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Alumni

Since 1969, Chetham’s has welcomed young musicians from across the UK and around the world to enjoy a world class specialist education in the heart of Manchester. Alumni of the Music School have gone on to study at leading international conservatoires, to perform in acclaimed orchestras, and to grace the stages of concert halls across the world as performers, soloists, conductors and composers.

For other students who have spent time at Chetham’s, music has remained a passion even as life and careers have moved in other directions. Each year, around a third of our students choose non-musical university courses ranging from medicine to law and politics, and our alumni may be encountered in every walk of life.

Our history did not start in 1969. We’re delighted that we’re still in touch with students who were part of Chetham’s before music took centre stage – with those who were part of Chetham’s when it was a Grammar School from 1952-1969, and even, through archives and descendants, with those who were part of the Hospital School and benefitted directly from Humphrey Chetham’s commitment to a school for ‘forty poor boys’. Many thousands of young people have passed beneath our roofs since 1653 – and this is where we hope that many of them will come together.

Pass on the baton

Whenever we meet our former students, they tell us how much Chetham’s means to them; the impact of their education on their life as musicians and music lovers, on their confidence and outlook, and on their lifelong friendships.

Now we’re asking our former students to take five steps which can help Chetham’s offer those same opportunities to new generations of young performers.

1              Join our networks

Make sure you’re in touch with Chetham’s, so we can let you know about alumni events, concerts near you, appeals and opportunities.
Join our email list
Join our Facebook page

2              Tell the world

As practising musicians and public figures, many of you regularly publish your biographies online and in print. Please, check your biography to ensure it mentions your time at Chetham’s. Then check your website, your Wikipedia entry, and any other places where you tell your story; and add your memories of Chetham’s to the School’s website so we can celebrate all of our alumni and what you’re doing now.
Share your Chetham’s story

3              Know the facts

Chetham’s has changed enormously over its 50 year history as a specialist music school, and even more so since its life before 1969. Make sure you know the facts about Chetham’s today, so that you can share them with young musicians and teachers you might meet.

  • Chetham’s welcomes young musicians aged 8-18
  • We teach all Western instruments, as well as Jazz, composition and vocal studies, and we educate the choristers of Manchester Cathedral
  • Government funding through the Music and Dance Scheme offers bursaries up to full fees to all UK applicants (and, currently, to Sixth Formers from the EU). These cover the costs of music and academic tuition, boarding and performances on a means tested basis.
  • The New School Building and two performance spaces, the Carole Nash and Stoller halls, provide world-class, purpose built spaces for music and academic tuition including ensemble rehearsals, individual teaching, concerts, and opportunities to hear some of the finest performers from across the world.
  • We’ve invested a great deal of time and energy into students’ pastoral care and security across all aspects of School life. Professional house parents are committed to students’ happiness and overall development, and a blend of evening and weekend activities, physical health programmes and close conversations with parents and guardians ensure students’ overall wellbeing is at the heart of School life.
4              Hear us play

Chetham’s students give over 300 concerts a year – mainly in Manchester, but also across the North West, with occasional trips to London, other parts of the UK and even overseas. The professional concert programme in The Stoller Hall includes chamber and classical performances, folk, Jazz, comedy and spoken word; and Chetham’s historic Library offers daily tours and a vibrant series of talks, heritage and literary events. Why not take a trip back to Manchester to hear us play, to enjoy these superb spaces, and to know that when you purchase a ticket, you’re directly supporting our work in music, heritage and education.

5              Give something back

Not everybody can afford to make a huge donation, but, if Chetham’s helped you do what you’re doing today, could you give just a little to help us offer the same opportunities to future students? It’s a constant stretch to maintain the breadth and quality of our provision, and to continue improving the standards of living and learning across the School. Could you, your family or friends, contribute to our future? Consider one or more of our giving schemes, or get in touch to find out how you can help.

  • Name a Seat in The Stoller Hall, or Adopt a Chair in Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra. If you can’t do that on your own, why not club together to make a contribution with others from your friendship group or year of leaving?
  • Become a regular supporter of Chetham’s through one of our tiered membership schemes.
  • Consider leaving a legacy to Chetham’s, and continue the work begun by Humphrey Chetham in his will of 1651.

Find out how you can help