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Chetham’s at 50

In September 1969, a small musical revolution took place in Manchester. A new intake of students was admitted to Chetham’s by musical audition, laying the foundations of the country’s first specialist music school. Many of them, for the first time in 300 years, were girls.

Fifty years later, former Chetham’s students fill concert halls across the world – as performers, as influencers, and as audiences. Over half a century, that small revolution has rippled across the musical landscape, creating a step change in music education, accessibility and ideals.

From January to December 2019, we’ll be celebrating Chetham’s – its people, its stories, and its next fifty years.

My Chetham’s Story

Everyone who has visited Chetham’s has a story to tell. We’d love to hear yours.

Share your story of Chetham’s – Meet our alumni – Help us complete our archive

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Fifty Concerts for Fifty Years

From January 2019, we’re planning fifty concerts featuring student and alumni musicians, professional and community partners, and events in Manchester and beyond, to celebrate all that Chetham’s is today.

Chamber music – Piano Series – Symphony Orchestra – Special events

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This Woman’s Work

2019 marks fifty years of music – and also fifty years of girls! Coinciding with Clara Schumann’s bicentenary year, it’s a fitting moment to celebrate the vital role of women in music.

Clara Schumann – Sally Beamish – Laura Rossi – Nicola LeFanu

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