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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 £25,821 (overseas £27,300)
Boarding fees per annum £33,324 (overseas £35,697)
Average Class Size 20
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:10
Associations HMC,BSA

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; 90% of students receive bursaries up to full fees through the Government's Music and Dance Scheme. This common bond of musical passion makes for a truly inspirational place which transforms the lives of all who are part of it.

There are many different qualities that permeate the fabric of Chetham's: the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the constant creative buzz, admirable academic standards, Chetham's history and heritage, superb teaching and performance spaces, the cosmopolitan city of Manchester, diverse backgrounds and personalities - and of course, the music. Chetham's is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and 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. Chetham's Fit to Perform programme takes an innovative new approach to wellbeing, promoting mental and physical fitness designed specifically with young musicians in mind.

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. Excellent academic results are achieved through small class sizes, a dedicated teaching team, and a community which values success. Ongoing investment into boarding accommodation, and a cross-departmental team helping students to balance music and academic study with time to socialise, explore and grow, ensure that students finish school as well-developed, ambitious and curious young people. Our network of partnerships with professional orchestras and organisations extends across the music industry, encompassing performance, outreach and leadership, and creating vital connections for students' professional futures.

Chetham's is one of 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 5 October 2019

Saturday 11 January 2020

Summer Open Days in May and June

Chetham's holds regular whole-school 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. Further Open sessions in May and June support students planning entry in 2021 onwards, and specifically target Juniors, Secondary Phase, and Sixth Form applicants.

Admission is by musical audition only. There are no academic requirements, and means-tested Government funding provides up to full support with school fees. Many students benefit from Advice Auditions, a chance to receive guidance on your musical progression before making a full application to the School.

Auditions and Advice Auditions run throughout the year.