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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.


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Recent Projects 


Saturday 21 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. 


Monday 16 - Friday 20 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. 

Taking a multi-generational approach the students and staff involved aimed to acknowledge the legacy of the First World War and the indelible impression it left on Manchester and its inhabitants. 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 those individuals, whose lives were forever altered in 1914.


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 was 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.

From the moment the boys came in, Greg Hallam got their attention in a fun and informal way by introducing the boys to voice exercises and warming-up tunes. They were then divided into voice parts they all felt comfortable with, and studied several pieces. All boys did a wonderful job and most certainly learned a lot over the course of the day. 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.


Sunday 18 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. The progress made throughout the day was obvious at the small performance in the late afternoon. Thanks to Stuart Overington's expert guidance, every single voice was used to its best.

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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email 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 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0161 838 7202