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Chetham’s is a partner in both Manchester and Greater Manchester Music Education Hubs. We’re delighted that the Greater Manchester Youth Jazz and String Orchestras have been holding their regular rehearsal weekends here at Chetham’s since they began! Chetham’s New School Building provides a fantastic base for the ensembles to meet and rehearse together or in breakout spaces, and for our students and staff to work with a range of young musicians from the region.

Several Chetham’s students are players with the Jazz Orchestra, and our Director of Music, Stephen Threlfall, and Deputy Head of Strings Owen Cox are both involved in conducting and tutoring the String Orchestra. This partnership builds on our strong relationship with the Greater Manchester Music Education Hub, and gives both ensembles opportunities to explore new repertoire and prepare for performances at high profile Hub celebrations and other prestigious events. The Jazz Orchestra excelled at festival performances in Wigan last June, while the String Orchestra made an outstanding appearance at the GM Music Hub Celebration Concert at Bridgewater Hall in July. We’re looking forward to seeing both Orchestras for their next rehearsals in September and November.

Want to find out more about joining a GM Youth Orchestra? Contact your local Music Service for more information.

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