The city's symphony orchestra The Hallé celebrates the musical heritage of the Free Trade Hall building
Manchester’s symphony orchestra The Hallé has recorded a new musical arrangement, which includes covers of Oasis, The Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan. Listen to it above.
The piece was recorded with the aim of showcasing the artists who have played at the city’s Free Trade Hall, which opened in 1856, and has seen performances from the Bee Gees and Abba, right through to Oasis in the ’90s.
The building is now home to the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, which has named 24 of its suites after the musical names who have played at the venue, including Shirley Bassey, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry and David Bowie.
John Summers, Hallé Chief Executive said in a statement: “We have striven for 156 years to be a cultural ambassador for Manchester wherever we perform, and we are delighted to be reminded of our long and affectionate relationship with the Free Trade Hall.”
He added that the piece “has taken inspiration from composers such as Elgar and Rachmaninov as well as modern day Mancunian greats such as Oasis, Elbow and The Smiths, to great effect.”
The full list of songs used in the arrangement is as follows:
Weber Der Freischutz Overture
Queen, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Bob Dylan, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’
Shirley Bassey, ‘Hey Big Spender’
Rachmaninov 18th Variation on a theme of Paganini
Sex Pistols, ‘Anarchy in the UK’
The Smiths, ‘There is a light that never goes out’
Bee Gees, ‘How can you mend a broken heart’
Elbow, ‘One Day like This’
Elgar, Enigma Variations 2 and 4
Oasis, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’
Take That, ‘Rule the World’
Sibelius, Symphony No.2 Finale
ABBA, ‘Thank You For The Music’