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50 Concerts for 50 Years

22 Aug — 12 Dec 2019

In September 1969, a small musical revolution took place. A new intake of students was admitted to Chetham’s by musical audition, laying the foundations for a specialist music school in Manchester. Many of them, for the first time in 300 years, were girls.

Fifty years later, former Chetham’s students fill concert halls across the world – as performers, as influencers, and as audiences. Over half a century, that small revolution has rippled across the musical landscape, creating a step change in music education, accessibility and ideals.

From January to December 2019, we’ll be celebrating Chetham’s – its people, its stories, and its next fifty years.

Events

  1. The Stoller Hall

    Ronald Stevenson Memorial Recital

    Thu 22 August, 5pm

    The Ronald Stevenson Recital was established in 2015 with funds generously donated by the Stevenson society. This year we welcome...

  2. The Stoller Hall

    Manchester International Concerto Competition – Finals

    Sun 25 August, 7pm

    The International Piano Series concludes with a competition for outstanding young musicians from across the world. With a final extended...

  3. The Stoller Hall

    Manchester International Concerto Competition – Finals

    Mon 26 August, 7pm

    The International Piano Series concludes with a competition for outstanding young musicians from across the world. With a final extended...

  4. Carole Nash Hall

    Beethoven Piano Trios

    Tue 17 September, 7pm

    In spring 2019, the ‘technically brilliant’ violinist Jiafeng Chen performed the entire Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the intimate setting of...

  5. The Stoller Hall

    Manchester Camerata: Mozart, Made in Manchester

    Wed 25 September, 7:30pm

    Manchester Camerata and The Stoller Hall continue their ambitious shared project to perform and record Mozart’s complete piano concertos and...

  6. Carole Nash Hall

    Beethoven Piano Trios

    Tue 1 October, 7pm

    In spring 2019, the ‘technically brilliant’ violinist Jiafeng Chen performed the entire Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the intimate setting of...

  7. The Stoller Hall

    Brodsky Quartet with Martin Roscoe

    Thu 10 October, 7:30pm

    Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts across the world. A natural curiosity and an...

  8. The Stoller Hall

    Inside the Orchestra: Petrushka

    Sat 12 October, 2:30pm

    Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra onstage to explore the context and challenges of this autumn’s programme. How does an orchestra come...

  9. The Stoller Hall

    Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Petrushka

    Fri 18 October, 7:30pm

    This performance is in Manchester on Friday 18 October Book for the Lancaster performance on Thursday 17 October Chetham’s alumnus...

  10. The Stoller Hall

    Festival50

    Sat 19 October, All day event

    A Chetham's Outreach event joined in/joined up Festival50 marks fifty years of learning and diversity at Chetham’s with a lively...

  11. The Stoller Hall

    Festival50

    Sun 20 October, All day event

    A Chetham's Outreach event joined in/joined up Festival50 marks fifty years of learning and diversity at Chetham’s with a lively...

  12. The Stoller Hall

    Murray McLachlan

    Tue 5 November, 7:30pm

    "Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. His timing and phrasing are...

  13. Chetham's in London

    The London International Festival of Early Music

    Sat 9 November, 2.45pm

    The 2019 London International Festival of Early Music takes place at Blackheath Halls and surrounding venues. Complimenting the UK's largest...

  14. Carole Nash Hall

    Chetham’s Chamber Choir

    Mon 11 November, 7pm

    A programme of remembrance and reflection, performed by Chetham's singers under the direction of Stuart Overington.

  15. Carole Nash Hall

    Beethoven Piano Trios

    Tue 12 November, 7pm

    In spring 2019, the ‘technically brilliant’ violinist Jiafeng Chen performed the entire Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the intimate setting of...

  16. The Stoller Hall

    Chetham’s Big Band

    Sat 16 November, 7:30pm

    The next big Jazz talent ...Chetham’s Big Bands and Jazz ensembles have performed with artists including Gwilym Simcock, Mike Lovatt...

  17. The Stoller Hall

    Aquarelle Guitar Quartet

    Tue 19 November, 7:30pm

    The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble, formed and trained in Manchester and now recognised nationwide for...

  18. Chetham's Library

    Baronial Baroque

    Wed 20 November, 5:30pm

    Chetham’s Early Music ensemble, directed by Dr Martyn Shaw, marks the 300th anniversary year of Leopold Mozart with historically informed...

  19. The Stoller Hall

    Fitzwilliam Quartet

    Tue 26 November, 7:30pm

    Having made its debut performance in 1969, the Fitzwilliam is now one of the longest established string quartets in the...

  20. The Stoller Hall

    Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe

    Tue 3 December, 7:30pm

    Renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique," the unique artistry of Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world...

  21. The Stoller Hall

    A Christmas Carnival

    Sun 8 December, 3:30pm

    On 6 December 1969, Chetham's Intermediate Orchestra performed The Carnival of the Animals. Fifty years later we're doing it again,...

  22. The Stoller Hall

    Paul Lewis

    Thu 12 December, 7:30pm

    Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. A former Chetham’s student, he closes...