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WHAT’S ON Autumn Winter 2019-20

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Welcome From intimate chamber music to orchestral grandeur, from folk and jazz to rock and pop … you’ll find something here to inspire you! This autumn and winter, The Stoller Hall invites you to share in a rich programme of events across three beautiful and contrasting venues. The Stoller Hall itself is a flawless and intimate space where you can immerse yourself in live music, whilst its smaller sister the Carole Nash Hall welcomes a growing folk programme in a cosy and informal environment. And we’re delighted to be working more closely with Chetham’s Library, to share their programme of literary and heritage events in Manchester’s oldest surviving buildings, dating to 1421. We celebrate the best of chamber music including internationally renowned quartets and spectacular soloists including Raphael Wallfisch, Jennifer Pike, Paul Lewis and Miloš Karadaglić. We also host some extraordinary ensembles: the young professional talents of Sinfonia Cymru perform a programme designed around the accordion; Manchester Camerata continue our five-year ‘Mozart Made In Manchester’ collaboration (chosen as ‘Album of the Week’ by both Classic FM and The Sunday Times); whilst Manchester Collective create radical human experience through live performance. Meanwhile, our contemporary music programme brings you household names from the worlds of folk, jazz, rock and pop, in live shows enhanced by our exceptional venues. If this weren’t enough, there are numerous opportunities to participate in our ‘Inside Track’ events, suited to all ages and experiences. Take a seat in the orchestra and learn how a performance comes together; experience the wonder of numbers explored through music; and join us to celebrate our region’s creativity in Festival50, when groups from across the North West showcase the thriving visual and performing arts in our local communities. Whilst you’re here, join us for pre-event drinks in the Atrium. We’ve heard you asking us to make things cosier, and we’ve been working hard to improve our layout and service - arrive early to soak up the ambience of this spectacular space. Christmas will be extra special, with delicious mulled wine and cider, and seasonal treats to get you in the festive spirit. Take your pick from classical recitals, traditional carols, folk music, or big band favourites. Whatever you choose, we look forward to welcoming you to The Stoller Hall!

Fran Healey, General Manager

Front cover features L-R: Miloš Karadaglic (© The Artist), Raphael Wallfisch (© Alastair Merrill), Catrin Finch (© Rhys Frampton)

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Thank You We are grateful to our supporters: Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust Alan Torevell Ambache Charitable Trust Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Ann Brooks Annette Stewart Arts Council England Association of Independent Museums Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust David Gaskill David Russell Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund Donors to our 50th Anniversary Fund Eric Whittaker Garrick Charitable Trust Gill Williamson Graham and Vera Hale Harry and Laura Ross Hulme Trust Estates Humphrey Chetham Club members Ian Bateman Ivor and Gail De Meza Jacana Care Trust Jim Spencer John and Sarah Davnall John Mackay Lady Rosalind Hurn Leverhulme Trust Mark Griffiths and Jacqueline Jarvis Martin and Louise Spurrier Patrons of Chetham’s Library Peter and Elizabeth Fothergill PRS Foundation Rayna and Peter Jackson Seat and Room Naming donors Stanley Picker Trust Stockport Recorded Music Club The Booth Charities The Crispa Charitable Trust The Friends of Chetham’s The Garfield Weston Foundation The Hargreaves and Ball Family Trust The Haworth Trust The Ida Carroll Trust The Michael Bishop Foundation The Oglesby Charitable Trust The Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, DL The RVW Trust The Stoller Charitable Trust The Zochonis Charitable Trust William Walton and La Mortella Trust

Using this Guide Look out for the following colour categories to help you find similar events throughout this guide:

Classical & Chamber Folk, Jazz & Contemporary Thought & Language Heritage & Art People & Personalities Groups & Workshops Chetham’s Outreach Ensembles in Residence:

Manchester Collective Northern Chamber Orchestra

All donors who wish to remain anonymous, those who have given gifts under £1,000 and those who have left a gift to Chetham’s in their Will.

Registered charity no. 526702 Back cover features L-R: Jennifer Pike (© Arno), Richard Jobson (© AGMP). Above photo © Daniel Hopkinson

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AGMP presents An Evening with Richard Jobson of The Skids Thursday 5 September, Doors 7pm £22 Meet & Greet £49.50

Special guests Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. Four albums as lead singer and songwriter with The Skids included hit singles such as the immortal Into The Valley. Next came The Armoury Show, with Richard on vocals once again, and then his first role as a TV presenter on magazine show, 01 for London, and as a film reviewer for Sky TV. In 2017 The Skids reawakened for a successful UK tour and the first new album in over three decades – the perfect moment for Richard to release his memoirs, Into The Valley, through Wymer Publishing. Joining Richard onstage are Bruce and Jamie Watson of Big Country, who perform their own set before stepping out alongside Richard for acoustic renditions of his genre-defining back catalogue.

Richard Jobson © Nick Henderson

Chetham’s Library Heritage Open Days Monday 16 September, 11am-4pm Free Event

For one day only, visit Chetham’s Library free of charge to celebrate People Power, as Heritage Open Days mark 200 years since Peterloo. Chetham’s is the oldest public library in the English speaking world, and home to volumes dating back to the 13th century, including a rich collection of local, social and political history. Its ancient gated book presses house many of the research materials used for Mike Leigh’s acclaimed film exploring the events on St Peter’s Field in August 1819, which will be displayed for visitors in the atmospheric Reading Room. Alongside them stands the desk at which, 30 years later, Marx and Engels met in Manchester to explore the ideas leading to The Communist Manifesto - two key moments in the journey to democracy and equality, encapsulated in a single room. As part of Heritage Open Days 2019, enjoy free access to Chetham’s Library and its surrounding courtyard. The oldest surviving buildings in Manchester include the vaulted medieval Baronial Hall, the decorative Audit Room – home to Elizabethan magus Dr Dee – and the charming, cloistered Fox Court.

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In spring 2019, the ‘technically brilliant’ violinist Jiafeng Chen performed the entire Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the intimate setting of the Carole Nash Hall, accompanied by virtuosic pianist Jianing Kong. They return to present the complete cycle of Piano Trios over three concerts, joined by distinguished cellist Nicholas Jones, to celebrate the great composer in the autumn preceding his 250th birthday.

