Manchester's world-renowned Halle Orchestra has completed a number of concerts in China.
The Halle performed three concerts during its time in China, with dates at the Poly Theatre and Forbidden City Concert Hall as part of the Beijing Music Festival, and one performance in Tianjin in the north of the country.
Founded by Sir Charles Halle in 1858, the orchestra has toured the globe through its history and been watched by the Queen on a number of occasions, but had never before visited China.
The orchestra teamed up with senior executives from Manchester Airports Group (MAG) as part of a trade mission aimed at strengthening links between the north-west of England and the east Asian state.
After being named sister airport to Beijing Capital International in 2011, MAG is now working to secure a direct route between Manchester and China.
Halle music director and principal conductor Sir Mark Elder said: "In these challenging times, the close relationship between the Halle and Manchester's business community - which has existed from the orchestra's first concert 154 years ago - is more important than ever."
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