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Chetham’s at 50

20 Jan — 12 Dec 2019

In September 1969, a small musical revolution took place in Manchester. A new intake of students was admitted to Chetham’s by musical audition, laying the foundations of the country’s first specialist music school. 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 celebrate the next fifty years with fifty performances, together celebrating all that Chetham’s is today.

Student and alumni musicians
Professional and community partners
Concerts in Manchester and beyond
Performances, parties and projects

Look for the * which shows Chetham’s alumni performing throughout the year

Don’t miss

Striking Gold Piano Series

a gathering of some of the greatest names in the keyboard world

Manchester Vocal Weekend

A weekend of lieder and opera arias, with Marcus Farnsworth, Ruby Hughes and Joseph Middleton

This Woman’s Work

a celebration of women composers
200 years since Clara Schumann’s birth
50 years since the first girls joined Chetham’s

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