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  1. HRH The Earl of Wessex helps to launch our 50th Anniversary Year

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    Last month our Royal Patron, HRH The Earl of Wessex, helped us to launch our Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations at a special lunch at Buckingham Palace.

    The lunch included an ‘Inside the Orchestra’ performance by ten Chetham’s students, where guests and The Earl of Wessex sat amongst the students as they rehearsed Britten’s Soirées musicales, conducted by Director of Music Stephen Threlfall. The Earl also took part in the performance, ably taking on the side drum!

    Following the performance, HRH chatted to the students about their studies, before joining our guests for lunch.

    Photo: Sara Porter, 2018

    In 2019 we celebrate our Fiftieth Anniversary as a specialist music school – an opportunity to celebrate half a century of music, and to look ahead to the next fifty years

    Throughout 2019 we will celebrate all that Chetham’s is today with a programme of fifty concerts throughout the year, showcasing students and alumni, outreach events that impact on our communities and world-renowned musicians taking to The Stoller Hall stage.

    Find out more about our plans, or share your Chetham’s story, here.

  2. Chetham’s awarded £90,000 by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

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    We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £90,000 by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

    The £90,000 grant will fund the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bursary which will be awarded to students over three years, based on talent and financial need. The award will enable aspiring young musicians to attend Chetham’s and access exceptional tuition and guidance, where cost may be a barrier.

    Entry to Chetham’s is based solely on musical potential, and never the ability to pay. Over 90% of our students receive some financial support to aid them in their studies, whilst nearly 20% pay no fees at all. We are grateful for the government’s Music and Dance Scheme, which enables us to offer means-tested bursaries to many of our UK-resident students, though the need of our students is much greater than this provision. We must therefore continue to source additional bursary funding from other sources.

    Since 2010, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded grants of £18m to support high quality training and personal development, as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities.

    These bursaries will provide young musicians with the opportunity to develop into the music stars of tomorrow. We are thrilled to have received the largest grant in the Foundation’s portfolio and would like to extend a huge thank you to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for their support!

    If you are interested in donating to support Chetham’s School of Music you can do so here.