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

  • 28 February 2017 7:30-9:30pm
  • 22 March 2017 7:30-9:30pm
  • 22 April 2017 3:30-5:30pm
  • 10 May 2017 7:30-9:30pm
  • 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/

Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock, Thomas Gould & Mike Walker

  • 21 April 2017 8-10pm

Friday night sounds from a trio of modern musical innovators. Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock returns to his musical roots alongside Manchester legend Mike Walker and violinist Thomas Gould. Three musicians who refuse to be bound by genre, combine their sounds into a rousing, compelling opening concert in the city’s finest auditorium.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£18, £15, £12*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/gwilym-simcock-thomas-gould-mike-walker/

BBC In Tune

BBC Radio 3: In Tune

  • 21 April 2017 4-6:30pm

BBC Radio 3’s In Tune broadcasts live from The Stoller Hall in the very first event open to a public audience, presenting live music transmitted from the stage alongside interviews and conversation with a panel of guests from across the Opening Weekend.

Free tickets will be available via the BBC approximately one month prior to the event.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA
England

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/bbc-in-tune/

Navarra String Quartet

Shostakovich Quartet 5: Navarra String Quartet

  • 22 April 2017 3:30-5pm

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.

The Navarra Quartet open the Second Movement of the cycle for The Stoller Hall’s Opening Weekend, in a concert featuring Shostakovich’s intimate Fifth Quartet, proceeding attaca through references to older works, old friendships and old loves.

Since its formation at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions. The Navarra Quartet is Associated Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire and was the recipient of the ChamberStudio Mentorship 2013, generously supported by the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Combined with their constant desire for evolution, the mentorship has allowed them to continue working with renowned musicians such as Eberhard Feltz, David Waterman and Ferenc Rados.

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

£15, £12.50, £10*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/shostakovich-quartet-5-navarra-string-quartet-2/

Michael Betteridge

From The Ground Up

  • 22 April 2017 11:15am-12:15pm

A brand new piece by Manchester-based composer Michael Betteridge, specially written for young musicians from across Greater Manchester in collaboration with Greater Manchester Music Hub and MyHub. Manchester is a city always growing again; from its politics to its buildings, its economy to its musical life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£5

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/from-the-ground-up/

Ted Robbins

Ted Robbins with Chetham's Big Band

  • 22 April 2017 8-10pm

Ted Robbins – best known for his appearances on Phoenix Nights and Little Britain – joins Chetham’s acclaimed Big Band for an evening of laughter and music to celebrate the opening of The Stoller Hall. The Lancashire-based comedian, also recognisable as Coronation Street’s Brendan Finch, is already excited about being part of The Stoller Hall’s story. “Coming from a musical family it has always been a great relief to them that I became a comedian. Despite this, I have always loved music in all its forms and have long admired and enjoyed the talent that is nurtured at Chetham’s School of Music. To get to perform with their Big Band in this fabulous new concert hall, as well as having a few laughs on the night, is a dream come true.”

With free live music in the Atrium from 5.30pm, make it a Saturday night to remember with jazz, jokes and a jar or two to toast Manchester’s newest stage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£20, £16, £12*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/ted-robbins-with-chethams-big-band/

Gabriella Swallow

Urban Family

  • 22 April 2017 1-2pm, 5:30-6:30pm

Celebrated cellist Gabriella Swallow presents two performances with her Urban Family; a gathering of dynamic musicians who share her eclecticism, passion and integrity.

Their 1pm performance is especially designed for younger audiences attending the weekend’s daytime events.

Free event; no ticket required

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

No ticket required - just turn up!

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/urban-family/

Debussy

Debussy: The Sonatas

  • 22 April 2017 11am-12pm, 2:15-3:15pm

Sonata for Cello & Piano in D minor
with dancers from Victoria College of Arts, Melbourne
Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp
Sonata for Violin & Piano in G minor
with dancers from the Hammond School, Chester

Nicholas Jones cello
Brenda Blewett piano
Belinda Gough flute
Graham Oppenheimer viola
Eleanor Hudson harp
Jiafeng Chen violin
Nicholas Oliver piano

The three completed works from Debussy’s planned cycle of six sonatas are performed in their entirety, in a specially staged, one-hour performance accompanied by new choreography from our partner dance schools.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£5

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/debussy-the-sonatas/

Opening Celebration Concert

Opening Celebration Concert

  • 23 April 2017 4-6pm

Chetham's Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra of special guest artists
Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
Paul Lewis piano
David Threlfall narrator
Stephen Threlfall conductor
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Manchester Chamber Choir