Beethoven Piano Trios Tuesday 17 September, 7pm Tuesday 1 October, 7pm Tuesday 12 November, 7pm Carole Nash Hall Jiafeng Chen violin Nicholas Jones cello Jianing Kong piano £9 £6.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Author, podcaster, presenter, YouTuber, mother and wife, Giovanna Fletcher brings her first ever Happy Mum, Happy Baby tour to The Stoller Hall. A delightful addition to her Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling book of the same name, the tour sees Giovanna giving her personal account of motherhood and discussing all aspects of parenthood.

Happy Mum, Happy Baby Live Saturday 21 September Doors 7pm General admission £24.50 Premium £37

Giovanna has become a social media phenomenon, adding warmth, humour and relatability to every conversation and sharing a twice-weekly podcast on all aspects of her life – from her husband Tom Fletcher of the band McFly, to her boys Buzz, Buddy and Max and her sister-in-law Carrie.

Premium ticket holders will receive an exclusive goody bag and a view from one of the best seats in the house

Giovanna Fletcher © The Artist

Manchester Camerata: Mozart, Made in Manchester Wednesday 25 September, 7.30pm Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano Gábor Takács-Nagy conductor £37.50, £30.50, £22.50 £33.95-£19.45 for audiences aged 60+ and jobseekers £4 for under 19s £3 for students

MOZART Overture to Il ré pastore, K. 208 Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201 Piano Concerto No. 8 in C major, K. 246 Overture from Zaide, K. 344 Piano Concerto No. 9 in Eb major, K. 271 ‘Jeunehomme’

Manchester Camerata and The Stoller Hall continue their ambitious shared project to perform and record Mozart’s complete piano concertos and opera overtures for the first time in Manchester. Joined by a quartet of Chetham’s students, the partnership between Camerata’s innovative Music Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has gained effusive praise across the first three concerts in the cycle, augmented by the energy and talent of Manchester Camerata - dubbed “probably Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” - and the young players at their sides. Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2 per ticket on all purchases

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Citizen Cope - see facing page © Michael Sterling Eaton

Music for Organ and Brass Tuesday 1 October, 7.30pm Manchester Cathedral £16, £11 £13 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

Fitzwilliam String Quartet - see page 15 © Peter Searle

David Hill Organ Chetham’s Brass Ensemble

“What an extraordinary contribution to our nation’s musical life he has made!” The Telegraph As a choirmaster, conductor, composer and organist, David Hill is renowned for his fine musicianship and his distinguished achievement across the sector. The holder of prestigious posts including Music Director of the Bach Choir and Associate Guest Conductor of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, he returns to the place where it all began – Chetham’s School of Music and Manchester Cathedral – where he launched his musical training in earnest. David is joined by outstanding young brass players from Chetham’s as he performs for the first time on the magnificent Stoller Organ in neighbouring Manchester Cathedral.


Name a seat in The Stoller Hall and leave a legacy that can be enjoyed for years to come. A named seat is a wonderful way to mark your support of Chetham’s, to celebrate a love of music or to remember a loved one, and can be yours for a donation from £500. For further information please visit or contact the Development Team: 0161 838 7206

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Hannah James and the JigDoll Ensemble Tuesday 8 October, 8pm £14

Hannah James has been an unmatched force of innovation in British folk for nearly two decades. A multi-faceted performer, James’ virtuosic talent spans all her four disciplines: singer, accordionist, composer and clog dancer. She has amassed an international touring career, multiple award nominations, and credits in some of Britain’s most respected folk projects, including Lady Maisery and Songs of Separation. In 2015, James introduced her one-woman show, JigDoll. This innovative debut reinvented the notion of solo performance by combining all four disciplines simultaneously in an immersive, unforgettable song and dance experience. Utilising cuttingedge looping technology with vocal, accordion and composition skill, a multi-layered soundscape is woven onstage, providing the backdrop for James’ spellbinding fusion of traditional and wholly original dance.

Brodsky Quartet with Martin Roscoe Thursday 10 October, 7.30pm £20, £13 £17, £11.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82 String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts across the world. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore - the quartet stands up to perform, bringing a new brilliance to familiar pieces - guarantees energy and craftsmanship in abundance. The quartet is joined by celebrated North West pianist Martin Roscoe for an all-Elgar programme. This late trio of works, all composed in 1918, enjoy rich Manchester connections: the Quartet was written for an earlier Brodsky Quartet following a meeting in the city; whilst the Quintet is dedicated to Ernest Newman, then critic of the Manchester Guardian.

AGMP presents Citizen Cope Friday 11 October, Doors 7pm £24.50

Heroin and Helicopters Tour with special guest Jo Harman “Citizen Cope is DC’s finest export since Marvin Gaye” The Washington Post American Urban-folk artist Citizen Cope has built a following organically over the years since his 2002 debut album. His single Let The Drummer Kick eventually went Platinum without any support from commercial radio. In 2004, Cope followed up his self-titled debut with The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, an album Vibe Magazine praised as “flawless throughout”. Songs from the record would go on to be covered by everyone from Carlos Santana and Sheryl Crow to Richie Havens and Rhymefest, and in the years that followed, Cope has shared stages with superstars like Eric Clapton. His latest album Heroin and Helicopters is out now on Rainwater Recordings.

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Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Petrushka Friday 18 October, 7.30pm Paul Mann conductor Yixuan Ren violin £19, £16, £11 £15.40 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

Inside Track Inside The Orchestra Saturday 12 October, 2.30pm

HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 STRAVINSKY Petrushka

Chetham’s alumnus Paul Mann – former Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, and noted for his musicality, versatility and breadth of repertoire – conducts the School’s flagship orchestra in Petrushka, Stravinsky’s ballet burlesque, animating the lives and loves of a puppet trio and the revelry of Mardi Gras. Preceding the symphony will be Tchaikovsky’s only violin concerto, its lyrical, folk inspired solo part performed by 15 year old Yixuan Ren, a winner of Chetham’s 2019 Concerto Auditions; and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses, begun as an arrangement for ballet and developed into a more complex and contrasting symphonic work. Join Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra onstage to explore the context and challenges of this autumn’s programme. How does an orchestra come together? What makes music work? What links a conductor and a puppeteer? Presented by Tom Redmond, with Paul Mann and the young players of Chetham’s, it’s a rare chance to take your own seat in the orchestra.


