Photograph of organist Anna Lapwood with students from Chethams at Manchester Cathedral.
Credit Vincent Cole 27 April 2023

The Haworth Masterclass series offers students rare behind-the-scenes insights into the craft of professional musicians.

Emerging professional performers share their expertise as they deliver live performance workshops for Chetham’s students. Many guest artists are in the city performing with the Hallé or BBC Philharmonic, allowing Chetham’s students the chance to learn with them in masterclasses as well as hearing them perform live with a professional symphony orchestra.

These masterclasses are made possible with generous support from Haworth Charitable Trust.

The Haworth Masterclass Series 2023

Through the generous support of the Haworth trust we have hosted some outstanding young artists to work with our students. 

In January we were visited by the pianist Elizabeth Brauss who was in the city performing with The Hallé. Our students were able to go and watch her perform at The Bridgewater Hall ahead of the masterclass. 

Pianists also enjoyed a lunchtime concert and masterclass by Chetham’s alumni Iyad Sughayer. 

For wind and brass players we were joined on our academy days by an extraordinary group of guest tutors. Woodwind worked with Amy Yule (flute), Matt Glendening (clarinet), Fraser Gordon (bassoon), Eleanor Dodford (oboe) and Alex Bone (saxophone).  Brass were joined by Ryan Linham (trumpet), Matt Lewis (trombone), Olivia Gandee (horn), Louise Goodwin (percussion) and Ryan Breen (tuba). 

Our vocalists enjoyed working with ENO Harewood Artists and WNO associate artist Isabelle Peters, who spent the day working on song and aria.

We were delighted to welcome the inspirational Anna Lapwood for an organ masterclass and Q&A.  This coincided with her being in the city to perform Poulenc, Dobrinka and Saint Saens with The Hallé so our students were able to see her perform.

And then in June, we welcomed Rachel Cooper and David Munn for a young string players day.