The UK’s leading young musicians – at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester – have returned to the stage to kick off their first full season of live concerts since before the pandemic.

Chetham’s in Manchester is home to more than 300 of the world’s most talented young musicians, ages 8-18.

The performers took the stage at Stoller Hall in Manchester and opened Chetham’s new fall concert season, which includes full orchestral performances alongside free lunchtime concerts every Tuesday through Thursday in November and December.

On Friday, October 22nd, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra opened the series with a performance of 150 Une Barque Sur L’Océan to Ruth Gipps’ Symphony No. 2.

Chetham’s was the first youth orchestra to play Gipps’ Symphony No. 2 in a program that celebrated both landmark women composers and Black History Month, with a performance of Fairtrade composed by MOBO-nominated British cellist and performer Ayanna Witter- Johnson.

Tom Redmond, Join Principal at Chetham School of Music, said:

“It was really something special for our remarkable artists to return to the Stoller Hall stage – and thus to begin a complete autumn series of public concerts in front of a live audience after a pandemic delay of more than 18 months. It was a moment that you will never forget. “

Chetham’s School of Music – the UK’s largest specialized music school – is a charity that aims to support young musicians regardless of background or financial situation. More than 85% of Chetham’s students are supported by scholarships funded through the UK government’s music and dance program and individual donations.

Tickets for Chetham’s Fall-Winter Seasonal Concerts can be booked online at


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