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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.


We have a range of exciting projects for the coming season '15-'16, there will be more information and booking details available on the website soon. Keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, if you would be interested in a community project or a performance visit to your organisation, please get in touch with us through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

15 October: AS Level Study Day
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.

Please fill in and return this booking form before 30 September to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Application Form (Word)

9 November: Double Reed Day
It will be a day for playing, listening, problem solving, sharing information, asking questions and a chance to get some 1:1 instruction and feedback in a workshop setting alongside either other bassoon and oboe specialists or non specialists.

Download more information:
Double Reed Day flyer

Want to sign up? Fill out this form and send it back to us before 2 November
Application Form (Word)

6 February: Percussion Event
Join us for a day of ensemble playing, workshops and performances based around a special arrangement of Saint- Saën’s Carnival of the Animals and the Concerto for Flute and Percussion by Gary Kettel, with flute virtuoso Anna Noakes. You’ll work with Gary and Mick Doran, Head of Percussion at Trinity Laban College of Music, as well as Chetham’s own percussion tutors, Paul Patrick, David Hext and Sophie Hastings. For all percussionists of grade 3 standard and above (minimum age 11).


Recent Projects 

Percussion Day - March 2015
On Saturday 21 March, percussionists of all ages and abilities joined us for masterclasses, technique and taster classes, ensemble-playing opportunities and performances, all led by a team of expert tutors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and Chetham’s School of Music. 

Silver Donkey - March 2015
The heroic and heart warming story of Silver Donkey is based on the novel by Sonya Hartnett, with music composed by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank. Our very own Chetham’s student Toby Hession orchestrated all the music for Chetham’s band and singers. This project, set up by the Outreach department, was a joint effort of the Bridgewater Hall and Chetham’s, resulting in an amazingly diverse cast consisting of Chetham’s students and choristers, royal Northern College of Music students, primary school children from St. Augustine’s,  Manchester College students and Audenshaw School pupils. We hope to be able to do more Outreach projects like Silver Donkey in the future, to give as many people as possible the chance of experiencing music and performing on stage.

Generations of conflict exhibition - Feb 2015
This exhibition was the culmination of our WW1 Outreach Programme, Generations of Conflict: Reflections of the Great War in the North West, in which Chetham's staff and students have worked with other schools, colleges and community groups in Greater Manchester to pay tribute to the First World War. From the first-hand oral histories we have recorded from the older generation, to the imagined soundscapes designed by our youngest contributors, the project endeavoured to facilitate some communion with the people affected by the War.

Voicemales -  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 was led by young male voice expert Greg Hallam from the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Following the workshop there was a Continuing Professional Development session for vocal leaders. We hope to see the boys again for future singing workshop or maybe even as Chetham's student. It was a pleasure working with them and we hope they enjoyed it just as much as we did.

Come and Sing - Jan 2015 
Participants enjoyed a great day of singing 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 Director of the Hallé Youth Training Choir, they spent the day rehearsing these magnificent pieces, and the event culminated in an informal sing-through at the end of the day, accompanied by students from Chetham’s. Having a diverse group of participants from all ages and experience levels, it was definitely a day to remember. Thanks to Stuart Overington's expert guidance, every single voice was used to its best.

Supporting Outreach

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. 

For more information about supporting our Outreach programme, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will make sure it gets to the right person.

Thank you

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. In addition, 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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0161 834 9644