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

  • 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/

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.

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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/

Haydn's Creation

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/

A Celebration of 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/

Jewish Arts Festival For All Gala Concert

Jewish Arts Festival For All Gala Concert

  • 9 July 2017 7:30-10pm

The winner of the 2016 Jewish Pavarotti Award, Greg Nogradi boasts one of the most significant voices ever introduced in Jewish Music. Recognised for his compelling dramatic tenor voice and passionate performance style during his university years both in Jerusalem and in Budapest, all roads led to the vocal class of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and Music Academy Stuttgart for the young graduate in cultural management. After winning three major international competitions, Greg Nogradi found himself in the Verona Arena from one day to another, and subsequently sang five new leading roles annually at various opera theatres of the world until the turn of the millennium. After serving six years as the cantor of the Frankel Synagogue in Budapest, Cantor Nogradi was elected Europe’s Number one cantorial voice at the European Cantors Convention.

David Ezra Okonşar will premiere his new composition Rhapsodies Hebraiques in two parts at the concert. A fervent researcher and aficionado of Jewish music and Klezmer, as a composer he adopts an expanded tonal language and models his renditions of the traditional Jewish melodies on the Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt. Melancholy,sorrow,heartache coexist with bright cheerfulness and happiness in both major and minor modes.

Okonşar is a classical concert pianist, modern-composer, orchestra conductor, musicologist and music writer. He has performed with orchestras and given recitals around the world, been a guest judge at the National Piano Competition of Japan and is a published writer in several music related periodicals in Turkey. He took Belgian citizenship in 1992 but at the same time the president of Turkey Suleyman Demirel awarded him the title “State Artist of the Turkish Republic”. Therefore, Okonşar settled in Turkey, his country of birth.

L’chaim Kapelye is a 7-piece ensemble based in Manchester, who specialise in infectious dance tunes and soulful songs of the klezmer and yiddish folksong tradition. They play at many local events in partnership with organisations such as the Muslim-Jewish Forum and regularly meet at the Manchester Jewish Museum for the “Gathering of the Klezmorim” events, performing alongside other keen Klezmer-lovers in the area. They participate in fundraising ventures for the University of Manchester RAG (Raise And Give) society and work closely with The Fed, participating in reminiscence sessions in Jewish care homes around Manchester.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£25 full price | £20 senior | £15 under 16 | £50 meet the artists package

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/jaffa/

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/

Manchester Jazz Festival

Dave Maric, Phronesis and Engines Orchestra: Decade Zero

  • 29 July 2017 8-10pm

Internationally acclaimed piano trio Phronesis are joined by an octet of string and woodwind players from the award-winning Engines Orchestra, conducted by Chetham’s alumnus Phil Meadows, to perform Decade Zero by composer Dave Maric. Phronesis tunes are woven throughout Maric’s original music in a unique homage to the band, using loops, rhythms and textures inspired by their high-energy performances, off-kilter grooves and Dave Maric’s own contemporary classical music.

Jointly commissioned by Cheltenham Jazz Festival, mjf and EFG London Jazz Festival, with support from the PRS for Music Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall
Hunts Bank
Manchester
M3 1DA

Admission

£20 (inc. £2 booking fee)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/dave-maric-phronesis-and-engines-orchestra-decade-zero/

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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