A Chetham’s Outreach Event:

Festival50 joined in/joined up Saturday 19 - Sunday 20 October All Day Free Event Register in advance to help us plan for your visit

Festival50 marks fifty years of learning and diversity at Chetham’s with a lively weekend showcasing the region’s creative spirit. Arts, educational and community groups join our celebrations to present 50 visual and performing arts responses to the Festival50 theme: joined in/joined up. Their artistic, musical and dance pieces are showcased in our unique performance and display spaces. Free of charge to audiences, and with all donations supporting our dynamic Outreach department, it’s a superb opportunity for community artists of all ages, backgrounds and genres to showcase their works, support one another, build partnerships and exchange ideas. Will you join in? Find out more at!

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Live Nation presents Lissie Piano Retrospective Tour Wednesday 23 October, Doors 7pm

With special guest Later Youth When you look back on your past accomplishments, how do you feel? Do you have a strong sense of nostalgia - an urgent longing to bring things back to how they were? Are there things you wish you could have done differently? What would you celebrate, and what would you change? For Lissie, her past - the last decade or so, to be specific - is something still very much alive and open to interpretation or rephrasing. With the approaching release of When I’m Alone: The Piano Retrospective, the singer is poised to show listeners that her past is hardly static, that the songs she wrote nearly ten years ago are still fresh and vibrant, and to evoke feelings both old and new.


Lissie © Red Light Management

Sinfonia Cymru with James Crabb accordion

PIAZZOLLA Libertango; Romance del Diablo; La Muerte del Angel PÄRT Fratres VIVALDI Concerto in F major, RV 542 Kalevi AHO Kolme Tangoa A AGRI/J CARLI Desde Adentro PIAZZOLLA Aconcagua Concerto

Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm £20 £17 for audiences aged 65+ £13 for under 35s £3.50 for students & u18s

Sinfonia Cymru is a dynamic chamber orchestra formed of players in the early years of their professional careers, all aged under 30 and drawn from the best young musical talent across the UK. Alongside their immense talent, they bring unbridled commitment and enthusiasm to their playing - much to the delight of their enhusiastic audience members. Sinfonia Cymru is an orchestra in demand - 2018/19 performances included Tosca with Sir Bryn Terfel at the Abu Dhabi Festival, and the ensemble was chosen for both the opening concert of Sir Karl Jenkins’ 75th birthday tour and a tour of Wales with Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

James Crabb © The Artist

Appearing with Sinfonia Cymru is the Scottish accordionist, James Crabb. For those of you who might think of the accordion as just a ‘squeeze box’, James is the man to change your mind. His playing combines technical virtuosity with the utmost musical sensitivity. James is well-used to playing in a chamber orchestra context, having formed a fruitful partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra since moving there a few years ago. The programme includes his own arrangements of Piazzolla repertoire, his speciality, alongside music by Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt and Finnish composer, Kalevi Aho.

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Jennifer Pike - see page 15 Š Arno

John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan perform together as 6 Hands, 3 Guitars - see page 12

Raphael Wallfisch - see facing page Š Alastair Merrill

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Chetham’s Library with Manchester Gothic Festival Faking Gothic Furniture Tuesday 29 October, 5.30pm Baronial Hall Offered as a free event thanks to the support of Manchester Gothic Festival

Murray McLachlan piano Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

George Shaw (1810–76), a local lad from Uppermill, Saddleworth, was fascinated by medieval architecture, sculpture, and heraldry even as a teenager. In the 1840s this interest took a dark turn: instead of undertaking sober antiquarian studies of local families, architectural fragments, and material culture, he used his knowledge of the medieval to create mock Tudor and Elizabethan furniture for the Duke of Northumberland, the Earls of Bedford and Derby, and also Chetham’s. Most of this fake furniture was actually based upon one genuine piece of medieval woodwork: the State Bed of Henry VII originally made for the Painted Chamber, Palace of Westminster. This lecture looks at the origins of Shaw’s Gothic forgeries, and shows how harmless antiquarian enquiry turned into a business based upon deceit. There will be time after the lecture to inspect some of Shaw’s furniture, held at Chetham’s Library. BRAHMS The Three Piano Sonatas Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1 Sonata No. 2 in F# major, Op. 2 Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5

Murray McLachlan is Chetham’s Head of Keyboard, as well as a former student of the school, Chair of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK and Director and Founder of Chetham’s much-loved International Piano Series, which takes over The Stoller Hall each August. Murray continues the School’s 50th anniversary celebrations with all three of Brahms’ Piano Sonatas, written within a year from 1852-53, whilst Brahms was only 19 and 20 years old. In the extensive Third Sonata Brahms draws heavily on Beethoven, with motives from the earlier composer’s Fifth Symphony recurring throughout its five movements.

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch cello

HOLST St Paul’s Suite in C major, Op. 29 No. 2 TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 WEINBERG Cello Concertino, Op. 43 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in Bb major, D485

Friday 8 November, 7.30pm

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most distinguished solo cellists of our time, has a long association with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He plays Tchaikovsky’s original version of the Rococo Variations, which marries the expressive power of the instrument with the virtuosity of its player.

£27, £19, £13 £5.50 for students Free for under 18s Supported by Arts Council England

Raphael gives the UK première of the concertino by Mieczysław Weinberg, a contemporary of Shostakovich who surpassed his friend in the quantity of symphonies and quartets he composed, and whose work has recently gained new recognition from critics and audiences alike. First though, Gustav Holst shows the perfection of his string writing in St Paul’s Suite, making characterful use of folk tunes; whilst the evening ends with the ever fresh Fifth Symphony by the youthful Franz Schubert.

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6 Hands - 3 Guitars

John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan

Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm

Six hands weave together two musical traditions, as three giants of the guitar world form a Jazz and classical supergroup on The Stoller Hall stage.


