HALLÉ honoured at Greater China Awards

February 25th, 2013

The Hallé was the proud winner of the China Recognition Award at the Greater China Awards, held on Friday 22nd February at the Lowry Theatre, Salford.

The Recognition award, sponsored by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is given in recognition of named individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to developing links with Greater China during 2012.

Last year the Hallé embarked on its first tour of mainland China, and teamed up with UK Trade & Investment and Manchester Airport Group to bring the Orchestra’s music to a new audience with three concerts – two in Beijing and one in Tianjin.

The tour proved a great success in helping fly the flag for Manchester, and by teaming up with UKTI and Manchester Airport, the Hallé helped promote the region’s businesses and boost relationships between the two countries.

Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment North West, said:

“The Hallé is renowned across the world and I am delighted that such an important cultural institution maintains its close relationship with the region’s business community.  The Hallé’s participation in the UKTI trade mission added a vital dimension, showcasing our rich cultural heritage, and we are delighted to present them with this award in recognition of the huge success of the tour.”

Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development for UK Trade & Investment North West, said;

“UK Trade & Investment is delighted to award the Hallé the China Recognition Award for their efforts in working with UKTI to unite culture and business to showcase the best of British during their tour to China in October 2012.”

The Hallé was founded in Manchester by Sir Charles Hallé in 1858, and gave its first concert in the city’s Free Trade Hall on 30 January of that year. Sir Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000. The Hallé performs over 70 concerts a year in The Bridgewater Hall, its Manchester home, as well as making over 40 appearances annually throughout the rest of Britain. Last season over a quarter of a million people heard the Hallé.  This is the first time the orchestra has played in China.

The award was announced at the Greater China Awards and Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday 22nd February at the Lowry Theatre in Salford.   The awards were presented by Chinese Consul General Pan Yundong and Ana Gibson from Finnair, who were supporting the awards for the 6th year. 

The awards dinner also celebrated the Year of the Snake – often seen as a year beneficial for business as people born in a snake year are known for financial success, good judgement in monetary affairs and an intuition for business negotiations.

Photo Caption:

The attached photo shows Emily Mathew (2nd right), Sponsorship Manager at the Hallé, collecting the China Recognition Award from Clive Drinkwater (Regional Director at UKTI North West), Ana Gibson (Client Manager at Finnair) and Philomena Chen (Head of Asia Pacific Development at UKTI North West)

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