Elder, Sir Mark

Sir Mark

Sir Mark Elder is Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, and one of Britain's most successful conductors. He works regularly with the world's leading symphony orchestras, and enjoys particularly close associations with the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  He has been principal guest conductor for the CBSO, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players. Mark Elder has for many years conducted at the BBC Proms, and has twice let the internationally televised Last Night.  His other television works include films on the lives of Verdi and Donizetti.

As Music Director of the English National Opera, he led the company on successful tours of the USA and Russia, attracting international acclaim.  He appears regularly in all the major opera houses of the world, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.

In 2003 the Hallé launched it's own recording label, and the first releases, under Mark Elder's direction, have met with great critical acclaim.  He has won an Olivier award for his work at ENO, and was the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor of the Year in 2006.



Founded in Manchester by the pianist and conductor Charles Hallé in 1858, The Hallé is Britain's longest established permanent professional symphony orchestra; its conductors include such distinguished figures as Hans Richter, Sir Hamilton Harty and Sir John Barbirolli.

The Hallé's family of ensembles includes the Hallé Choir - founded alongside the orchestra in 1858 - the Hallé Youth Choir, Children's Choir and Youth Orchestra; its pioneering education programme generates over 60 projects a year.

In 1996, the Hallé moved to its new home, The Bridgewater Hall, where it presents over 70 concerts a year. Making over 40 appearances annually throughout the rest of Britain, the Hallé attracts large and enthusiastic audiences both in Manchester and beyond

Sir Mark Elder became Music Director in 2000. In 2011, the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic were awarded the South Bank Sky Arts Award for their performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony; the Hallé have previously won the South Bank Show Classical Music Award for collaborations with the BBC Philharmonic, the RNCM and the CBSO.

In 2003 the Hallé launched its own CD label: its recordings of Wagner's Götterdämmerung, and Elgar's Violin Concerto with Thomas Zehetmair have both won Gramophone Awards.

Marsh, Lynsey


Lynsey has been Principal Clarinet with the Hallé since 2001. She studied in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music with Graham Turner and Barry Gregson, both former members of the Hallé. Whilst reading music at Churchill College, Cambridge University, Lynsey was awarded the Gold Medal in the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship. As a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she studied with Joy Farrall and Thea King, and spent a further year studying privately in Paris with Pascal Moragues. Before joining the Hallé, she was a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orchestra of English National Opera.

Lynsey has given numerous concerto performances with the Hallé, including the Britten/Colin Matthews Movements for a Clarinet Concerto. As a chamber musician she has given recitals for BBC Radio 3, and appeared at festivals throughout Britain, including Aldeburgh and Cheltenham. She has also performed at the Wigmore Hall as a guest with the Nash Ensemble.

Abroad, Lynsey has performed with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Tanglewood International Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. Lynsey is a member of the Marais Ensemble, which hosts an annual festival in Potton, Bedfordshire, and Ensemble Deva which is the ensemble in residence at the Chester Music Festival. She also teaches at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.


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Phil Portus

Hallé Soloists

Hallé Soloists

The Hallé Soloists is a chamber group of great flexibility, established by Hallé leader Lyn Fletcher. All members are principal players within the orchestra who also enjoy successful chamber music and concerto careers aside from their orchestral commitments. They regularly appear at chamber music venues and festivals around the country and have a particular passion for collaborative projects, working with international artists such as Kathy Stott, Nelson Goerner, Sofya Gulyak and Andrew Tyson.


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Phillips, Jamie


Assistant Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and their youngest ever assistant conductor at 22 years old, Jamie Phillips first attracted international attention as the youngest competitor in the 2011 Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors when he reached the semi-finals whilst still a student at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music.  He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2013, conducting the Camerata Salzburg in concert with tenor Ian Bostridge.

He has recently made debut appearances with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hamburger Symphoniker, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and has conducted the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.
Phillips is Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra with whom he made  his and the orchestra's debut at The Sage Gateshead in July 2013, and they  toured together to Germany in summer 2014. He is heavily involved in many of the Hallé's education programmes and concerts; last season he conducted 14 schools concerts with the orchestra, seen by 20,000 children from across the North West. Phillips's successful time with the Hallé Orchestra has resulted in his contract as Assistant Conductor being extended until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music, and is the founder and principal conductor of the Birmingham Festival Orchestra, conducting concerts each season including repertoire such as Richard Strauss's Ein Heldeneleben and Mahler's Sixth Symphony.