John Willliams has long been celebrated as one of the foremost ambassadors of the guitar. His long-acclaimed collaboration with John Etheridge - a player at the centre of the UK Jazz and progressive music scene - has grown still richer, in recent years, with the addition of Gary Ryan, renowned for his sensational playing and his brilliantly-crafted compositions. Together, these three unmissable masters of their craft present a colourful and varied programme of solos, duos and trios, in a programme which has played to sold out venues right across the UK.

Adam Walker flute Friday 15 November, 7pm Carole Nash Hall £6.50 £5.50 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s Supported by Powell Flutes

Inside Track A Chetham’s Outreach Event:

Focus on Flutes Friday 15 November, from 4pm Masterclasses, workshops and professional training £11 We think participants aged 11 to adult will benefit most from these workshops.

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MOZART Rondo in D major; Andante in C major MESSIAEN Vocalise FRANCK Sonata in A major Nicholas Oliver piano

Adam Walker is Principal Flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as an internationally celebrated soloist and chamber musician, and visiting professor of the Royal College of Music. He leads a day of performance and learning for flautists and audience members of all ages, ending with an up-close recital of flute repertoire and arrangements in the Carole Nash Hall. Join professional flautists from Chetham’s expert staff for an early evening event, focussed on flutes of all shapes and sizes. Young musicians and amateur players are invited to a choice of participatory sessions, helping them to develop technique, improvisation skills and preparation for exams. For flute teachers, meanwhile, focussed professional training sessions look at successful methods to challenge, support and develop students’ performance. Afterwards, observe Adam Walker leading a public masterclass and gain professional playing tips as he coaches young players from Chetham’s in presentation, performance and technique; and chat to representatives from Powell Flutes to enjoy specialist advice or try out instruments.

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Figures and fractions, patterns and pulses, music, measures and multiplication …the wonder of numbers explored through music!

A Chetham’s Outreach Event:

Sound Sums Schools Friday 15 November, 10am & 11.30am Families Saturday 16 November, 11am Early Years drop in from 10.15am

This school and family event presented by our energetic and inspiring Outreach Ensemble will get you buzzing about music and numbers. If you’re a young Number Whizz, bring your grown-ups along to see if they are clever enough to work out the musical clues and solve our giant number puzzle. We think children aged 6 and over will enjoy this concert the most.

£47.50 per class

A class ticket costing £47.50 includes 35 seats for adults and children. Smaller or larger groups may be accommodated - please get in touch.

£10 adult £7 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s £28 family of 5, including 1 or more children

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The next big Jazz talent …Chetham’s Big Bands and Jazz ensembles have performed with artists including Gwilym Simcock, Mike Lovatt and Iain Ballamy, showcasing their finest ensemble and solo skills through standards of the repertoire and contemporary compositions.

Chetham’s Big Band Saturday 16 November, 7.30pm £12

With every Chetham’s student invited to participate in Jazz improvisation classes and ensemble rehearsals from their first weeks in the school, it’s little wonder that numerous alumni have progressed to leading Jazz courses and award-winning careers across the UK.

£10 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet Tuesday 19 November, 7.30pm £17, £15, £11 £13.80 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s


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Programme includes: Carlos Rafael RIVERA Cumba-Quin REINHARDT arr. Mike BAKER Minor Swing from Chocolat Catriona McKAY arr. Mike BAKER The Swan LK243 Clarice ASSAD Danças Nativas

The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet is a dynamic and innovative ensemble, formed and trained in Manchester and now recognised nationwide for its quality of performance, expansive repertoire and ground breaking work across the guitar quartet medium. The quartet has performed extensively across the UK and abroad to critical acclaim, and is admired for its original arrangements of music from a wide range of styles, periods and cultures. Featuring the Grammy nominated Danças Nativas by Clarice Assad, arrangements from much loved films including Chocolat, and an eclectic mix from the group’s five highly praised Chandos CDs, this programme draws on music from around the globe and includes many of the quartet’s most popular pieces. Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2 per ticket on all purchases

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Manchester Collective The Centre is Everywhere Saturday 23 November, 8pm £18 £11 for audiences under the age of 30 Manchester Collective’s commission of The Centre is Everywhere by Edmund Finnis is kindly supported by the PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial.

LIGETI String Quartet No. 1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’ with VIVALDI Concerto Nos. 1-4 ‘The Four Seasons’ Edward FINNIS The Centre is Everywhere world première tour STRAUSS Metamorphosen, TrV 290/AV 142 Rakhi Singh violin, Music Director His music is a breath on the wind. His music is light dancing on water. His music is a lover’s whisper in the dead of night. It is both beautiful and strange.

Manchester Collective proudly present a beautiful and mysterious new work by Edmund Finnis. The Centre is Everywhere will be performed across seven cities by the full Manchester Collective lineup of twelve solo string players. Alongside Finnis’ “iridescent and compelling” music (The Guardian), the show also features an unholy mashup of Ligeti’s Métamorphoses Nocturnes and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, performed by Artistic Director, Rakhi Singh. It closes with Richard Strauss’ devastating Metamorphosen - a piece of music written by an old, dying man during the last months of the Second World War. The piece is an elegy for Europe.

Rakhi Singh © Manchester Collective

Carcanet at 50: Poem of the Week with Carol Rumens Sunday 24 November, 3pm Chetham’s Library £8 including a complimentary drink £6 for senior citizens, students, jobseekers & disabled visitors

“Metamorphosen is a piece we’ve wanted to play for a long time - it’s a real ‘Mount Everest’ for string players - and we can’t wait to share it with you in this, our largest and most ambitious programme to date.” Manchester Collective Carol Rumens’ popular ‘Poem of the Week’ blog has been featuring in The Guardian for more than a dozen years. Join her and Carcanet’s Michael Schmidt for a wide-ranging conversation about poetry, how to read it, how to illuminate it with commentary and context, and participate in the launch of Smart Devices: 52 Poems from the Guardian ‘Poem of the Week’. Poems are presented with Carol’s sparkling commentary and some of the online comments that have sparked debates down the years. We are joined by local writers and literary figures including Simon Armitage, Helen Mort, SuAndi, Afshan D’souza Lodhi, Stephen Raw, Matthew Frost and Zaffar Kunial, who will read their favourite Carcanet poems from the blog. Tickets for this event are available from Manchester Literature Festival Please visit or call 0843 208 0500

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Fitzwilliam String Quartet Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm

SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet Movement in Eb major ‘Unfinished Quartet’ MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’ SHOSTAKOVICH Two Pieces for String Quartet: Elegy & Polka HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op. 50 No. 6 ‘The Frog’

Having made its debut performance in 1969, the Fitzwilliam is now one of the longest established string quartets in the world. One of many highlights in its fifty year journey was a close personal association with Dmitri Shostakovich and a central role in championing his works; the great composer himself described the Fitzwilliams as his, “preferred performers of my quartets”.

