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.
Remember Them

Remember Them

  • 6 October 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Poetry inspired by WW1, written by primary school children from Manchester and Jersey and set to music for children’s choir and ensemble by Laura Rossi.

Six poems have been selected for performance in a collaboration between the Music and Outreach departments and Jersey Academy of Music, with others presented in a commemorative book.

This programme will also be performed in Jersey Opera House on Saturday 22 October.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Vanessa Redgrave

Voices of Remembrance

  • 18 October 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Acclaimed actor Vanessa Redgrave joins Chetham’s Sinfonia and composer Laura Rossi for a special performance linked to the centenary of the First World War.

Voices of Remembrance is an orchestral and choral work inspired by ten of the most famous poems of WWI, featuring moving, expressive readings by Vanessa Redgrave. During her research for the score for The Battle of the Somme for the Imperial War Museum, Laura discovered that her Great Uncle Fred was a stretcher-bearer attached to the 29th Division, who featured in the film, during July 2016. Drawing on these experiences and extensive research on WWI, Laura has created a richly evocative work that combines stunningly beautiful music with these historically important poems.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
M3 1SX


£11 / £9



Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Pictures at an Exhibition

  • 20 October 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra on a promenade through the St Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts as they present Mussorgsky’s masterpiece in Ravel’s stunning orchestration. A master of musical colour, his setting adds new shades, subtlety and richness to the original piano score. The vibrant energy and musical brilliance of Chetham’s young players, carefully curated by Paul Mann on the conductor’s stand, will ensure that every scene upon this gallery tour – from sunlit games to melancholy catacombs, lumbering cattle to dancing birds – is conjured vividly upon the stage.

Whilst the orchestra takes on the work written first for solo performer, virtuosity is celebrated in not one but two concerti featuring some of Chetham’s finest young players. Callum McLachlan and Linda Heiberga were selected as orchestral soloists from among their peers by an expert panel, and now showcase their musicianship with performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Paul Mann conductor
Callum McLachlan piano
Linda Heiberga cello

LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
ELGAR Cello Concerto
MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition

Suitable for

  • Any age


Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD


£19 - £15
£7 under 18s & students



Chetham's Showcase

  • 23 November 2016 7-9pm

Join us for an hour of exquisite music performed by senior soloists. With many previous Showcase performers moving on to major orchestral and solo careers, it’s a rare chance to say you saw them here first.

Stay after the concert to enjoy a drink and meet young performers in the stunning Oglesby Atrium.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£6 / £5

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB




01618 349644


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.