Chetham's School of Music

Chetham’s is the largest specialist music school in the UK, and the only one in the north of England. Originally established as a charity school in 1653, it became a co-educational, specialist music school in 1969 and, over the last 50 years, has established itself as a central part of music education in the UK.

Chetham’s students learn and play in a state-of-the-art New School building, opened in 2012 to provide acoustically designed practice rooms, performance spaces and rehearsal rooms. A full programme of performances takes place in School and across the region, with senior ensembles travelling regularly to London and overseas.

A new, professional concert hall, The Stoller Hall, will further enhance the School’s place in Manchester’s cultural community, bringing international artists to perform at Chetham’s and providing a performance space to match the superb standards of playing by our School’s young musicians.

Chetham’s is so much more than a music school. As well as educating the choristers of Manchester Cathedral, it’s a centre of academic excellence, whose students progress not only to leading conservatoires and music careers, but to universities and professional pathways in law, medicine, languages and politics. Students’ wider creativity is celebrated through strong art and drama programmes, whilst superb facilities for ICT, music technology and science, and high quality teaching in small classes across all subjects, all contribute to their academic success.

Find us at...

  • Chetham's School of Music
  • Long Millgate
  • Manchester
  • M3 1SB


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