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 Day
Booking to open in March – please keep checking back!
Saturday 24th May, 10.00-3pm
£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 percussion, instrument making, songwriting and using music apps), before creating your very own family compositions. We will have different groups 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!
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.
World War 1 Project
The Summer term will also see the start of the Chetham's WW1 Centenary Outreach and Community project, which will culminate in a large-scale musical event in the Autumn Term 2014. We will be working with a number of education and community groups across Greater Manchester to explore the music, fashion and mood of the times. Keep checking the website for further information as it becomes available.
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.
Contact the Outreach Department
Chetham’s School of Music
Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB
0161 834 9644
We would like to thank Bill Ainscough for his tremendous support in completing the Outreach Centre, as part of our new School Building project. We would also like to thank The Arts Council, who also made a contribution to the Ainscough Centre for Outreach, but who are also supporting our Outreach department and ongoing activities through the Catalyst Arts: building fundraising capacity scheme. We are very grateful to all support for our Outreach and Community work. The more support we can gather, the more impact we can have on the community around Chetham’s - working with schools, community groups, disability organisations and charities to provide creative learning opportunities and share musical skills with others.