In full voice: (above) The Hallé Orchestra, choir and four solists rehearse in the afternoon under the energetic baton of conductor James Burton.

This Saturday (14 June 2014) the Hallé orchestra and choir celebrated Richard Lewis's centenary year during a 'Sing with the Hallé' event at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall featuring four soloists from the Royal Academy of Music (Tristan Hambleton, Anna Harvey, Celine Forrest and Richard Dowling) all sponsored to sing at the event by the Richard Lewis Trust.

 

The evening's music was Mozart's Requiem conducted by James Burton, who at the start gave a wonderful speech about Richard and his connections to Manchester.

 

The evening's performance, featuring the Hallé orchestra and choir plus other singers from all over the UK, was attended by - among others - the Mayor of Manchester Susan Cooley,  Mark Wildman from the Royal College and many of Richard's family and friends.

The Green Room, afterwards: (left to right) Elizabeth Muir-Lewis talks to Prof Mark Wildman, head of vocal studies at the Royal Academy of Music and bass Tristan Hambleton. Anna Harvey in the background.

Conductor James Burton, right, mingles with admirers in the Green Room.

Above: Mayor of Manchester Susan Cooley, who made a speech at the post-concert reception, talks to Elizabeth Muir-Lewis.

Above, left to right: Richard Lewis's son Michael talks to Sue Voysey, head of ensembles at the Hallé .

Above, left to right: The family pose by the bust of Sir John Barbarolli outside The Bridgewater Hall: Richard's grandson Euan, neice Gwyneth, cousins Ken and Gwyneth, sons Nigel and Michael, widow Elizabeth, grandson Thomas and daughter-in-law Hui-Lee.

Above: Richard's cousin, left and neice, right - both called Gwyneth!

(left to right). The soloists: Bass Tristan Hambleton, Ellizabeth Muir-Lewis, mezzo Anna Harvey, soprano Celine Forrest and tenor Richard Dowling.

Above: members of the Halle choir take a break outside the hall during the afternoon rehearsal.

Above: Richard's family after the performance, in Manchester.

© 2013 The Richard Lewis Jean Shanks Trust