£17, £15, £11 £13.80 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

The quartet’s virtuosic programme for The Stoller Hall includes two works by Shostakovich himself, alongside one of Mozart’s most celebrated compositions in the genre and Haydn’s witty and energetic ‘The Frog’.

Jennifer Pike violin with Martin Roscoe piano Tuesday 3 December, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

BACEWICZ Polish Capriccio ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor, Op. 82 Jeremy PIKE Violin Sonata RÓSZA Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song, Op. 4

Renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique," the unique artistry of Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm since she won the BBC Young Musician competition aged 12, whilst studying at Chetham's. Jennifer's interest in repertoire which shares her Polish heritage has seen her curate a three day festival at Wigmore Hall and, in early 2019, release her new album, The Polish Violin, to critical acclaim. In this concert she combines Eastern Europe with English idyll in Elgar's Violin Sonata, inspired by the 'wood magic' of his local Sussex woodland; and with a work written by her father, Jeremy Pike, to celebrate his own 60th birthday.

Chetham’s Library Unscripted Thursday 5 December & Thursday 27 February, 6pm £22 Capacity is limited and all events sold out last year – book fast to avoid disappointment!

After the Library has closed to the public and the dust of the day has settled, the buildings come alive for a unique and magical experience. Join us for an exclusive self-guided tour through the medieval stone passages, secret staircases and richly panelled rooms as night begins to fall. Lights will be low, shadows will be long and the air will be thick with the silence of centuries as you wander freely without a guide through this richly atmospheric space, finishing in the Baronial Hall for a glass of wine and an informal chat with staff and curators of one of the most ancient and lovely buildings in the city centre. Come with an open mind and expect some surprises!

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A Christmas Carnival Sunday 8 December, 3.30pm £9 £7 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

Norman COCKER Chetham’s Symphony Gerald LITTLEWOOD Psalm No. 150 SAINT-SAËNS The Carnival of the Animals Featuring Roger Wright, Simon Wright and David Hill Presented by Tom Redmond

On 6 December 1969, Chetham’s Intermediate Orchestra performed The Carnival of the Animals. Fifty years later the school is doing it again, along with a selection of carols and instrumental works from Chetham’s Christmasses through the ages. Former students Roger Wright – now Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, and former Director of the BBC Proms – and his brother Simon Wright, conductor, organist and Musical Director of the Britten Singers – lead an orchestra of students past and present in a festive journey through Chetham’s history, and a celebration of those visionaries who created this unique musical community half a century ago.

Paul Lewis piano Thursday 12 December, 7.30pm £19 £15.40 for audiences aged 65+ £3.50 for students & u19s

A Causley Christmas Thursday 12 December, 8pm Carole Nash Hall £11

BEETHOVEN 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in G major, ­D894

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. A former Chetham’s student, he closes the School's 50th anniversary year with a recital featuring Schubert’s profound, posthumous Piano Sonata in A minor, and Beethoven’s intricate, virtuosic Diabelli Variations. The winner of numerous awards, and one of the foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire, Paul’s interpretations range from “white hot intensity” (Independent) to the “immensely thoughtful and refined” (Guardian), demonstrating the full breadth and talent of this remarkable performer. Join acclaimed folk musician Jim Causley in celebrating the Christmas season. Let him entertain you with lesser known songs from the West Country, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, and his own settings of moving Christmas poems. Tuck into mulled wine and mince pies in our cosy Carole Nash Hall as you enjoy a gurt dollop of festive fun, songs of over-indulgence, and a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the overcommercialisation of ‘Christmas present’ then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

Add some Christmas cheer! Pre-book a delicious mince pie and mulled wine for just £2 when ordered with your ticket.

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Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times Saturday 14 December, 8pm £18

In an unmissable one-off collaboration, five of the English folk scene’s most inventive artists bring you Awake Arise - A Christmas Show For Our Times. Celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions, the show reflects upon the hope and resilience in music and song and the joy they can bring to all of us in the darkest season. Award winning trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for nearly a decade produced “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene” (Guardian). The beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith complete the powerful lineup, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim. “Rousing stuff” (Observer).

Awake Arise © Fancourt Music

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra Mistletoe & Miller Saturday 21 December, 7.30pm £26

A festive Big Band spectacular, celebrating the unique voices of Glenn Miller and the Rat Pack - with a liberal sprinkling of Christmas cheer. Swing into the season of goodwill with the explosive sound of the best Big Band in the land, taking you on a sleigh ride through legendary dancehall classics all the way to Yuletide favourites. Described as “The best band currently playing the music anywhere in the world” by BBC Radio 2’s Malcolm Laycock, it’s the perfect night to get you ‘In the Mood’ for Christmas!

Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2 per ticket on all purchases

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Chetham’s Library Founded in 1653, Chetham’s is the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Tucked away in the heart of Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, this wonderfully atmospheric place is a remarkable legacy of the city’s pre-industrial past. Join knowledgeable volunteers for tours of the Library every weekday. Take a seat at the very desk where Marx and Engels’ research led to The Communist Manifesto, and view facsimiles of the very books they pored through; admire the Hogwarts-esque gated shelves, home to over 60,000 of the UK’s rarest volumes, many of them dating back more than two centuries. Included in the collection are Matthew Paris’ Flores Historiarum, a stunning medieval illuminated manuscript dated to the 13th century; 17th century first editions of Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, a wooden hand printing press and typecase from a similar era, in active use in Manchester until the 1800s; and extensive local collections, from the Peterloo Massacre to the revelries at Belle Vue.

