Chetham's School of Music

Chetham's

Chetham's is an integral part of the North West's rich cultural heritage, housed in buildings that are nearly 600 years old and boasting a truly unique and magical atmosphere. Our medieval buildings are one of Manchester’s real gems - playing music in the Baronial Hall is undoubtedly an experience in itself!

A Chetham's student's diary is always busy and packed with opportunities inside and outside the practice room. Recently, our students have broadcast for BBC Radio 3, performed at BBC Proms in the Park, composed music in response to artworks from the British Art Show and performed as part of an exhibition at Manchester Museum. Our jazz musicians regularly perform at leading venues and our two Big Bands are regularly winners of national prizes. Our Chamber Choir recently performed at the BBC Proms with the Gabrielli Consort and Paul McCreesh and recorded for Deutsche Grammophone.

We also share our Manchester home with The Bridgewater Hall, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic orchestras and Royal Northern College of Music - Chetham's students regularly benefit from our strong links with the organisations through events and festivals. Many of Chetham’s tutors also teach at the RNCM and are principal players with the city's orchestras.

Venue Type:

Association or society, Historic house or home, Library, Heritage site, Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Monday-Friday
9.00-12.30 and 1.30 to 4.30
The Library is closed on public holidays, and between Christmas and New Year.
These are the opening hours for the library. The opening hours for our music events differ and are subject to change.

Admission charges

Please check.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Shostakovich

Shostakovich: The Complete String Quartets

  • 7 June 2017 7:30-9:30pm
  • 12 October 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Dmitri Shostakovich was deeply affected by Soviet communism, which sprang into life in October 1917 – inspired by the studies of Marx and Engels in Chetham’s Library. As we approach the centenary of Red October, Chetham’s presents all fifteen Shostakovich String Quartets, performed by superb professional performers, Chetham’s students and leading conservatoires.

Throughout the first movement of the series, Chetham’s players perform alongside young musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Barratt Due Institute of Music. Between them, these young players present eight of Shostakovich’s sixteen quartets, complemented by two further works by Beethoven.

The second movement begins in April 2017 with the opening of The Stoller Hall, a stunning new space for chamber music built on Chetham’s site. The Navarra String Quartet join us for the Hall’s Opening Weekend, followed by the Vasara, Carducci and Kuss Quartets in the run up to October.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Various. See website for details.

Website

http://chethamsschoolofmusic.com/festivals/shostakovich-the-complete-string-quartets/

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen: Hymns & Visions with Simin Tander and Jarle Vespestad

  • 26 May 2017 7:30-9:30pm *on now

Tord Gustavsen’s trio project, performing music from 2015 album ‘What Was Said’, builds upon the subtle understanding of his long musical association with drummer Jarle Vespestad, introduces the entrancing German-Afghan vocalist Simin Tander, and, alongside new compositions and improvisations, explores the tradition of Norwegian church music in an untraditional manner. “Simin and I have been working with an Afghan poet,” Gustavsen explains, “translating and shaping a selection of hymns that I grew up with in Norway into Pashto.”

Outside the limits of language and as interplay of sounds, the combination of the intimacy of Tander’s Voice, Gustavsen’s melodically inventive piano and discreet electronics, and Vespestad’s patient, textural drumming has an emotional persuasiveness of its own. “Of course to me it’s a dual intention. This is a devotional project, and the way in which the words transcend the boundaries between forms and traditions is important for me. But it’s also fully ok to approach it as a pure musical experience.”

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£20, £16*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/tord-gustavsen-hymns-and-visions/

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

  • 27 May 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity.

Chris’ eagerly awaited new album So Much to Defend, includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook-in sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman, reaching deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

“As close as it gets to a perfect union of voice and guitar, lyrics and melody, compassion, irony, realism, wit, and humanity” – The Herald

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£13, £10*

Carducci Quartet

Shostakovich Quartets 2 & 15: Carducci Quartet

  • 7 June 2017 7:30-9pm

The third in the spring-summer phase of the cycle, the Carducci Quartet visit Chetham’s from Italy to perform Quartets 2 and 15. Described by The Strad as presenting “a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality″, the Carducci Quartet is recognised as one of today’s most successful string quartets. Performing over 90 concerts worldwide each year the quartet also run their own recording label Carducci Classics; an annual festival in Highnam, Gloucester; and in September 2014, curated their first Carducci Festival in Castagneto-Carducci: the town from which they took their name. In 2015, they performed every Shostakovich quartet in cities including Washington DC, London and Bogota to mark the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death; including a marathon performance of all fifteen in one day in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£18, £15, £12*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/shostakovich-quartets-2-15-carducci-quartet/

