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My Chetham’s Story

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

In fifty years as a specialist music school, Chetham’s has educated around 3000 of the finest young musicians in the UK and beyond. Many of those former students are playing central roles on concert stages across the world, as orchestra members, conductors, composers and soloists. Others have become key influencers in the music sector, as educators, programmers, broadcasters and presenters. Others still have taken different paths, in careers as diverse as law, medicine, languages and politics, retaining a lifelong love of music – whether as audience members or as part time players. Every one of those students has played a part in shaping Chetham’s first fifty years, as have the staff members, the parents and guardians, who have supported, applauded and mentored them on the way.

Share your Chetham’s story
If you’ve been part of Chetham’s in the last fifty years – as a student, a parent, a staff member, partner or audience member – tell us what Chetham’s means to you. We’d love to hear your anecdotes and most memorable moments, and use them to shape our story of Chetham’s in its fiftieth musical year.
Of course, Chetham’s history did not start in 1969; there are 300 years of memories from before this era began. If you were with us before 1969, we’d still love to hear what you’re doing now, and how Chetham’s played a part in your life.

Meet our alumni
Use our alumni pages to discover some of the staff and students who have called Chetham’s home. Search by instrument, year group or name to track down former classmates or to see some of the influential players who have passed through each musical department. Share your Chetham’s story and tell us you’re happy for it to be published, to add your own alumni profile.

Complete our archive
If you have photos, recordings, concert programmes or other mementos from your time at Chetham’s, can you help us fill the gaps in our archive? Anything you can share with us – particularly ‘unofficial’ memories or  those relating to events before 1999 – would be very welcome, as we plan exhibitions and souvenirs of our golden jubilee.

Send images, copies or originals to

Or by post to
External Communications
Chetham’s School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB

We’ll take great care of any originals and return them to you after our 50th anniversary if you ask us to do so

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