Visit Chetham’s Library Packed with historical facts and fascinating stories, tours of Chetham’s Library are led by our expert volunteers from Monday to Friday. Advance booking is highly recommended as visitor numbers to these delicate ancient buildings are carefully restricted. Weekday tours £6.50 Concessions are available to students, under 19s and over 65s

View tour dates and times, and book online, at

Weekend Tours On Saturdays, extended tours are led by local historian and tour guide Jonathan Schofield take in both the stunning Library and, whenever possible, the surrounding medieval buildings, built in 1421 to accommodate a college of priests at neighbouring Manchester Cathedral. Additional features could include the timbered Baronial Hall – one of the best preserved 15th century spaces of its kind – the charming cloisters of Fox Court, and the elegant Audit Room, once home to Elizabethan magus Doctor Dee.

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Special Events Throughout the year, Chetham’s Library and Baronial Hall welcome visitors to a series of special events celebrating literature, heritage and learning. Visit the website regularly for the latest events listings, or join us this autumn and winter to spend the evening in these remarkable spaces.

Heritage Open Days - page 4 Monday 16 September For one day only, free access to explore Chetham’s Library and medieval buildings

Faking Gothic Furniture - page 11 Tuesday 29 October, 5.30pm Discover local lad George Shaw, who became an audacious forger of ancient furnishings, and view his creations in Chetham’s collection with Manchester Gothic Festival

Carcanet at 50 - page 14 Sunday 24 November, 3pm Celebrate the bicentenary of Manchester’s beloved poetry publishers with Manchester Literature Festival

Unscripted - page 15 Thursday 5 December, 6pm Thursday 27 February, 6pm After the dust of the day has settled, the buildings come alive...

Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2 per ticket on all purchases

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Miloš Karadaglić guitar Wednesday 15 January, 7.30pm £27

Firmly positioned as a leading exponent of his instrument, Miloš Karadaglić continues to top record charts and delight audiences worldwide. The first ever guitarist to have performed in solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall, where his performance saw him acclaimed as, “not only a magician, but a serious and accomplished musician” (Guardian). A champion of both classical guitar repertoire and contemporary composers, Miloš has premièred works by Joby Talbot and Howard Shore, among many others, and enjoyed global success with three albums released on Deutsche Grammophon. His first ever visit to The Stoller Hall provides a rare opportunity to hear “classical music’s guitar hero” (BBC Music Magazine) in an intimate acoustic in which every touch of the string comes vividly to life.

Miloš Karadaglić © The Artist

Best of Brass The Stoller Hall hosts the superb concert series, Best of Brass, featuring many of the country’s finest brass bands in concert and competition. The Autumn Winter season sees performances by the outstanding Foden’s Band; the world famous Black Dyke Band and, for Christmas, the world’s number one ranked Cory Band. It's a superb opportunity for brass lovers to enjoy the very best ensembles, brought to still more scintillating life in the brilliant acoustic of The Stoller Hall. Best of Brass is promoted by, an online streaming service showcasing many of the most significant brass band events from around the world. Programme coming soon - follow us online for the latest news Book now at

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Northern Chamber Orchestra with Colin Currie and Elizabeth Jordan

GRIEG Praeludium from Holberg Suite, Op. 40 Stephen BARLOW Nocturne for Solo Clarinet, Marimba and Strings Kurt SCHWERTSIK Now you hear me, now you don’t, Op. 102 DELIUS Two Aquarelles DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings in E major Op. 22

Friday 17 January, 7.30pm

Northern Chamber Orchestra welcomes the marvellously talented Scottish percussionist, Colin Currie. He’s playing an entertaining piece by contemporary Viennese composer Kurt Schwertsik, whose works are characterised by his particular exploration of tonality, musical irony and humour. Colin also partners NCO’s principal clarinet, Elizabeth Jordan, in the atmospheric Nocturne by Stephen Barlow, with whom the orchestra spent many happy years in the pit at the Buxton Festival, and who conducts the piece during the concert.

Colin Currie percussion Elizabeth Jordan clarinet £27, £19, £13 £5.50 for students Free for under 18s

Dvořák’s Serenade, in five movements, contains a waltz, a scherzo and one of his loveliest slow movements. The highspirited finale eventually returns to the benign calm of the opening section, giving an arch-like structure to the whole piece. Delius’ glowing harmonies and Grieg’s bracing opener make up the rest of the programme.

Supported by Arts Council England

Catrin Finch is a remarkable and fearless artist, one of the world’s leading harp players, whose career has featured both orchestral solos and collaborations with leading world music artists including Toumani Diabate and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, with whom she forms “one of the most popular world music acts of this decade” (Songlines).

Catrin Finch & Cimarrón Thursday 23 January, 7.30pm £20

Catrin Finch © Rhys Frampton

The 6-piece Grammy-nominated Cimarrón performs joropo dance music from the cattle-rearing plains of the Orinoco, rooted in a deep tradition defined by the mestizo mixed heritage of African, Spanish and indigenous cultures, and led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas. Fast paced and powerful, Cimarrón’s music bursts with impetuous singing, amazing stomp dancing and the fierce instrumental virtuosity of strings and percussion. A rare chance to witness a thrilling global collaboration.

Cimarrón © The Artist

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Ecstatic Dances © Manchester Collective

Manchester Collective Ecstatic Dances

Poul Høxbro pipes and drums Paul Clark composer

Saturday 25 January, 8pm

Poul Høxbro has been called ‘the great man of small instruments’. He’s an endlessly fascinating and inspiring musician - a Danish master of ancient flutes and bells, of bones and drums.

£18 £11 for audiences under the age of 30

“Full disclosure - Ecstatic Dances feels scary for us. New work is always frightening, mostly because until you start making it, you never really know what you’re going to end up with. Fortunately, we’re not particularly fond of being comfortable. Come join us on tour. Let’s get risky.” Manchester Collective Book now at

Whilst he and Manchester Collective were building this show, there was a moment when they realised that this combination of instruments had literally never been heard before. The set they are presenting is all new - terrifyingly, ink-barely-dry new. Ancient music, brought vividly to life for 21st century ears. Rounding out the artistic team is composer Paul Clark, who makes his Manchester Collective debut fresh off the back of a hugely successful collaboration with Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw at The Shed in New York.

