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Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

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Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra brings together over 90 musicians from Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest music school. The orchestra has an outstanding international reputation as one of the finest youth orchestras in the world.

'The Sorceror's Apprentice' by Dukas - performed by Chetham's Symphony Orchestra

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra has established an outstanding reputation through its concerts across the UK. Bringing together over one hundred musicians, it regularly performs under the batons of internationally renowned conductors such as Jac van Steen, Franz Anton Krager, Paul Mann, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Paul McCreesh, David Hill and Sir Mark Elder.
The CSO’s catalogue of recordings rivals that of many professional organisations and includes major works by Berlioz, Mahler, Rachmaninov, Walton, Britten, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan-Williams and Ravel.  It gave the World Premiere and the first commercial recording of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’  ‘High on the Slopes of Terror’ conducted by Stephen Threlfall, as part of the 2001 British Festival of Youth Orchestras.   
In 2003, together with the BBC Philharmonic, the CSO gave a unique concert which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 featuring former Chetham’s alumni, Wayne Marshall, Peter Donohoe and David Hill.
The CSO performs at many major venues in the country such as the Barbican, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Opera House and Royal Festival Hall – and at festivals throughout the country including those in the Lake District, Chester, North Aldeburgh and Lichfield.  This summer 2013, to mark the conclusion of the School’s extensive Britten programme, which has been supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation, the CSO will make its first visit to the Cheltenham Festival.  
Internationally, the CSO has performed in The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, USA and on the island of Ischia at the invitation of the late Lady Susanna Walton.
The Orchestra broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and for Classic FM, most recently as part of the Delius 150th Celebratory Project.
In 2014 the CSO will give a BBC broadcast concert in collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic. This will be followed by a return to the Royal Festival Hall and Lichfield Festival.

CLICK HERE to watch the CSO perform at Lancaster International Concerts

"When I worked with the Chetham's Symphony Orchestra, I found them to be a remarkable group of young musicians. Given the school's reputation, I had expected them to be full of talent. What was even more thrilling was their ability to engage in the musical problems of a vast Mahler symphony, and stretch themselves way beyond my wildest dreams. Breaking such barriers must surely be what Chets is about!"

- Sir Mark Elder

"Chetham's Symphony Orchestra performed with a richness many professional orchestras might envy"

- The Independent