Announcing the World’s First Partnership Between Think Tank and Orchestra

The Hallé and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) today announces the start of a unique, enduring partnership between these two very distinct organisations.

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé performing Photo courtesy: Russell Hart

This will be the first time, perhaps in history, where a think tank and an orchestra have come together creatively to explore their respected fields over the next two years.

The partnership will be inaugurated on 10 November with an evening of music from the Great War. Hallé musicians will perform a programme of musical pieces derived from, and around, the First World War and featuring the music of some of the country’s best loved composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams and George Butterworth.

The event will take place at RUSI’s historic headquarters in Whitehall. 

To attend ‘An Evening of Great War Music’ on 10 November, click here.

In 2015, RUSI and the Hallé will explore ‘leadership in music and the military’ with Sir Mark Elder and a leading military figure, as well as a stellar concert in October 2015 to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt.

Welcoming the partnership, Professor Michael Clarke, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute said:

“I am really excited about this partnership. Our Conflict, War and Culture Programme explores the relationships between art and conflict, and the Hallé brings its own understanding of this complex phenomenon in much of its music. They are a wonderful orchestra with which to have a partnership and I know that together we can do some startling and ground-breaking things between true professionals from quite different backgrounds.”

John Summers, Chief Executive of Halle said:

“We are very much looking forward what promises to be a unique and rewarding relationship between the Hallé and RUSI. The opportunities offered to both organisations are fascinating, and we eagerly anticipate both bringing, and receiving, insight and context to the many connections between both worlds. “

HalleAbout the Hallé

Now in its 155th season, the Hallé ranks among the UK's top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in this country and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programmes; and a visionary commitment to building audiences and developing orchestral repertoire.

RUSI logoAbout RUSI

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies is the world’s oldest think tank. RUSI is engaged in cutting edge defence and security research. A unique institution, founded in 1831 by the Duke of Wellington, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on defence and security matters.



Saqeb Mueen, Director of Communications, RUSI +44 20 7747 2618

Photo - Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé performing. Photo courtesy: Russell Hart

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