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The Adventure continues... Manchester Collective at The Stoller Hall in 2020 Cries and Whispers Friday 13 March, 8pm Our string quartet concerts are some of the most personal shows that we build. There’s something about that particular lineup which feels terrifyingly intimate - like there’s a direct connection between each of the four players, and every listener in the room.

Voice of the Whale Saturday 2 May, 8pm In 1969, George Crumb heard a tape recording of undersea sounds emitted by a humpback whale. The experience never left him, and eventually inspired one of his most enigmatic pieces of music: Vox Balanae, or ‘Voice of the Whale’.

Enescu Octet Saturday 20 June

Photography © Manchester Collective

Quite simply, we’ve put a bunch of our favourite music into this show. Rather than sticking to a single theme or composer, in this programme we get the chance to show off our musical range - to flex our muscles as we get close and personal with some of the greatest music ever written.

Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2 per ticket on all purchases

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Venue Hire, Concerts & Weddings The Stoller Hall and Chetham’s offer superb facilities for your event - whether that’s a conference, performance, dinner or even a wedding. Split across two sites, our spaces offer remarkable contrast between the medieval charm of 15th century College House, and the contemporary elegance of The Stoller Hall and Oglesby Atrium, filled with natural light and state of the art facilities. By choosing us for your event, you will enjoy a rare oasis of calm in the heart of the city whilst demonstrating your support for Manchester’s cultural life.

Spaces for 4-400 guests Minutes from national rail links In house catering and technical support 0161 838 7259

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Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet, TH 42/ČW 39 Keiko ABE Prism Rhapsody BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116

Friday 14 February, 7.30pm

How silver-sweet sound lovers’ tongues by night Like softest music to attending ears!

Franz Anton Krager conductor Fang Zhang marimba

Love shines through in this Valentine’s Day programme by the talented young players of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra – love of music, love of country, and of course, the romantic love at the heart of Tchaikovsky’s Shakespeare-inspired Fantasy Overture.

£19, £16, £11 £15.40 - £8.50 for audiences aged 65+, students & u19s

First, and fittingly, comes Romeo and Juliet; a musical interpretation of three key themes from the famous tale – faith, war, and love. The programme continues with a tour de force concerto for marimba, performed by 16 year old Fang Zhang, showcasing the unique connection between soloist and orchestra. Finally, we hear Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, a celebration of every instrument onstage and, at the same time, a reminiscence for the exiled composer’s lost homeland - a stunning showpiece for any orchestra.

Inside Track Inside The Orchestra Sunday 9 February, 2.30pm £6

Take a seat onstage as Tom Redmond guides you through the rehearsal process and this special programme. Discover how Tchaikovsky transformed Shakespeare’s greatest love story into music, and how Bartók’s deep musical knowledge allowed him to give every instrument a moment in the spotlight.

Deepen your involvement Your support is immensely important in enabling Chetham’s to continue training the finest young musicians, presenting outstanding musical repertoire, and maintainings its unique medieval buildings and Library. Making a philanthropic gift can be extremely rewarding for supporters and for the organisation, allowing you to develop a closer relationship with the work you are passionate about and to deepen your understanding of music, education and literature. Whether you are interested in supporting a specific series or production, meeting instrumental students, composers or singers, or hearing staff talk about their work, there are numerous initiatives through which you can gain a closer insight into the daily life of Chetham’s. Contact the Development Team to discuss how you might deepen your involvement as a regular supporter or member of the Humphrey Chetham Club. 0161 838 7241

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Manchester International Gospel Festival Sunday 16 February, 6.30pm £16 Free to under 12s - ticket required

Amateur choirs and singers from the UK, Europe and USA come together with the dynamic Wayne Ellington – a star of The Voice in 2018 – for a concert that will have the whole audience clapping their hands! Wayne leads Manchester Inspirational Voices, winners of the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2016, as the host choir for this event. Appropriately enough, he’s joined by Clinton Jordan - where Wayne sang with the Kingdom Choir at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Jordan composed a Lullaby for their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. The culmination of the Sixth Manchester International Gospel Festival sees choirs and singers from near and far performing as individual ensembles and as a amassed choir. Feel the vibe - it’s going to be magic.

Kate Rusby

The Demon Barbers XL

The Unthanks

The Breath

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Grace Petrie

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Belinda O’Hooley / Blackbeard’s Tea Party / The Breath / The Demon Barbers Ferocious Dog / Grace Petrie / Kate Rusby / Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Kathryn Williams / Marry Waterson & Emily Barker / Rising Up: Peterloo 2019 Ross & Ali / Rowan Rheingans / Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys / The Servants’ Ball Talisk / The Unthanks / and more... Book now at

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A look ahead Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Guy Johnston

Northern Chamber Orchestra with ChloĂŤ Hanslip

Saturday 14 March, 7.30pm

Friday 20 March, 7.30pm

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Manchester Camerata with Jess Gillam Thursday 26 March, 7.30pm

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Eliza Carthy

Northern Chamber Orchestra with Anthony Marwood

Early April

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm

on sale now The Second Manchester Vocal Festival Sunday 1 March featuring Roderick Williams baritone Christopher Glynn piano Marcus Farnsworth Artistic Director The Manchester Vocal Festival returns for its second year in spring 2020, with a full day of musical participation and discovery culminating in a recital by celebrated baritone Roderick Williams. For his Stoller Hall appearance, Roderick explores songs of travel and journeying in a programme including well-loved lieder by Vaughan Williams, Mahler and Schubert. Full Festival programme coming soon Roderick Williams

Photography Š: Kaupo Kikkas, Lars Borges, Robin Clewley, Pia Johnson

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Chetham’s School of Music The Stoller Hall is based at Chetham’s School of Music – the largest specialist music school in the UK, where over 300 of the finest young musicians from the UK and around the world enjoy an unparalleled music and academic education. Students aged 8-18 follow a full primary, secondary and Sixth Form curriculum alongside a rich musical programme, in which individual instrumental lessons support chamber music classes, choral work, music theory, composition and Jazz. Most students live and learn onsite, with three boarding houses forming a vibrant musical community at the heart of Manchester. Funding through the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme ensures that entry to Chetham’s is always based on musical ability, and never on ability to pay. This funding can cover every aspect of school life, from academic teaching to music lessons and boarding, and is available to all students resident in the UK on a means-tested basis. Chetham’s students give over 300 performances each year, both in the School’s three venues and around the region. When you join them in concert, you could hear the next Stephen Hough, Jennifer Pike or Gwilym Simcock, some of the myriad former Chetham’s students who fill concert halls across the world. 0161 834 9644