WALTON arr. PALMER music from Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario
BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major
GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes

This concert is currently sold out. We highly recommend using the ‘Book Tickets’ link, where there is a link to join the waiting list at the bottom of the page, as we expect to release additional tickets in early March. If the waiting list does not appear, please send us an email to boxoffice@stollerhall.com

The Stoller Hall is officially launched with an Opening Celebration Concert featuring conductors Sir Mark Elder and Stephen Threlfall, soloists Paul Lewis and Kitty Whately plus a host of superb musicians in two orchestras; one of Chetham’s superb music students, the second of its alumni, staff and friends.
Shakespeare’s immortal words open the concert as Walton’s music for the 1944 Olivier film, Henry V, marks the Hall’s auspicious beginnings on what is both St George’s Day and the anniversary of the bard. Two superb soloists – both Chetham’s alumni – lead the ensembles in Brahms’ passionate Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s virtuosic Second Concerto, as Director of Music Stephen Threlfall hands the conductor’s baton to Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé, for the second half of the performance. He is joined by a specially formed professional ensemble, bringing together players from the region’s leading ensembles for Ginastera’s mini-concerto for orchestra; a fitting showpiece to end an afternoon celebrating the versatility and quality of this superb new concert hall.

“The brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act, and monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”

A very limited number of tickets for this VIP Opening Concert are being released to the general public. All guests are invited to arrive from 3pm to raise a toast to The Stoller Hall at its official opening. Drinks for the toast are included in your ticket price. If you’re not one of the lucky few to obtain a ticket in the first release, do join our waiting list – we hope to make additional seats available to the public in early March.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£30, £25, £20*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/opening-celebration-concert/

Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth: Recital & Masterclass

  • 26 April 2017 1:05-4:30pm

Recital 1.05pm

Masterclass 2.30-4.30pm

Award-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth visits The Stoller Hall with a recital of German Lieder by Schumann and his compatriots. In the afternoon’s masterclass he shares his expertise with Chetham’s students as part of the Haworth Masterclass Series – now in its third year, and bringing to Manchester some of today’s leading artists from across the music world.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£6 (£5)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/marcus-farnsworth-recital-masterclass/

Julian Clef

Rising Stars: Julian Clef

  • 28 April 2017 From 1:05pm

DUTILLEUX Trois Préludes pour Piano
DEBUSSY Images, Book 2
CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor
Born in Kerala, India, Julian Clef had received no formal piano training when he was accepted to Chetham’s at the age of 16. Since then he has graduated as RNCM’s Gold Medal winner, performed across India, the UK and Europe, and played as soloist with Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, among others. Now aged 26, Julian opens the Rising Stars series with a programme of 20th century French music.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£8 (£6.50)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/rising-stars-julian-clef/

Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society

Powerhouse or Poorhouse: What is the future for the arts in Manchester?

  • 3 May 2017 7-9pm

Chair
Felicity Goodey CBE

Panel
Dave Moutrey, HOME
Wyllie Longmore, actor/director
Eleanor Underhill, National Trust Quarry Bank Mill
Nick Merriman, Manchester Museum
David Thacker, Bolton Octagon


As Greater Manchester prepares to go to the polls to select its first directly elected Mayor, an expert panel discusses the implications of the Northern Powerhouse on the city’s arts and culture. This free event, chaired by Felicity Goodey CBE, invites audience members to pose their own questions, drawing on the combined knowledge and experience of five of the region’s cultural leaders.

A free ticketed event; pre-booking highly recommended.

Stay afterwards to continue the conversation over a buffet supper in the Oglesby Atrium, to be served at around 8.30pm.

You will be asked if you would like a buffet ticket during the booking process, after selecting your seat/s for the debate.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

Free event.
Post-discussion buffet: £15, including non-alcoholic drinks.

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/powerhouse-or-poorhouse-what-is-the-future-for-the-arts-in-manchester/

Manchester Camerata

The Will to Live: From Process to Performance

  • 8 May 2017 6-7:30pm

An UpClose open exploration of Karel’s Nonet by Manchester Camerata and Chetham’s School of Music

Rudolf Karel, one of Dvořák’s last pupils, was imprisoned for resistance activities in 1943 and eventually transferred to the concentration camp of Terezín in February 1945, where he died the following month. Karel’s Nonet was composed between January and February 1945 in the most distressing circumstances and left incomplete after his death from dysentery on 6 March 1945.

Join Manchester Camerata & Chetham’s School of Music on the stage of the newly opened Stoller Hall for an exquisite exploration of the music and culture that emerged from Terezín.

