Chetham’s School of Music announces plans for new concert hall

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The school has received funding to build a world-class concert hall in Manchester's city centre

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Chetham’s School of Music announces plans for new concert hall

Chetham's has been given the go-ahead to build a new 420-seat concert hall in the centre of Manchester.

This project is the latest phase in the school’s £50m expansion plan and will create a rehearsal and performance space for pupils, visiting artists and ensembles.

Funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Stoller Charitable Trust, work will soon begin to fulfill the school’s vision for a large performance space with high-quality acoustics within its grounds.

The Stoller Charitable Trust is proud to support the project saying: ‘Chetham’s School of Music has established itself over the centuries as a jewel in the crown of Manchester’s educational and cultural centre, and its exceptional new building cries out for the completion of a world-class Concert Hall.’

Stephen Threlfall, Director of Music said: ‘We are committed to developing and expanding our role in music education and performance, increasing the contribution we make to the musical life of the nation. This is our home, but it’s not just for us. We want to share it with the people of Manchester, musicians from across the country and visitors from around the world’.

The £7.5 million concert hall is due to be completed in Spring 2017 and will be located within Chetham’s new building next to Victoria Station in the heart of Manchester.

Holly Harrison