At Chetham’s we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience music in a relevant, dynamic way. In partnership with arts organisations across the region and nationwide, we work to develop interactive learning activities for individuals, schools and other community groups.
Registration: You can download booking forms on this page from the start of Autumn term 2014.
AS LEVEL SEMINAR – EXPLORING HAYDN
Thursday 16 Oct, 2014 - 2.30-4.30pm
Open to all A-level students studying the AQA specification, this seminar explores Haydn’s Symphony No. 104. Presentations will be given by members of the Academic Music Department accompanied by a live performance from Chetham’s students.
COME AND SING
Sunday 18 Jan, 2015 - 10.30am-4.30pm
These Things Shall Be and Greater Love Hath No Man by John Ireland. Led by renowned vocal director Stuart Overington, Chetham’s Chamber Choir Director and Assistant Director of the Hallé Children’s Choir, you will spend the day rehearsing these magnificent pieces by John Ireland. The event will culminate in an informal sing-through at the end of the day, accompanied by students from Chetham’s.
BOYS VOCAL PROJECT
Thursday 5 Feb, 2015
A day designed to inspire boys to sing and keep singing! This singing project for groups of male singers from the Greater Manchester Boroughs is led by young male voice expert Greg Hallam from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Following the workshop there will be a Continuing Professional Development session for vocal leaders.
Generations of Conflict; Reflections from the North West on the Great War
We are delighted to announce that we are currently planning a large-scale Outreach and Community project based around the Centenary of the First World War. Delivery of this project will begin in the Summer term, and the whole project will culminate in a black tie event on Friday 14th November at the John Rylands Library. This promises to be sensational evening in a magnificent venue, with performances by Chethams' students, new works by Outreach participants and much more! Save the date and check our website for an opportunity to buy tickets!
There will also be an open-to-all, 'come and sing' event focussing on a major choral work of the period, and a wealth of concert programmes relating to the First World War.
Recent ProjectsDouble Reed Workshop
In February we were joined by over thirty oboe and bassoon players for our Woodwind Double Reed workshop. The participants played ensemble works in their groups – from Mama Mia to Handel’s Water Music – and benefitted from specialist instrumental tuition and top tips.
“it was amazing what they managed to achieve in such a short space of time” - Parent of participant
What a MONSTER of a day!
At the end of November we were joined by 70 young people and their parents to take part in the Music and Monsters Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Beginners Day here at Chethams. Participants had a chance to try several instruments and to discover a mystery monster as well. Following the monster footprints, tracking down the hidden word, and joining in with a massed Wind Band (playing the music to Shrek) were all part of the day, and there were even goody bags to got home with! We look forward to the next event!
"[my daughter] would never have had the chance to try the oboe without this event"
"the staff were all absolutely wonderful and the students helping were a massive credit to Chetham's"
The recent Brass and Percussion 'Pictures at an Exhibition' Outreach event was a huge success! The day centred around a collaboration between Principal brass players from the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Barratt Due Institute (Norway) and Chetham's. The culmination of the day was a spectacular massed performance of 'Pictures at an Exhibition', bringing together Outreach participants and students from both Chetham's and the Barratt Due Institute.
"What a super day! It was wonderful to participate in the performance of ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ in the Atrium of your beautiful new building." Participant feedback
The Keyboard Department and Outreach Team ran the first ever beginner outreach keyboard event at Chetham’s School of Music in September 2013. Participants began with introductory sessions looking at the piano and harpsichord, before taking part in ensemble playing and creative hands-on sessions. After lunch, the day finished with a concert given by piano students from Chetham’s School of Music. We hope that this day will become a regular fixture for the piano department at Chetham's in the years to come, and look forward to the next event!
“I really enjoyed it. It was fun when I got to go on the grand piano” Project Participant.
Any support you can give to our Outreach programme will help us to give everyone in our community the chance to actively engage with music. With your support, we can continue to increase the scale of our activities, benefitting hundreds of people every year.
We are very grateful to The Arts Council for matching every pound that we receive before the end of May 2014, and continuing to give £1 for every £1.50 we raise after May.
Please help us to increase the impact we have beyond Chetham’s - working with schools, community groups and charities to provide creative learning opportunities and share musical skills with others.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped our Outreach programme to go from strength to strength. Bill Ainscough’s invaluable support for our new School Building project means that we now have a dedicated space for Outreach work at home: The Ainscough Centre for Outreach. The Arts Council have offered us critical support, both for the new School Building project and through their Catalyst scheme to benefit our Outreach programme. The Freemasons’ Grand Charity have also agreed to offer invaluable support to the Outreach Programme for three years starting in 2014, and there are a number of other supporters who would prefer to remain anonymous to whom we are also extremely grateful.
Contact the Outreach Department
Outreach Programme Contact: Emma Cunliffe
Outreach Funding Contact: Elizabeth Coulson