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.
Chris Wood

Chris Wood

  • 9 September 2017 From 7:30pm

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


This event was postponed from May 2017. Holders of tickets for the original date will have new tickets issued during July. Please note that tickets showing May’s date will not be accepted. Please contact boxoffice@stollerhall.com/0333 130 0967 (2-4pm, Monday to Friday) with any queries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£13, £10

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chris-wood/

Kieran Hodgson

KIERAN HODGSON: MAESTRO

  • 12 September 2017 From 7:30pm

13 years later, Kieran returns with a violin and a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities.

Following a sell-out tour and BBC Radio 4 adaptation of last year’s Lance, Hodgson returns with his second Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated smash-hit character comedy show.

Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nominee – 2016 and 2015. Star of Radio 4’s Lance and seen in BBC2’s Upstart Crow and Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£15 (£12)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/kieran-hodgson-maestro/

Tasmin Little

TASMIN LITTLE & PIERS LANE

  • 26 September 2017 From 7:30pm

Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, masterclasses, workshops and community outreach work. Continuing her longstanding partnership with pianist Piers Lane, a musician in great demand as a soloist and collaborative artist, she explores four Sonatas for violin dating from 1886 to the early part of the 20th century.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£21, £16

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/tasmin-little-piers-lane/

Martin Simpson

MARTIN SIMPSON

  • 28 September 2017 From 7:30pm

Featuring some of his most inventive playing yet, it showcases his virtuosity on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele – and voice.

Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£14, £11

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/martin-simpson/

Russian October

Russian October

  • 3 October — 8 November 2017

“I am a Soviet composer, and I see our era as something heroic” – Shostakovich

Tuesday 3 October, 7pm - GERARD MCBURNEY: MUSIC AND REVOLUTION
Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7pm - ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Friday 6 October, 1.05pm - HAWORTH SERIES: SIMON CALLAGHAN, PIANO RECITAL & MASTERCLASS
Friday 6 October, 5.30pm - GLINKA SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Friday 6 October, 7.30pm - MURRAY MCLACHLAN: SHOSTAKOVICH AND HIS COMRADES
Sunday 8 October, 2pm - SHOSTAKOVICH 24 PRELUDES & FUGUES
Sunday 8 October, 6.30pm - BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN
Tuesday 10 October, 7.30pm - REVOLUTION RETROSPECTIVE
Thursday 12 October, 7.30pm - SHOSTAKOVICH QUARTETS NO. 9 & NO. 11: KUSS QUARTET
Sunday 15 October, 2pm - INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA: SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO. 12
Friday 20 October, 7.30pm - CHETHAM’S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: SHOSTAKOVICH SYMPHONY NO. 12
Saturday 21 October, 7.30pm - ST GEORGE’S SINGERS
Wednesday 8 November, 9pm - RUSSIAN OCTOBER CLOSING PARTY
Wednesday 8 8 November, 2.30pm & 7.30pm - THE SUICIDE

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Various

Website

http://stollerhall.com/festivals/russian-october/

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/

Craig Ogden

NORTHERN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH CRAIG OGDEN

  • 3 November 2017 From 7:30pm

The performance features two guitar concertos; the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez, and the world premiere of Andy Scott’s concerto written specifically for Craig.

The concert opens with a chance to see the result of the NCO’s partnership with Chetham’s as some of the school’s young string players sit side-by-side with the professional players. Together they form the orchestra in a performance of Tippett’s Concerto for Double String Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Threlfall. Completing the programme is one of the grandest and most beautifully crafted symphonies that Mozart ever wrote – his Paris Symphony.

Half price tickets for students and under 18s

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£25 - £12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/northern-chamber-orchestra-with-craig-ogden/

sound sums

SOUND SUMS! FAMILY EVENT

  • 4 November 2017 From 11am

The very first school and family event presented by the Stoller Hall Outreach Ensemble

If you’re a young Number Whizz, bring your grown-ups along to see if they are clever enough to work out the musical clues and solve our giant number puzzle.

We think children aged 7 and over will enjoy this concert the most. For younger children, we’ll be hosting free musical activities in the Atrium from 10.15am until around 10.45am. Bring your little ones to meet some of the players and hear their musical instruments before the number clues begin!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£8 (£6); family £25 (5 tickets)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/sound-sums-family-event/

Salford Choral

FAURÉ REQUIEM

  • 11 November 2017 From 7:30pm

The Fauré Requiem is one of the most poignant settings of the Requiem Mass and is music to comfort and to reassure the faithful in the face of death, rather than to overwhelm them with the finality of judgement. It is impossible not to be moved by the ethereal beauty of this humble masterpiece. Fauré wrote The Cantique de Jean Racine much earlier than the Requiem at the end of his student days, but it has a mature simplicity that most students would foolishly scorn!

