Press release dated: 20th July 2018.
Manchester symphony orchestra, the Halle and Trustees of the Victoria Wood Foundation are delighted to announce that the Halle’s fundraising for the new building at Halle St Peter’s has been completed with a generous gift from the Victoria Wood Foundation.
Work is currently underway for the new three-storey extension at Halle St Peter’s, a deconsecrated church is the heart of Ancoats. The new building will be known as The Oglesby Centre, in recognition of a significant gift from the Oglesby Charitable Trust, and will provide a brand new façade to the building, which will front onto Cutting Room Square. The new building will provide a much more welcoming approach, and much needed additional facilities including a café and kitchen, large new rehearsal space, education workshop facilities, individual practice spaces, and improved facilities for the Halle’s musicians and choirs.
The Halle is the first organisation to receive a major gift from the Foundation, and as a consequence the largest hall in the new building will be named ‘The Victoria Wood Hall’.
Victoria Wood worked with the Halle in 2011 on the stage musical That Day We Sang, and later in 2014 for the TV adaptation of the story. The musical told the story of a reunion of choir members from a well-known recording of Henry Purcell’s ‘Nymphs and Shepherds’ in 1929. The television adaptation featured the Halle Children’s Choir and the Halle Orchestra. Following these projects, Victoria Wood became the first Patron of the Halle Children’s Choir.