Seating is on the stage and unallocated. Lift access is available, but if you have particular access needs we strongly recommend contacting us before you attend the event, so that we can make arrangements to support you during your visit.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£15 (£12)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/the-will-to-live-from-process-to-performance/

Shostakovich

Shostakovich Quartets 3 & 14: Vasara String Quartet and Chetham's Staff String Quartets

  • 10 May 2017 7:30-8:30pm

Vasara Quartet
Emma Oldfield violin
Jessica Coleman violin
Emma Purslow viola
Jobine Siekman cello

Chetham's Staff String Quartet
Owen Cox violin
Katie Stillman violin
Graham Oppenheimer viola
Nicholas Jones cello
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 3
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No. 14
BEETHOVEN Op. 18 No. 6 in Bb major
Booking opens at midday on Monday 9 January

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.

The Vasara Quartet, formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, continues the Shostakovich cycle with Quartet No. 3 – described by the composer as a tale of war – and 14, written in 1972 with a dedication to cellist Sergei Shirinsky. Chetham’s string staff complete the evening, with the continuation of the complementary series of Beethoven Op. 18 quartets.

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

£10 (£8)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/shostakovich-quartets-3-14-vasara-quartet-chethams-string-staff-quartet/

Neil Brand

Neil Brand: Masterclass

  • 12 May 2017 2:30-4:30pm

Neil brings the 2016/17 Haworth masterclass series to a close with an unmissable open event in which he advises young composers from Chetham’s on the ways in which music brings film to life.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£3, students and under 18s free

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/neil-brand-masterclass/

The Dodge Brothers

The Dodge Brothers

  • 13 May 2017 9-11pm

25% discount when you book full price tickets for both The Dodge Brothers and Beggars of Life at 7pm. That means you can see the brilliant Dodge Brothers for just £5.50 each!

The Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. Described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris, they play an exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard. Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£15*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/the-dodge-brothers/

Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life: The classic silent film with live music from the Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand

  • 13 May 2017 7-8:30pm

25% discount when you book full price tickets for both Beggars of Life and the Dodge Brothers at 9pm. That means you can see the brilliant Dodge Brothers for just £5.50 each!

The classic silent film with live music from the Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand.

Film and cinematic landscapes come together when The Dodge Brothers – Mike Hammond, Mark Kermode, Aly Hirji and Alex Hammond – join forces with premiere Silent Film pianist Neil Brand to accompany rare Silent features. Their accompaniment to the Louise Brooks/Wallace Beery 1927 film Beggars of Life was greeted with great acclaim. Performing this at The British Silent Cinema Festival, The Barbican & The BFI Southbank has prompted glowing reviews and the band became the first ever to accompany a silent film at Glastonbury Festival in 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£23*

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/beggars-of-life/

Slapstick for Kids

Slapstick for Kids

  • 13 May 2017 11am-1pm

Hilarious clips from the golden age of cinema, presented for a brand new audience by the inimitable Neil Brand. Neil’s infectious love of silent film shines through in his presentation and his piano playing, as he accompanies joyfully irreverent film moments live on stage. Young audience members will be invited to suggest music, hear it live and discover how it can transform a filmic story – a wonderful afternoon of laughter and discovery for kids of all ages.

Family tickets are valid for groups of up to 5 people including 2 or more children.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£7 (£5)

Yuanfan Yang

Rising Stars: Yuanfan Yang

  • 19 May 2017 1:05-2:05pm

An alumnus of Chetham’s and currently a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Yuanfan Yang has won numerous prizes since starting the piano at the age of 6, most recently the Grand Prix Interlaken Classics Piano Competition 2016. He was a BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist in 2012, and has toured extensively in Scotland and China alongside his conservatoire studies as pianist and composer.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£8, (£6.50)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/rising-stars-yuanfan-yang/

Showcase

Chetham's Showcase

  • 24 May 2017 7-8pm

Outstanding senior students from Chetham’s take centre stage with an hour of exquisite music.

Programme includes show pieces for clarinet and guitar, and Schumann’s song cycle, Frauenliebe und Leben

After the concert, stay to raise a glass to these superb young musicians and to speak to them and School staff about life as an emerging concert artist.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£6, (£5)

Tord Gustavsen

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

  • 26 May 2017 7:30-9:30pm

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/

Ensembles

Chetham's Ensembles

  • 3 July 2017 3-4pm

The School’s younger players, including Violetta Strings, Saxophone Choir and Trumpet Ensemble, give their first performance on The Stoller Hall stage.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£6 (£5)

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

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