Chetham’s School of Music: Manchester, Lancashire, UK

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Are you looking for a music boarding school in the UK? Great Manchester, Lancarshire location. With 290 or so students, aged 8 – 18, Chetham's School of Music in Manchester is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and the only Boarding Music School based in the North of England. In the heart of Manchester, our 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.


Chetham's is an integral part of the North West's rich cultural heritage, housed in buildings that are nearly 600 years old and boasting a truly unique and magical atmosphere. Our medieval buildings are one of Manchester’s real gems – playing music in the Baronial Hall is undoubtedly an experience in itself!


A student's diary is always busy and packed with opportunities inside and outside the practice room. Recently, students of this music boarding school have broadcast for BBC Radio 3, performed at BBC Proms in the Park, composed music in response to artworks from the British Art Show and performed as part of an exhibition at Manchester Museum. Our jazz musicians regularly perform at leading venues and our two Big Bands are regularly winners of national prizes. The Chamber Choir of this music boarding school recently performed at the BBC Proms with the Gabrielli Consort and Paul McCreesh and recorded for Deutsche Grammophone.


We also share our Manchester home with The Bridgewater Hall, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic orchestras and Royal Northern College of Music – Chets students regularly benefit from our strong links with the organisations through events and festivals. Many of Chetham’s tutors also teach at the RNCM and are principal players with the city's orchestras.


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7 days boarding: 

GBP 11,230-12,256 per term

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Chetham’s a music boarding school


Chetham’s a music boarding school is situated in the heart of Manchester in Cathedral gardens, a new green space for the city.  Opposite Urbis and in front of Victoria train station, Chetham’s is within easy reach of all main train, bus and road links.




There is no parking available within Chetham’s, except by prior arrangement for elderly or disabled patrons.  There are several public car parks within a few minutes walk from us.


Public Transport


By train: Chetham’s is situated opposite Manchester Victoria station where direct services run from across the North-West.  Manchester Victoria is a 10-minute direct tram journey from Manchester Piccadilly.


By tram: Metrolink tram services from Altrincham, Bury, Piccadilly, Oldham/Shaw & Crompton and St. Werburgh’s Road stop at Victoria Station. 


By bus: Buses stop minutes walk from Chetham’s on Corporation Street and at Shudehill Transport Interchange.  The central bus station at Piccadilly Gardens, where many main services stop is 10 minutes walk away or catch the Bury tram and alight at Victoria Station.


Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate Manchester, Lancashire M3 1SB

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