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Fifty Concerts for Fifty Years

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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

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Gabriella Swallow

Chetham's is its alumni

Jiafeng Chen plays Beethoven, January-March and September-November
Jennifer Pike, Tuesday 3 December
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

Gabriella Swallow
Ruby Hughes

Chetham's is song

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

Ruby Hughes

Chetham's is Symphonic

Enigma Variations, 14-15 February
Mahler Symphony No. 8, Friday 5 July
Petrushka, Friday 18 October

Chetham's is excellence

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
Beethoven Series, January-March and September-November

Chetham's is for everyone

This Woman’s Work, Friday 8 March
Music for a While, Thursday 4 April and year round
Fifty Years of Progress? Thursday 7 March

Sheet Music

Chetham's is new music (and old)

Sally Beamish, Wednesday 13 March
Chetham’s Composers, Wednesday 26 June
New Music North West, November
Baronial Baroque, Wednesday 20 November
Paradise Lost, Saturday 15 June
This Woman’s Work, Friday 8 March

Sheet Music
Manchester Camerata's Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at The Stoller Hall, Chetham's

Chetham's is collaborative

Northern Chamber Orchestra, Friday 15 March
Manchester Chamber Choir, Sunday 10 March
Manchester Collective, Saturday 15 June
Manchester Camerata, Wednesday 25 September
Mahler Symphony No. 8, Friday 5 July

Manchester Camerata's Gabor Takacs-Nagy and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet at The Stoller Hall, Chetham's

Chetham's is youth

Piano Leavers’ Concert, Monday 24 June
Sinfonia & Ensembles, Monday 1 July
Chamber Focus, 30-31 March

Barber Institute

Chetham's is nationwide

Wigmore Hall, Thursday 14 March
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Friday 8 March
St James’s Piccadilly, Monday 25 November
St James Concert Hall, Jersey, Sunday 23 June

Barber Institute

Chetham's is piano

Boris Berman, Wednesday 30 January
Ronald Stevenson Memorial Recital, Thursday 22 August
Paul Lewis, Thursday 12 December
Peter Donohoe, Thursday 25 April
Murray McLachlan, Tuesday 5 November
Leon McCawley, Tuesday 5 February

Chetham's is family

The Wind in the Willows, Saturday 13 April
One of our Shoes is Missing! Saturday 18 May

Chetham's is international

Giardini la Mortella, Thursday 11 July
9000 Miles, Friday 1 February
Manchester International Concerto Competition, 25-26 August


Chetham's is community

Music for a While, Thursday 4 April and year round
Festival50, 19-20 October
The Wind in the Willows, Saturday 13 April


Chetham's is Jazz

Chetham’s Big Band, Saturday 16 November
Gwilym Simcock, Thursday 14 March