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Outreach at Chetham’s

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.



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 Director of the Hallé Youth Training 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. Tickets £10 payable on the day. Tea & Coffee included.
This event is for amateur singers, aged 16+ with experience of reading music. Vocal scores will be provided.

To book tickets for this event, please download our  booking form.


Friday 23 Jan, 2015 - 9:30am / 1:30pm / 2:30pm


Daniel Jemison, stunning bassoonist and Prinicipal with the London Symphony Orchestra will lead a masterclass, workshops and performances. 

10.30am – 12.30pm: Masterclass (Open to bassoon students grade 4 and upwards as playing participants, audience open to public).

1.30pm: Recital (£3)

2.30pm – 6.00pm: Workshops and professional development sessions for woodwind teachers

Booking for Masterclass and workshops essential. Booking forms can be downloaded here: Students' Form / Teachers' Form


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.

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Saturday 7 Feb, 2015

Our Woodwind Beginners’ Day, on Saturday 7th February 2015 will play around the theme of Space Exploration!  This year it's for absolute beginners aged 8-13 (with their top teeth!). We’ll discover new instrumental frontiers and explore music from the realms of outer space!

The journey will include trying THREE woodwind instruments, working with our renowned tutors, playing alongside our students and discovering unknown talent! At the end of the day, participants will join in and play alongside Chetham’s massed Wind Band in some intergalactic music!

This is all about trying new things so we’ll provide everything you need, including instruments to play. There will also be stalls selling instruments and music for you to look at.

For more information, please click here.

Booking is strongly advised. Please download the form here .

To reserve your places, please post us your booking form and a cheque for the admission fee (£5 per person, responsible adult free), made out to Chetham’s School of Music.

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.

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Recent Projects

A-Level Seminar - Exploring Haydn

On Thursday 16 October 2014, Chetham's hosted AS Level music students and teachers from across the region in a Study Afternoon devoted to the new set work for the AQA examination board, Haydn's London Symphony (no. 104 in D major). Mrs Sarah Oliver delivered a wide-ranging examination of Haydn's career, especially his late flowering in this country. Dr Sarah Murphy followed this with an in-depth analysis of the composer's approach to musical form, illustrated through various examples at the keyboard, which she demonstrated herself with great virtuosity. Dr Sam King conducted an orchestra of Chetham's students (led by Victoria Farrell-Reed) in a performance of movements from the Symphony and an illustrated guide to Haydn's compositional approach. Students from ten schools (including Chetham's) attended; we hope to build on this successful pilot in the future.

Double 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.


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 contact Peter Jerome on 0161 838 7202 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


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
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Outreach Funding Contact: Peter Jerome 
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