The 19th century founder of the Halle Orchestra in Manchester was also instrumental(!) in the founding of the Royal Manchester College of Music. While you may have never heard of chief professor of the pianoforte Sir Charles Halle, you might know something about a few of his friends.

Born Karl Halle in Hagen, Germany on 11 April 1819.

Studied music in Germany before moving to Paris in 1836. In 12 years there, he studied and conversed with Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, and was friends with the writers Alfred de Musset and George Sand.

He left Paris in 1848 after a revolution in the city, settling with his family in London.

Through his letters and ledgers, Halle’s life is on display at the Manchester Central Library to celebrate the 120th anniversary of his death.

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