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Chetham’s Open Days Saturday 5 October, 10am-2pm Saturday 11 January, 10am-2pm

Do you know a young musician whose talent deserves the chance to shine? We’re always delighted to talk to singers, instrumentalists, composers and Jazz players, and their families, about the opportunities that Chetham’s could offer them. Find out more about a Chetham’s education on our website, or come along to one of our Open Days to explore the School, drop into rehearsals, and chat to current staff and students. Free event - register in advance so we can keep in touch

Concert Highlights Baronial Baroque Thursday 20 November, 5.30pm A musical celebration marking the 300th anniversary of Leopold Mozart, with historically informed performances by Gallant composers including CPE Bach, JJ Quantz and Mozart himself

Chamber Choir: Remembrance and Reflection Monday 11 November, 7pm Talented young singers give a Remembrance Day recital, in their first performance under the leadership of our new Head of Vocal and Choral studies, baritone Marcus Farnsworth.

Concerto Auditions Sunday 2 February, from 11am At Chetham’s, we value collaboration over competition. But once a year, we invite students to audition as soloists for next season’s orchestral programme, and welcome audiences to join us in the final round. Hear some of our most talented young players, and see if your verdict agrees with our expert judges!

Lunchtime Concerts Monday - Friday in termtime 1.30pm Almost every day in termtime, students give free lunchtime recitals in the Carole Nash Hall. From solo instrumentalists to choirs and chamber groups, these lively performances range from short extracts by our remarkably talented Juniors, to full-length recitals by senior students on the verge of professional careers. With talent to rival the world’s finest performers, and youthful enthusiasm to match, join us from 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, for concerts you won’t forget.

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Your Visit How to Find Us






In the heart of Manchester's Medieval Quarter, minutes from rail and Metrolink services at Victoria Station, and with discounted parking at neighbouring Q-Park, The Stoller Hall is easily accessible from across Greater Manchester. Use postcode M3 1DA to find us using satnav, or visit our website for detailed travel information.

How to Book


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The Stoller Hall and Carole Nash Hall are fully accessible, with lifts and disabled toilet facilities, and spaces for wheelchair users available on every floor. Assistance animals are welcome, and Sennheiser in-ear hearing aids are available to borrow. Members of our Access Scheme may request a free seat for an essential companion. Please call 0333 130 0967 or visit for full details of our facilities and to join the Access scheme.

Call 0333 130 0967 to book by telephone. Phone lines are open from 2-4pm Monday to Friday, and from 1 hour prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall. Drop into our Box Office from 1-2.30pm, Monday to Friday, or prior to each concert in The Stoller Hall.

Booking Fees Prices listed include booking fees of up to £2, applicable to all purchases.

Group Bookings For classical and chamber music concerts promoted by The Stoller Hall, groups of 9+ may enjoy a 10% discount, and no booking fees, when tickets are purchased and collected in a single transaction.

Terms and conditions: By booking any ticket via The Stoller Hall/Chetham’s, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Full details may be found on our website. Tickets are non-refundable except in exceptional circumstances. Proof of ID may be requested, including proof of any concession claimed. All ticket holders aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. We reserve the right to refuse admission to ticket holders whose behaviour may affect the enjoyment of other audience members. Recording, photography and filming within the event is forbidden, and mobile phones and other communication devices should be switched off unless otherwise instructed. Latecomers or audience members leaving the auditorium may not be readmitted until a suitable break in the performance. Bag checks will be in operation for most public events. Large bags or cases will not be permitted onsite and we reserve the right to refuse entry. Full security guidelines may be viewed on our website.

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Events at a glance September October

Thu 5

Doors 7pm

An Evening with Richard Jobson of The Skids


Mon 16


Chetham’s Library Heritage Open Days


Tue 17


Beethoven Piano Trios


Sat 21

Doors 7pm

Happy Mum, Happy Baby


Wed 25


Manchester Camerata Mozart: Made in Manchester


Tue 1


Beethoven Piano Trios


Tue 1


Music for Organ and Brass


Tue 8


Hannah James and the JigDoll Ensemble


Thu 10


Brodsky Quartet with Martin Roscoe


Fri 11

Doors 7pm

Citizen Cope


Sat 12


Inside Track Inside The Orchestra


Fri 18


Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: Petrushka


Sat 19 - Sun 20

all day

Festival50 joined in/joined up


Wed 23

Doors 7pm

Lissie Piano Retrospective Tour


Thu 24


Sinfonia Cymru with James Crabb


Tue 29


Chetham’s Library Faking Gothic Furniture



Tue 5


Murray McLachlan


Fri 8


Northern Chamber Orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch


Sat 9


6 Hands - 3 Guitars


Tue 12


Beethoven Piano Trios


Fri 15

10am & 11.30am

Sound Sums Schools Event


Fri 15


Inside Track Focus on Flutes


Fri 15


Adam Walker


Sat 16


Sound Sums Families Event


Sat 16


Chetham’s Big Band


Tue 19


Aquarelle Guitar Quartet


Sat 23


Manchester Collective The Centre is Everywhere


Sun 24


Carcanet at 50: Poem of the Week with Carol Rumens


Tue 26


Fitzwilliam String Quartet



Tue 3


Jennifer Pike with Martin Roscoe


Thu 5


Chetham’s Library Unscripted


Sun 8


A Christmas Carnival


Thu 12


Paul Lewis


Thu 12


A Causley Christmas


Sat 14


Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times


Sat 21


The Syd Lawrence Orchestra Mistletoe & Miller



Wed 15


Miloš Karadaglić


Fri 17


Northern Chamber Orchestra with Colin Currie and Elizabeth Jordan


Thu 23


Catrin Finch & Cimmarón


Sat 25


Manchester Collective Ecstatic Dances



Sun 9


Inside Track Inside The Orchestra


Fri 14


Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra


Sun 16


Manchester International Gospel Festival


Thu 27


Chetham’s Library Unscripted

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