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A Chetham’s Christmas

A film of festive music for all

Festive greetings from Chetham’s School of Music! As Christmas approaches, we wanted to do something to spread some joy, and what better way than through music? We feel extremely fortunate to have spaces where we can sing and play safely and we have produced this film, full of some of our Christmas favourites, as our gift to you. We hope it brings you joy and happiness.

With love from all at Chetham’s

P.S We know it might be tempting to sing along, but please don’t unless you have the space to do so safely!

If you’re watching this at home or in school and would like to access some activities which you can do along with the film please click here.

You can download a full transcript of the film here (including words for the carols).

If you would like to use subtitles, please click the Subtitle Toggle button at the base of the film.


We’d like to thank lots of people who helped make this film possible:

Ellie Slorach
All the students and staff of Chetham’s School of Music
Everyone at The Stoller Hall
Supporters of the 50th Anniversary Fund
The Zochonis Charitable Trust
The Michael Bishop Foundation
The Duchy of Lancaster
The Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust
Mill Media

St Herbert’s RC Primary School
St Catherine’s RC Primary School
St James’ C of E Primary School 


Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: 

Christmas Overture by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor arr. S. Baynes  

Chetham’s Saxophone Quartet: 

Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson arr. N. White  

Tung Brass Quintet:

La Mourisque by Tielman Susato  

Chetham’s Brass Ensemble and Year 13 Choir:

Once in Royal David’s City arr. David Willcocks 

Chetham’s Percussionists and Lower School featuring guest primary schools:

Samba de Natal arr. P. Birkby  

Chetham’s String Orchestra:

White Christmas by Irving Berlin arr. M. Barrera  

Chetham’s Brass Ensemble and Year 13 choir: 

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. David Willcocks 


Andante Festivo by Jean Sibelius  

Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra: 

Valse des Fleurs from ‘The Nutcracker’ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr. M. Shaw  

Chetham’s Brass Ensemble and Year 13 choir:

Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing arr. David Willcocks