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Chetham's School of Music

Chetham's School of Music

Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB, Greater Manchester

0161 834 9644



Chetham's School of Music
School type Coeducational Boarding & Day
Founded 1969
Head of School Mr Alun Jones
Date Appointed September 2016
Co-ed Age Range 8-18
Number of pupils 306
Day fees per annum £25,068 (overseas £26,001)
Boarding fees per annum £32,352 (overseas £33,999)
Average Class Size 20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC,BSA
Recent tweets from @Chethams

The thriving creative community at Chetham's includes around 300 students aged 8-18, whose common passion is music. Entry to the School is based solely on musical ability and potential, never on background or ability to pay, thanks to bursaries up to full fees through the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, which are provided for 90% of students. This common bond of musical passion makes for a truly inspirational place which transforms the lives of all who are part of it.

This magic is the result of many different qualities that permeate the fabric of Chetham's: the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the daily creative buzz, admirable academic standards, Chetham's history and heritage, our superb teaching and performance spaces, the city of Manchester as a cosmopolitan location, our many different backgrounds and personalities - and of course, the music. Chetham's is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and is the only one based in the north of England. The School is also a national and international resource for music education - welcoming teachers, professional players, composers and conductors, community groups, school children and other young musicians, both experienced and novices, to come together and make music. Our network of partnerships with professional orchestras and organisations extends across the music industry, and our alumni populate orchestras and ensembles across the world.

Based in the heart of Manchester, Chetham's is housed in a state-of-the-art new School building, with its onsite concert hall, The Stoller Hall, offering a world-class acoustic for student performances and visiting artists from around the world. The concert hall, and the School's vibrant Outreach programme, continue to develop strong links between Chetham's students and the professional musical community, building on the School's already strong position within Manchester's cultural sector.

All students follow a full academic programme alongside their musical studies, in which excellent results are achieved through small class sizes, a dedicated teaching team, and a community which values success. In 2016, Chetham's was the highest achieving non academically-selective school in Manchester, and every year students progress to leading music conservatoires and universities across the world. We take as much pride in those who move on to careers in engineering, medicine or law as in those playing leading roles on the concert platform; in DJs, jazz pianists and folk singers as in classical conductors and soloists. What unites every member of the Chetham's community is their passion for music; a passion that, whatever their future direction, will forever enrich their lives.

Admissions to Chetham's

Open Days:

Saturday 14 October 2017

Saturday 20 January 2018

Chetham's holds regular Open Days in October and January each year, when prospective students can meet staff and students, hear ensembles in rehearsals, and discover more about a specialist music education.

Admission is by audition only, where music tutors will look for a student's musical potential. There are no academic requirements, and means-tested Government funding through the Music and Dance scheme means that 90% of students receive up to full support with school fees. Many students benefit from Advice Auditions, a chance to play for School tutors and to receive guidance on your musical progression before making a full application to the School. Auditions and Advice Auditions run throughout the year.