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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 Co-educational Day & Boarding
Founded 1969
Joint Principals Nicola Smith & Tom Redmond
Date Appointed September 2020
Co-ed Age Range 8-18 years
Number of pupils 300
Full Day Student Fee £25,821
Full Boarding Student Fee £33,324
Full Chorister Day Student Fee £9,954
Associations HMC, BSA, ISC

Chetham's School of Music is a world-class music school, the largest in the UK and the only one of its kind in the North of England.

Based in the heart of Manchester, Chetham's is housed in a state-of-the-art new school building, with an acoustically designed concert hall offering a flawless venue for student performances and professional concerts.

The thriving creative community at Chetham's involves more than 300 students, aged 8-18, whose common passion is music. This common bond of musical passion makes for a truly inspirational place which transforms the lives of all who are part of it.

For the majority of the 300 students, Chetham's is home as well as school. Whether you are a boarding or day student, the friendly atmosphere and sense of community within the school is a central to the Chetham's experience.

Every student's week is individually timetabled to include individual lessons, ensemble rehearsals, structured practice and academic classes. From day one, life at Chetham's helps every musician to find their own musical pathway, whether as a performer, teacher or creator, whether music becomes a profession or remains a lifelong joy.

Chetham's offers a superb academic education alongside its unparalleled music programme. Although there are no academic criteria for entrance, Chetham's students regularly celebrate outstanding results at GCSE and A-level and progress to leading conservatoires and universities across the world. Students' success is born of small class sizes, a motivated teaching team, and a school community which encourages hard work and high achievement.

Entry to the school is based solely on musical ability or potential, never on background or ability to pay, thanks to generous bursaries through the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.

The school is 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.

Chetham's concert venue, The Stoller Hall, delivers a dynamic music programme that connects Chetham's students with the professional musical community, building on the school's already strong position within Manchester’s cultural sector. Students regularly perform alongside leading orchestras including Manchester Camerata and Northern Chamber Orchestra, and with contemporary music and comedy artists.

Chetham's long history began in 1421, and students still enjoy opportunities to perform in the 600-year old Baronial Hall attached to Chetham's Library. It opened as a charitable school in 1653, and educated the poor boys of the district for 400 years before becoming a co-educational music school in 1969. For half a century, Chetham's students and alumni have enjoyed success at major competitions, taken up positions across the music profession as performers, leaders and teachers, and established the School as a vital element of music education in the UK.