Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 8:37pm

Manchester's Hallé double Gramophone award proves to be sweet music to the ears

Manchester's Hallé double Gramophone award proves to be sweet music to the ears

By Barrie White, News Correspondent

Manchester’s Hallé are celebrating after becoming the first orchestra for 15 years to celebrate a second consecutive double win at the world’s most influential classical music prizes.

The Bridgewater Hall-based orchestra won two awards at the 2011 Gramophone Awards – held in London’s prestigious Dorchester hotel last week.

The last time this feat was achieved was in 1995 and 1996 when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra won two awards in consecutive years but with the same piece of music.

However, this year’s Hallé victories – all with the music of composer Edward Elgar – are unique as both awards were given for separate pieces of music.

The double wins of 2010 and 2011 make it a rare achievement of winning a Gramophone Award three years on the bounce after The Hallé’s solitary win in 2009.

John Summers, Chief Executive at The Hallé, is delighted with the orchestra’s achievement and paid tribute to all those involved.

“To have won five Gramophone Awards in three years is a great achievement for the Hallé's players and the artists who have worked with us,” said Mr Summers.

“To have won three consecutive years in a row - with Elgar's music winning each year - is testimony to the work Mark Elder and the Orchestra have done to reconnect the audience to these extraordinary works.”

The award-winning pieces for this year where in the Choral and Contemporary categories and they were The Kingdom – released on the orchestra’s own recording label – and In darkness let me dwell, respectively.