Today we pop around the back of the Bridgewater Hall, home of the Hallé Orchestra, one of the two world renowned Manchester orchestras (the other being the BBC Philharmonic). The Hallé was founded in 1858 by Charles Hallé, (German born Karl Halle, 1819-1895). It is the UK's oldest symphony orchestra (and the fourth oldest in the world) and supports a choir, youth choir and a youth orchestra.
In May 1857, pianist and conductor Hallé set up an orchestra to perform at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. He then decided to continue work with the orchestra more formally, and their first concert in this guise was on 30 January 1858.