Robert Beale

Department: Contributor Biography


Robert Beale has followed classical music in the north of England since the days of Sir John Barbirolli and was music and opera critic for the Yorkshire Evening Press in York before joining the Daily Telegraph in Manchester under the editorship of Michael Kennedy. Since the 1970s he contributed reviews and articles on music, opera and dance to the Manchester Evening News, becoming music and opera critic (and a member of the Manchester Theatre Awards panel) in 1994. He has written for Classical Music and other Rhinegold publications since the 1980s.

He is the author of The Hallé: A British Orchestra in the 20th century (Manchester, Forsyth Brothers, 2000) and Charles Hallé: A Musical Life (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2007), a trustee of the Manchester Musical Heritage Trust (and contributor to the scholarly journal, Manchester Sounds), and blogs at and

Twitter handle: @RobertBealeMcr