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Do you love music but also want to thrive academically? You’ve come to the right place.

We’re a friendly bunch here at Chetham’s and help and advice is available throughout the whole school application process so that you can be sure you’re making the right decision.

We welcome applications and hold auditions throughout the whole academic year – it’s a fairly informal and flexible process, so all the young people feel at ease.

We encourage you to apply early, ideally before Christmas, for a place the following September. This will give you plenty of time to prepare for a change of school, and to work on aspects of your playing between your first and second auditions (if needed).

Unsure whether to apply? We offer Advice Auditions all year round for those who would like professional feedback on their playing and musical ability before they apply. There’s more on that below so keep scrolling!

Click here to complete your application form and find out more information about the application process.

Please send any admissions enquiries to Julie who will be happy to help: or contact us.

Book an advice audition

We offer advice and guidance before you make an application to the school. If you feel this would be helpful please send an email to, with YouTube links to video recordings of at least 2 pieces on your principal study instrument and at least one piece on any subsidiary instruments, as well as scales/arpeggios on the principal study that reflect the level of repertoire presented. We would also ask you to begin the video/s with a short, spoken introduction of yourself and the pieces you are going to present.

When you send the video links, please also include the following information about the person whose performances we will be assessing:

• Full name and date of birth
• Length of time learning each instrument, details of any exams taken, regularity of lessons
• Information about musical activities he/she participates in – ensembles, choirs, etc.
• Your postal address, or which area you live in.

There is a standard charge of £25 for advice auditions. However, if this cost presents a barrier to your accessing our advice, please let us know as we may be able to help.