Chloe Hanslip

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Chloë Hanslip

  • 10 June 2017 7:30-9pm

Formed in the late 1960s and based in Manchester, the NCO is now one of the country’s top, professional chamber orchestras, with its concerts and recordings warmly received by critics. The members of the orchestra are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists. Described as being ‘simply world-class’ by Opera Magazine, NCO presents two contrasting musical interpretations of the Four Seasons – Vivaldi’s 1723 original, and Glass’ 2009 companion piece, performed by violinist Chloë Hanslip; a young performer already established as an artist of distinction on the international stage.

Part of the Mind Music campaign, raising money for dementia charities

In association with MMU

Half price tickets for Students and under 18s

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£25, £18, £12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/northern-chamber-orchestra-with-chloe-hanslip/

Beverley Craven

Beverley Craven with Frank Mead

  • 18 June 2017 7:30-9pm

BRIT-award winning singer-songwriter Beverley Craven became a household name in the early 90s with the release of her eponymous debut album which became a worldwide hit, selling more than two million copies. Her 1991 single, ‘Promise Me’, went on to become a huge hit across Europe and she followed this up with a string of chart successes including ‘Memories’, ‘Holding On’, ‘Woman to Woman’ and ‘Love Scenes.’

In 1992 she received a BRIT award for Best British Newcomer and was also nominated for Best British Single and album of the year. She has continued to tour and release new music as well as bringing up a family and battling breast cancer; in 2014, her fifth album Change of Heart was released to the delight of her many fans. She visits Manchester in 2017 as part of a UK tour in which she welcomes audiences to share in almost thirty years’ worth of chart success.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£21, £16, £11*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/beverley-craven-with-frank-mead/

Ken Burton

Ken Burton - Friday night gospel singalong

  • 23 June 2017 6:30-8pm

Choral specialist and gospel maestro, a regular on Songs of Praise and director of two award-winning London gospel ensembles, Ken Burton’s musical biography runs both broad and deep. Ken visits Manchester with his unique brand of gospel, inviting audiences to end the working week by joining in a celebration of music and faith which will see the whole Hall singing. Start the weekend with a session to uplift the soul; a jubilant, revelatory evening of inspiration and of praise.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£15 (£12)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/ken-burton-friday-night-gospel-singalong/

Ken Burton

Greater Manchester Youth Choral Festival

  • 24 June 2017 From 5pm, From 7pm

The Youth Choirs of the Greater Manchester Music Hub come together for a workshop, followed by two evening concerts featuring individual choir performances and massed choirs conducted by Ken Burton.

Tickets for this event will go on sale closer to the time. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to make sure you don’t miss out.

Tickets will go on sale closer to the date of the event – join our mailing list, follow us on social media or keep an eye on our website for the announcement.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£5

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/greater-manchester-youth-choral-festival/

Piano

Piano Leavers' Concert

  • 26 June 2017 7-8pm

A last chance to see the School’s most senior pianists as they bring their Chetham’s careers to a fitting finale.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£6 (£5)

Big Band

Chetham's Big Band

  • 27 June 2017 7:30-9pm

Chetham’s Jazz Department has gone from strength to strength in recent years, now featuring three Big Bands and a wide range of improvising ensembles. Saxophonist Alexander Bone won both the inaugural BBC Young Jazz Award in 2014 and the 2016 British Jazz Rising Star award, for which he was nominated alongside fellow alumnus Rory Ingham.

The Big Bands step up to The Stoller Hall stage with a concert featuring dynamic and diverse jazz sounds.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£11 (£9)

Chetham's Composers

Chetham's Composers

  • 28 June 2017 7-8:30pm

Chetham’s composers have enjoyed great success across the years, with students among the winners of the BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers competition every year since 2009; the Royal Opera House Fanfare competition 2016; and the National Centre for Early Music Young Composers Awards 2016. Their summer concert premieres new works for large ensembles, performed by Chetham’s instrumentalists and conducted, in many cases, by the composers themselves. Join us to support emerging composers in an evening of diverse, innovative and engaging new works.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£6 (£5)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-composers/

Your Creation

Your Creation: Come, Play, Sing

  • 2 July 2017 2-5pm

Love to sing or play?