Poulenc’s Gloria, with its captivating mixture of solemnity and mischievous exuberance, abounds in joy, yet is always sincere and humble, and is among the finest examples of religious music of our time. Stravinsky’s Serenade in A completes the programme. Evoking an 18th century festive occasion it has been described as the ‘loveliest’ of his solo piano works.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£17 (£13)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/faure-requiem/

APD

AURORA PERCUSSION DUO

  • 15 November 2017 From 7:30pm

Since then, the duo have made it their mission to redefine the art of percussion. Described as ‘superb’ by the Financial Times and ‘extraordinary’ by Classical Source, this award-winning duo produce adrenaline fuelled concert performances that are visually spectacular, physically demanding and presented with unprecedented virtuosity.
Following two sell-out tours of China and performances at some of the largest and most prestigious concert halls in the UK, Aurora return to their home city of Manchester to perform a diverse array of music from across the globe in this tour de force of percussion repertoire.

“Delia Stevens and Le Yu are extraordinary performers. The intimate and sinuous flow of leadership between the two of them was a joy to watch.” – Peter Reed, Classical Source

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£15, £12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/aurora-percussion-duo/

Reiko Fujisawa

REIKO FUJISAWA

  • 29 November 2017 From 7:30pm

So what actually happens when Reiko sits at a keyboard and performs? The dominant flavour in her recitals is personal warmth. Her constant goal is to present a dialogue between pianist and composer. What audiences experience, both in the studio and on stage, is a musician with a European sensibility who is still in touch with her musical roots in Japan. She feels especially at home among the deep emotional textures of Beethoven, whilst her recitals have often engaged with works by contemporary Japanese composers such as Tōru Takemitsu.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£18 (£14)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/reiko-fujisawa/

Manchester Collective

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE: THE END OF TIME

  • 2 December 2017 From 8pm

The work was written in 1941, while the French composer was a prisoner of war at Stalag VIII-A, a Nazi POW camp in Germany. It was premiered by fellow inmates to an audience of about 400 prisoners and guards, outside, in the rain. Messiaen later said of the premiere: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension”.

The first half features two perfectly formed chamber works – Ravel’s joyful Sonata for Violin and Cello, and Stravinsky’s own arrangement of his theatrical parable, A Soldier’s Tale, for Clarinet Trio.
Manchester Collective directors Rakhi Singh and Adam Szabo are joined for this programme by Ben Mellefont, Principal Clarinet of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and by Professor Simon Parkin, pianist, teacher, and composing virtuoso.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/manchester-collective-the-end-of-time/

Big Band

CHETHAM’S BIG BAND

  • 3 December 2017 From 3pm

Three bands and the Chethams’s Jazz Sextet present a wide range of music from all eras.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£11 (£9)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-big-band-2/

Cara Dillon

CARA DILLON – CHRISTMAS TOUR

  • 9 December 2017 From 8pm

Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other festive songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas Spirit; a tradition in the making!

In 2016 Cara released her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night, described by The Sunday Times as “simple and stunning”.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£22

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/cara-dillon-christmas-tour/

Stephen Hough

STEPHEN HOUGH: FROM PROCESS TO PERFORMANCE

  • 13 December 2017 From 7pm

This December brings a new kind of first – a chance to join Stephen Hough in preparation for his forthcoming performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

An alumnus of Chetham’s, Stephen is joined by the acclaimed Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra to support his own preparations – and has generously offered to open the doors to an audience to share the pathway from solo practice to concert platform. Take your seat in rehearsal for this fascinating glimpse into the process that precedes performance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£12 £10

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/stephen-hough-from-process-to-performance/

Gwilym Simcock

NORTHERN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WITH GWILYM SIMCOCK

  • 12 January 2018 From 7:30pm

He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions. NCO are delighted to be forging a relationship with such a megastar and in this concert will be joined by young string players from Chetham’s School of Music, the centre for excellence that has produced so many of today’s musicians including Gwilym himself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£25 - £12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/northern-chamber-orchestra-with-gwilym-simcock/

The Heath Quartet

THE HEATH QUARTET

  • 6 February 2018 From 7:30pm

In May 2013 they became the first ensemble in 15 years to win the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artists Award. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music they were selected for representation by YCAT, were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and in 2012 won Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Strong exponents of contemporary music, the Quartet have also worked with several leading composers including Hans Abrahamsen, Louis Andriessen, Brett Dean, Anthony Gilbert, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Mackey. They took part in the European première of Steve Mackey’s Gaggle and Flock for string octet and the world première of John Musto’s Another Place with Carolyn Sampson at the Wigmore Hall.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£16, £12

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/the-heath-quartet/

Big Band

CHETHAM’S BIG BAND WITH IAIN BALLAMY

  • 14 February 2018 From 7:30pm

Described as urbane, original, freethinking and uncompromising, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references unencumbered by formality or tradition.

Chetham’s Jazz department has produced some of the rising and established stars of the UK jazz scene, from pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock to young band Jam Experiment, who recently made their debut at Wigan International Jazz Festival with songs from their debut album.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Stoller Hall

Admission

£11 (£9)

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-big-band-with-iain-ballamy/

CSO

CHETHAM’S SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: SIBELIUS & RAVEL

  • 16 February 2018 From 7:30pm

Two talented young soloists present seldom performed yet virtuosic and engaging works for trombone and oboe, set alongside two orchestral masterworks.

30% off when you attend Inside the Orchestra. Book both together for the discount to apply automatically, or call Box Office for assistance.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£18 - £10

Website

http://stollerhall.com/whats-on/chethams-symphony-orchestra-sibelius-ravel/

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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