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Festival: Chetham's at 50


January 20th – December 12th, 2019

In September 1969, a small musical revolution took place in Manchester. A new intake of students was admitted to Chetham’s by musical audition, laying the foundations of the country’s first specialist music school. Many of them, for the first time in 300 years, were girls.  

Fifty years later, former Chetham’s students fill concert halls across the world – as performers, as influencers, and as audiences. Over half a century, that small revolution has rippled across the musical landscape, creating a step change in music education, accessibility and ideals.  

From January to December 2019, we celebrate the next fifty years with fifty performances, together celebrating all that Chetham’s is today. In the sublime acoustic of Chetham’s own  Stoller Hall, at Manchester’s magnificent Bridgewater Hall, across the country and overseas, Chetham’s students, alumni and friends showcase the very finest in established and emerging talet.

Don’t miss  

Striking Gold Piano Series A gathering of some of the greatest names in the keyboard world: Boris Berman, Leon McCawley, Peter Donohoe, Murray McLachlan and Paul Lewis

Manchester Vocal Weekend A weekend of lieder and opera arias, with Marcus Farnsworth, Ruby Hughes and Joseph Middleton

This Woman’s Work A celebration of women composers

200 years since Clara Schumann’s birth
50 years since the first girls joined Chetham’s

Including the world premiere of a new work by Emma-Ruth Richards, specially commissioned for International Women’s Day 2019; and a discussion with Nicola LeFanu on fifty years of progress for women in music

Mahler: Symphony No. 8 Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are joined by guest choirs, soloists and instrumentalists for a triumphant performance of Mahler’s unsurpassable ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall

For full information, visit the Chetham’s at 50 Festival website.

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ManchesterCastalian String Quartet with Gabriella Swallow

Castalian String Quartet with Gabriella Swallow
Beethoven, Janáček, Schubert
Castalian String Quartet; Gabriella Swallow

ManchesterManchester Collective: Paradise Lost

Manchester Collective: Paradise Lost
Manchester Collective; Rakhi Singh

ManchesterChetham's Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No. 8

Chetham's Symphony Orchestra: Mahler Symphony No. 8
Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Chetham's Symphony Orchestra; Stephen Threlfall; Chetham's Chorus; Leeds Festival Chorus; St George's Singers; Choristers of Manchester Cathedral

ManchesterChetham's Chamber Orchestra - A William Walton Celebration

Chetham's Chamber Orchestra - A William Walton Celebration
Walton, Elgar
Stephen Threlfall; Chetham's Chamber Orchestra

ManchesterThe Complete Beethoven Piano Trios: Concert I

The Complete Beethoven Piano Trios: Concert I
Jiafeng Chen; Jianing Kong