21. October 2011 · Comments Off on Musical War · Categories: Read Online

… or maybe not …?

When Manchester’s Hallé Concerts Society proudly described itself as Britain’s longest-established professional symphony orchestra the words struck a discordant note with rivals across the M6.

For while the Hallé can claim a 153-year unbroken performance record since Sir Charles Hallé first assembled his talented musicians in 1858, it seems the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society may lay better claim to the title – by 18 years.

At least one supporter formally complained about the statement, displayed on the Hallé’s website, and now after a seven-month inquiry involving old programmes, wage ledgers, and other historical documents, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that the Hallé advertisement was misleading and must be withdrawn. It reproved the society for not making more stringent checks before making “competitive claims”.


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