Some conductors--or, for that matter, orchestras--have commitment issues. Not so Sir Mark Elder, one of the U.K.'s most successful maestros. His tenure leading English National Opera (the so-called "powerhouse" regime alongside Peter Jonas and David Poutney) lasted for some 14 years. And now, he has signed a contract extension with the Hallé Orchestra that will keep him at the helm of the Manchester-based ensemble until at least 2020.
Gramophone, which has been a scion of the classical music world since its establishment in 1923, has announced its latest round of awards--which, in turn, are perhaps the most-respected prizes the industry offers.
Officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, Hallé St. Peter's lies in the heart of Manchester's Ancoats Urban Village--providing rehearsal, performance and recording space for Hallé's orchestra, choir and various ensembles, as well as a home for their many community and educational projects.