Whether your usual stage is the classroom or the concert hall, you’re invited to join Paul McCreesh, Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort and Players, in a massed rehearsal of choruses from Haydn’s Creation. Immerse yourself in this masterpiece of choral and orchestral music, guided and inspired by Paul, his colleagues and young musicians from Chetham’s, and share it with family and friends in an informal performance at the end of the session. Singers and instrumentalists of all ages from 11 upwards are welcome to be part of a unique afternoon of music creation.

This event takes place on the stage and in choir seats and/or audience seating areas. All areas are fully accessible, but please let us know of any specific access requirements to help us make arrangements for your visit.

Recommended minimum age 11. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult, who may participate or observe. Please book complimentary tickets for observing adults to help us manage the day.

Participants choosing to play should be confident in reading music and in performing repertoire at around grade 5 level.

Singers may be of any standard, but should be able to read music and be familiar with the repertoire to be performed.

You are welcome to bring your own score or to borrow a score on the day only; we’re unable to distribute scores in advance.

Friends and family are welcome to join you for the showcase at the end; free unticketed entry on a first come, first served basis. Timings for this, and further details of the day, will be sent to you in advance of the event.

If you have further questions about attending, please contact outreach@chethams.com.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£10 (£8)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/your-creation-come-play-sing/

Sinfonia

Chetham's Sinfonia

  • 3 July 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Chetham’s middle school musicians present a programme including movements of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony; a concerto performed by a prize winning soloist; and music from Chetham’s Wind Orchestra and String Ensemble.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£6 (£5)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-sinfonia/

Gabrieli

Chetham's Symphony Orchestra with Chorus and members of Gabrieli

  • 4 July 2017 7:30-9pm

Paul McCreesh and a trio of special guest soloists join senior musicians from Chetham’s for a performance of Haydn’s Creation. Considered by many to be the composer’s masterpiece, it unites the forces of a full symphony orchestra, four part chorus and the stunning voices of three celebrated British soloists. The creation of life, the rich colours of the emerging earth, the virtuosity of the School’s stunning young performers and a succession of monumental choruses combine into a magnificent evening of music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£18, £15, £10*; 20% discount for Your Creation participants

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-symphony-orchestra-and-chorus-with-members-of-gabrieli/

Richard Rodgers

The Sound of his Music: A Celebration of Richard Rodgers

  • 6 July 2017 7:30-9pm

Join us for a journey into the world of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers and his internationally renowned collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Leading West End performers and singers from the world’s great opera houses join Chetham’s stellar young musicians for classic songs and sequences – from beloved numbers such as ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘The Lady is a Tramp’, to the brilliance of Carousel, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£18, £15, £10*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/the-sound-of-his-music-a-celebration-of-richard-rodgers/

Catrin and Seckou

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

  • 21 July 2017 7:30-9pm

A sublime and multi award-winning harp and kora collaboration between two acclaimed virtuosos, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita join forces in a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing on their diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy; Mandinka rhythms mix effortlessly with Welsh tunes, with hypnotic improvisations from both in a set which is at once exhilarating and mesmerising.

Winners of Roots Critics Poll Album of the Year 2013, Songlines Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration 2014, and nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (Best Duo and Best Traditional Track) in 2014, their debut album Clychau Dibon has attracted huge critical acclaim and a clutch of 4 and 5 * reviews from national and industry press.

Presented in partnership with Band on the Wall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£17.50

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/catrin-finch-and-seckou-keita/

Kuss

Shostakovich Quartets 9 & 11: Kuss Quartet

  • 12 October 2017 7:30-9pm

Book ahead for the final concert in the Shostakovich cycle, part of next season’s Red October project marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Berlin’s Kuss Quartet is ranked amongst the world’s best ensembles, with a unique approach to music-making born of personal discoveries and passion for experimentation. Their visit to Manchester brings Chetham’s quartet cycle to a resounding close.

Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£20, £16, £13*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/shostakovich-quartets-no-9-no-11-kuss-quartet/

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
Manchester
M3 1SB
England

Website

www.chethams.com

E-mail

chets@chethams.com

Telephone

01618 349644

Fax

01618 393609

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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