With 300 students aged 8 - 18, Chetham's is the largest specialist Music School in the UK, offering a world-class music education in the heart of Manchester. Its students are drawn from across the UK and internationally, and over 90% receive full or partial funding through the UK government’s Music and Dance scheme.  This ensures that entry is based on musical potential only, and never on background or ability to pay.

Chetham’s vibrant cosmopolitan city centre location complements a dynamic music programme - we regularly collaborate with the city's leading cultural venues on a range of projects and initiatives, to present exciting opportunities for our students. The Stoller Hall, a multi-million pound concert venue, opened onsite in 2017, providing a performance space to match the quality of students’ playing and opening up still more routes for students to perform with leading artists and orchestras.

Chetham's is an integral part of the North West's rich cultural heritage. Chetham’s Library and medieval College House are the oldest surviving buildings in Manchester, dating back to 1421, and still a regular home for readers and audiences. Meanwhile, a bold capital development programme means that learning today takes place in a purpose built new School Building, designed to provide exceptional practice and performance facilities for all instruments alongside an outstanding academic education.

Chetham’s students enjoy regular tuition in solo instrumental lessons, music theory, chamber music and large ensembles, all led by professional performing musicians. Alongside all of this, they enjoy an outstanding academic education – leading to superb exam results, and opening doors to any career, whether on or off the concert platform.