Chetham's School of Music


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

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.

The Battle of the Somme

  • 5 July 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Live screening with orchestra
MAX BRUCH Kol Nidrei
Iona Russell cello

Music by Laura Rossi
Stephen Threlfall conductor

Pre-performance talk by Laura Rossi

The Battle of the Somme remains one of the most successful British films ever made. Filmed by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell in 1916, it is the source of many of WWI’s most iconic images. This performance presents the full 74 minute film – watched 100 years ago by half the adult population of the UK – accompanied by an acclaimed score by Laura Rossi commissioned by the Imperial War Museum.

The programme begins with a performance of the reflective prelude Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra by Max Bruch, which commemorates Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on 10 July.

Chetham’s Sinfonia is one of 100 orchestras across the world performing Laura Rossi’s new soundtrack to accompany the film, remembering the sacrifices made by so many one hundred years ago.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10, £8, £5 under 16



Chetham's Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

  • 8 July 2016 7:30-9:30pm

The climax of the musical year

MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana

NIELSEN Flute Concerto

MAHLER Symphony No. 1 in D major

Ilyich Rivas Conductor
Mina Middleton Flute
with members of St George’s Singers

Our musical year comes to a climax with our annual performance at The Bridgewater Hall. This year we are delighted that the up and coming young Venezuelan conductor, Ilyich Rivas, will conduct a concert which includes the combined choirs of Chetham’s and St George’s Singers.

The concert opens with some of the most cherished opera choruses ever written, followed by a performance of Nielsen’s Flute Concerto by one of our outstanding final year students, Mina Middleton. Its culmination sees the massed forces of CSO performing Mahler’s pastoral and ultimately triumphant, First Symphony.

Suitable for

  • Any age


The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley St
M2 3WS


£20, £18.20, £11 under 16


Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB




01618 349644


01618 393609

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