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We are so thankful to all of our supporters, who enable us to continue our important work at Chetham’s.

Chetham’s School of Music is the largest of nine specialist Music and Dance Schools (MDS) in the UK, and the only one of its kind in the North of England. For fifty years, Chetham’s School of Music has been a beacon of excellence. Each year we welcome over 300 students from across the UK and the world, and we are incredibly proud that the only criterion for entry to the School is musical potential and never the ability to pay. In fact, almost 90% of our students receive financial support, with nearly 20% paying no fees at all. Our Outreach programme reaches over 4,000 people each year, delivering the benefits of music participation across the North West. In 2017, we opened the award-winning Stoller Hall, which welcomes world-class musicians to perform in Manchester.

Chetham’s Library is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. The Library requires conservation of both its books and buildings, so it remains open to the public and for academic readers. Chetham’s Library cares for a vast Arts Council accredited collection, including the 13th Century Flores Historiarum manuscript, a first edition of John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost; a 1534 edition of Tyndale’s New Testament, Henry VIII’s Prosper of Aquitaine and a wealth of printed and manuscript material on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.


If you’d like to learn more about supporting us and the many different ways you can be a part of Chetham’s, please get in contact – we’d love to hear from you.


Tel: 0161 838 7202

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