I'm looking at the Hallé Orchestra's programme for the 2012/13 season and I am greatly disappointed. It all seems rather predictable to me. The usual suspects Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky are represented with their highly predictable works. The only really interesting aspect is the inclusion of Britten’s music to celebrate the centenary of his birth. . Little in the way of variety, virtually nothing to set the pulse racing. With the odd exception there is a lack of the world’s finest soloists, together with a list of mainly run of the mill guest conductors. The most interesting Hallé concert for me is Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg but only act 3 is to be played. I can see only 2 or 3 concerts that take my fancy; usually there is a lot more than that. The final indignity is that most concerts seem to last just over a derisory hour and almost all last for less than a miserable hour and a half. Many orchestras in the last few years have been playing a glut of Stravinsky ballets and the BBC Philharnmonic seem a year or two late with their Stravinsky ballet music in their forthcoming season's programme.