A Student's Perspective - Boys' House 6th Form
At first, I suppose to anyone, it seems a daunting prospect joining the largest and most well-known music school in the British Isles. I had been well warned of the demands of the place, lectured severely on the arduous practice routine by, amongst others, my parents, and to someone who had only entered the grounds once to do his audition, it was easy to assume that the school was somehow elitist (just one of the stereotypes applied to those of us on the “inside”). And so, one sunny day in September 2004, I set off down the M74 with my trusty pencil and manuscript, ready to begin life in the big city...
A Student's Perspective - Girls' House, 6th Form
I have been at Chetham’s for a year and a term now, and it has been an incredible experience for me. Not only have I excelled musically, but have also been inspired by the teachers and other students. The atmosphere is great and it is wonderful being around like-minded people who are all passionate about the same thing.
A Student's Perspective - Day Student
There are many challenges that arise, for both students and teachers, when attending specialist music schools, boarding schools or even schools with few students. The main challenges are often: a healthy balance between academic and musical commitments, a happy and relaxed environment for boarders with reliable and secure pastoral care, and a sense of unity and community. Having now attended Chets for four years, I still never cease to be amazed at how well these challenges are dealt with, to the point where they no longer seem evident in daily life.
A Student's Perspective - Boys' House, Middle School
I really enjoy my life at Chets as a student. Academically I am very privileged in having fantastic teachers in all subjects which is great as I am undertaking my G.C.S.Es at the moment.
A Student's Perspective - Girls' House, Middle School
I have been at Chetham’s since I was eight years old so I’ve got to know the school really well. I have experienced life both as a boarder and a day pupil. I started as a chorister and then went on to be an instrumentalist.
A Student's Perspective - Victoria House
When I first arrived here at Chetham’s in September, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew that there were going to be a lot of musical activities, but I did wonder how we were going to fit in all of the academic work on top of all of the music.
A Student's Perspective - Chorister
Being a chorister at Chetham's is hard but very rewarding. Choristership contains rehearsals and services. If you’ve been to a church service on a Sunday before, imagine being one of the choristers. Chetham's gives you the opportunity to live that thought. Manchester Cathedral is a wonderful building with the best acoustics.