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Chetham's School of Music

Chetham's School of Music

Charity information

Chetham's School of Music

The UK's leading specialist music school, Chetham's School of Music is committed to providing opportunities to children with musical potential no matter what their background.

Founded 1653

  • Mission statement

    Chetham’s School of Music is the UK’s largest specialist music school, based in the heart of Manchester. Over the last 40 years, we have developed into an internationally-renowned centre of excellence, nurturing some of the UK’s finest young musicians, and supplying music institutions across the world with first-rate musical expertise. We pride ourselves on offering opportunities to those with musical talent from all backgrounds, and are committed to providing access no matter what the student’s personal and financial circumstances.

    Chetham’s is special because:

    * Places are awarded purely on musical ability and potential. We take young people with raw talent and turn them into the leading musicians of tomorrow.

    * Entry is open to all, regardless of background or personal circumstances. Around 90% of our UK students receive bursary support and 16% come from households with a joint income of under £12,500 and therefore pay no fees at all.

    * Chetham’s students underpin the musical heritage of the nation. Our alumni increasingly form the backbone of the UK’s major musical institutions and include many international soloists, conductors and composers.

    Students are nurtured to make the most of their ability and to develop as people. They work with the best music teachers from around the world, learning to perform as soloists and as members of groups ranging from small ensembles to a full symphony orchestra.

  • Aims

    Chetham's School of Music aims to:

    • Educate musically gifted children between the ages of 8 and 18, whatever their social, ethnic and cultural background and financial circumstances.
    • Provide as broad an academic curriculum as is possible within a specialist school and to develop the whole person, furthering the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each student.
  • Overview

    Established: January 1653

    Registered Charity Number: 526702

    Board members: 24

    Full time staff: 199

    Part time staff: 80

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 0161 838 7202

    Address: Long Millgate Manchester M3 1SB

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