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 Chets 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 - Chets 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

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.
Concerto Finals

Concerto Finals

  • 7 February 2016 11am-5pm

This enthralling annual event features up to 12 students performing for the opportunity to be a soloist with Chetham’s orchestras, in front of a panel of distinguished judges. Chaired by Stephen Threlfall, Chetham’s Director of Music.

Retiring collection in aid of Chetham’s School of Music.

Carole Nash Hall - access via Hunt's Bank Entrance.


Symphonic Prelude

Symphonic Prelude

  • 11 February 2016 5-6pm

Chetham’s Music Staff offer expert insight into the upcoming Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra performances. Special ticket offers available to all those who attend for the forthcoming Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra concert on Friday 19 February.

Duration 1 hour approximately.




Opera Extracts

Vocal Concert: Broadway Comes To Baronial

  • 15 February 2016 4:30-5:30pm, 6:30-7:30pm

Well-loved songs from timeless musicals are performed by first-study singers from Chetham's Sixth Form.

The energy and commitment of the School's young singers brings new life to familiar music, with songs selected from the golden age of musical theatre. Listen out for favourites from Oklahoma, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, all performed in the atmospheric setting of the 600-year old Baronial Hall.

Two separate performances at 4:30pm & 6:30pm

Directed by Margaret MacDonald.
Programme details may vary.

Baronial Hall - access via Millgate Entrance.


£5, £4


Chetham's Sinfonia & Ensembles

Chetham's Sinfonia & Ensembles

  • 16 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm

An energetic programme featuring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf narrated by David Shirley and performed by Chetham's Sinfonia, an orchestra of younger performers from the country's largest specialist music school. Ensemble performances include Violetta Strings, Wind Band and Saxophone Choir.

This varied and accessible event offers a perfect introduction to live music for younger audiences, and an inspirational opportunity to hear some of the country's finest young musicians in performance.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10, £5, children (under 14) free


Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

  • 19 February 2016 7:30-9:30pm


Rossini Overture The Thieving Magpie
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
Respighi The Fountains of Rome & The Pines of Rome

Conductor Stephen Threlfall
Violin Coco Inman

One orchestra - One soloist - One conductor
One magnificent programme

CSO invites you to walk beneath Italian skies in an exhilarating evening of musical landscapes and orchestral colour.
The flamboyance of Rossini’s Thieving Magpie was used to memorable effect in the film A Clockwork Orange, its anarchic themes mirroring the lawless extravagance of the mischievous bird. This narrative of rebellion against an overzealous state continues through an excursion to Russia. Shostakovich’s first Violin Concerto was written in 1947, concealing hidden messages of darkness, defiance and redemption, but was suppressed until 1955 for fear of reprisals under the Stalinist regime.
The music returns to Italy, with Respighi’s symphonic poems describing the passing of a Roman day from tumbling waters at dawn to ghostly legions fading into dusk.

CSO also performs in The Great Hall, Lancaster on Thursday 18 February

Discover more:
Symphonic Prelude, Thursday 11 February at 5pm - Chetham's music staff offer expert insight into the evening's programme
Open Rehearsal, Sunday 14 February at 2pm - a unique glimpse into the orchestral rehearsal process

Suitable for

  • Any age


£16, £12; £5 under 16

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB




01618 349644


01618 393609

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