.30pm.

Want to learn more about the pieces and composers you’re going to hear at that evening’s orchestral concert? Come along to one of our free pre-concert talks, starting at 6.30pm in the Gallery room.

Enjoy a delicious meal in St George’s Restaurant. Open from 5pm prior to orchestral concerts and offers a Table d’Hôte menu. Please call 01274 431052. (If answerphone in operation please leave a message.)

Following all orchestral concerts, members of the orchestra will perform an informal post-concert encore in the main bar area.

Orchestral and Chamber Concerts

Click here for the full list

Click here to view the 2012-13 Orchestral Season Brochure


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