Pay what you like and bring in your beer – legendary UK orchestra tears up the concert-going rulebook

Manchester’s Hallé orchestra, one of the country’s oldest ensembles, has unveiled plans to stage a ‘pay what you like’ concert this September. So, how much would you hand over?

Bridgewater Hall

Audience members will also be able bring their drinks into the concert and come and go as they please.

Tickets for the concert in the city’s Bridgewater Hall will be free (you can pre-book tickets here ) and the box office will open after the concert for audience members to pay however much they think the ticket was worth.

The Hallé’s Chief Executive said: “Our concert will allow new audiences to experience the Hallé and enjoy some incredible music, but on their own terms. If people have not heard the Hallé’s music before this is the perfect event for them.”

The programme is designed to showcase the very best classical music from the Baroque to the Modern era and includes Handel’s Water Music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Verdi’s The Force of Destiny, Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine.

So… how much would you pay for a ticket?