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.
Family Creative DaySaturday 24th May, 10.00-3pm
Booking now open!
Please download the application form and return by post with a cheque made payable to Chetham’s School of Music by Friday 9th May 2014 to;
Outreach Team, Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB
£5 per adult/£2.50 per child
This is a day for all the family! Come along to Chethams and take part in a variety of music making workshops (including junk percussion, vocal and body percussion and using music apps), before creating your very own family compositions. We will adapt activities for children of different ages, so you can even bring your teenagers! As well as being great fun, the day will give you musical ideas to take away and use at home!
If you already play an instrument, please bring it along! If you have an iPad, iPhone or tablet, please also bring this along with you and we can show you how to make music with it! Don’t worry if you don’t have an instrument or device though, we will provide everything else you will need.
Activities will be appropriate for children aged 4+ but we understand that you may wish to bring younger children along and you are very welcome to do so, but please be aware that we don’t have baby change facilities or refreshments for purchase on-site.
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. 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