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Chethams to build 420-seat concert hall
30 March 2014
Chetham’s School of Music has received a major pledge of funding to
create a new concert hall. The 420 capacity £7.5 million Concert
Hall, due for completion in Spring 2017, will be located within Chetham’s new
building, next to Victoria Station in the city centre.
This latest project continues
the expansion of the school and will create a rehearsal and performance venue
for Chetham’s students, visiting artists and ensembles across all genres, and a
vibrant national resource – especially for young people - for music-making,
recording and broadcasting. For Chetham’s students it will offer long-awaited and unrivalled resources and will enable the Chetham’s Symphony
Orchestra to perform in front of an audience in their own home.
The shells of the Concert Hall, Box
Office and Bar have stayed empty since Chetham’s moved into its new building in
September 2012. Work to transform these spaces will soon be underway thanks to
significant initial support from The Garfield Weston Foundation and the
generosity of The Stoller Charitable Trust, allowing the school to realise its
vision to create a symphonic-sized performance space with high-quality
acoustics for the first time in its 45-year history.
The new Concert Hall is a major step
forward in a £50m programme of capital developments at Chetham’s, which began
with a state-of-the-art new school building. Following the Concert Hall, the
next phase will be a Heritage Visitor Attraction sharing history and architecture
The Stoller Charitable Trust
commented: '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. The Stoller Charitable Trust is proud to assist in completing
this important venue to enable the very best music-making and performance
facilities to become available.'
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.'
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