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“What a momentous year in the history of Chetham’s School of Music.
Together we showcase a remarkable year for the school, not only for our current students but also for former students, staff and friends as well as our loyal and ever growing audiences.
Throughout the year we welcome numerous former students back to school as professional artists. Their visits enable us to celebrate outstanding alumni alongside youthful talent, and to showcase the breadth of Chetham’s musical community with concerts in Manchester, London, and further afield.
Anniversaries are a moment to look both forward and back. We remember with gratitude the school’s founding fathers, and the particular vision of those such as Gerald Littlewood and Ewart Boddington who dreamed of a specialist music school for Manchester. At the same time we develop our own vision of Chetham’s rich future, symbolised by the new school facilities of 2012 and the addition of the simply outstanding Stoller Hall in 2017. These transformations were made possible by the immense generosity of individuals who share our ambition to support and develop the young musicians who come to Chetham’s from across the UK and the world.
Read on to explore our plans for this landmark year for the school. And stay in touch as we look ahead to the next fifty years – a time when we’ll continue to expand our horizons, to celebrate dedication and creativity, and to play a leading role in the musical landscape of our nation and beyond.
Here’s to the next fifty years”
Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music, 1995-2019
Jiafeng Chen plays Beethoven, January-March and September-November
Guy Johnston, Wednesday 6 March
Olivia Chaney, Tuesday 26 March
Robert Plane, Tuesday 22 January
A Christmas Carnival, Sunday 8 December
Gabriella Swallow, Wednesday 12 June
Elliot Gresty, Wednesday 15 May
Huw Watkins, Tuesday 22 January
Marcus Farnsworth, Sunday 24 February
The Drama of the Oratorio, Sunday 10 February
Musikalische Exequien, Friday 19 April
Make a Joyful Noise, Sunday 10 March
Manchester Vocal Weekend, 23-24 February
Chetham’s Chamber Choir, Monday 11 November
Gould Piano Trio, Tuesday 22 January
Victoria String Quartet, Wednesday 15 May
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Tuesday 19 November
Castalian String Quartet, Wednesday 12 June
Brodsky Quartet, Thursday 10 October
Martin Roscoe, Friday 15 March
Fitzwilliam Quartet, Tuesday 26 November
<a href="http://“>Beethoven Series, January-March and September-November
This Woman’s Work, Friday 8 March
Music for a While, Thursday 4 April
Fifty Years of Progress? Thursday 7 March
Chetham’s Big Band, Saturday 16 November
Gwilym Simcock, Thursday 14 March