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Helen Grime: Night Songs

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Lynsey Marsh clarinet
Hallé Soloists
Hallé Orchestra
Jamie Phillips conductor
Sir Mark Elder conductor


Helen Grime's Debut Disc contrasts orchestral works - including her first Hallé commission,the nocturne Near Midnight (2013) - with smaller-scale pieces featuring the Hallé Soloists. The earliest work here, Virga, is a densely-packed miniature, taking its title from precipitation which evaporates before it reaches the ground; its textures are dominated by falling cascades of woodwind droplets. Night Songs was commissioned for the 2012 BBC Proms and premiered by the BBC SO and Oliver Knussen.

Other works include Into the faded air - a string sextet titled after a line from T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets - the Clarinet Concerto, featuring Hallé principal Lynsey Marsh, and Everyone Sang - inspired by Siegfried Sassoon.







‘ … Music that is active and teems with incident while compelling in the complexity of colour, rhythm and yearning expressiveness. Her deft handling of a large orchestra is also a joy in music that seems to resonate within itself, secrets enshrined therein […] Near Midnight is singularly impressive.’ Classical Source

‘Glittery, incisive, full of leaping lines and incandescent climaxes’ Sunday Times

‘The writing is finely textured, dense but airy, ornamental but never decorative.’ The Guardian

‘Compelling works which all bear the distinctive voice of this young composer, here championed with real commitment and the Hallé (and, indeed, NMC). A strong recommendation’ Gramophone Editor’s Choice

‘Excellent performances… glistening coloristic orchestral palette and unerring sense of pacing – with strong gestures succeeded by passages of fragile delicacy and a coda that beguilingly vanishes into thin air.’ Musical America Blogs on Virga

‘Periods of calm and a more reflective mood are sustained – as opposed to the more volatile form of much contemporary music. This is her music’s greatest strength: there is a mature, appropriate balance of affects that isn’t nearly as tiring as some of the more unabashedly “modernist” music.’ American Record Guide

‘Helen Grime (b.1981) is revealed on this disc as a young composer of vivid imagination and an unerring instinct for attractive sound that is alternately brilliant and delicate, and everything interesting.' Classical Ear

‘This disc is a treat for those who look for the subtle richness of contemporary orchestral technique without avant-garde excesses’ Classical Ear

'Grime is a composer with an individual voice, a keen ear for sonority, and a craftsman-like facility' Classical Music Magazine


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With thanks to The Hinrichsen Foundation for supporting NMC’s Hallé Series through its New Initiatives programme, and to The Zochonis Charitable Trust for its support of this series.

NMC is grateful for the support of the Hallé and of Music Sales Ltd in making this recording.

Thanks to the trusts, foundations and individuals who have invested in NMC’s Debut Discs series:
The Astor Foundation
The Boltini Trust
The John S Cohen Trust
The Fenton Arts Trust
Nicholas and Judith Goodison
Mercers' Charitable Foundation
Stanley Picker Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
The Richard Thomas Foundation
RVW Trust
Jennifer Roslyn Wingate
and to the individuals who donated through The Big Give Christmas Challenge December 2011.


Night Songs and Everyone Sang were recorded on 13-15 September 2013.

COLIN MATTHEWS Recording Producer
STEVE PORTNOI Recording Engineer

A Cold Spring and the Clarinet Concerto were recorded on 6-7 December 2013; Into the faded air was recorded on 3 March 2014; and Virga and Near Midnight were recorded on 10-11 March 2014.

JEREMY HAYES Recording Producer
STEVE PORTNOI Recording Engineer

All works were recorded at Hallé St Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester.

STEVE PORTNOI Digital Editing / Mastering
COLIN MATTHEWS Executive Producer for NMC

FRANCOIS HALL Graphic design

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© 2014 NMC Recordings Ltd


Chester Novello
Catalogue number:
NMC D199
Release Date:
22 September 2014