The Stoller Hall

Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1DA, UK

An active strand of family concerts, workshops and masterclasses; adult learning and discussion; close connections with music education across Greater Manchester; collaboration between professional and emerging artists. All of these things combine to make The Stoller Hall a place for music, for learning, for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, for those who wish to listen, for those who wish to watch, and for those who wish to play.

Current and forthcoming projects

We’re delighted to welcome the Stoller Hall Outreach Ensemble – a newly-formed ensemble of superb professional musicians, all committed to Chetham’s ethos of learning, collaboration and exchange with audiences of all ages.

The Outreach Ensemble will present an ongoing series of concerts specially devised for schools and families with children aged around 7 and upwards. Through musical excerpts, conversation, clues and practical activities, children will discover the magical world of music and how it plays its part in storytelling, mathematics and sport.

View the full range of School and Family concerts here!

Information for concert promoters

The Stoller Hall features an acoustically immaculate auditorium designed by Stephenson Studio and Arup Acoustics, with full technical, Front of House and Box Office support.

Promoters bringing artists to The Stoller Hall will benefit from:

  • A brand new, 482-seat auditorium with fully accessible facilities, VIP areas and spacious Atrium for refreshments, merchandising and pre-show events.
  • A state-of-the-art acoustic developed by Arup, creating the perfect space for chamber music, jazz, recitals, recordings, popular music or spoken word.
  • High quality, brand new PA and lighting with in-house technical support.
  • Inclusion in our season brochure and in local listings, with full Box Office provision and marketing support.
  • High quality backstage and rehearsal facilities for artists and crew.
    An intimate yet impressive setting providing a unique audience experience in the heart of Manchester.

North-West England

The Stoller Hall is an exceptional new concert venue based in Chetham’s School of Music, in the heart of Manchester in the UK.

Chetham’s has long identified the need for a high quality performance space, suited to the outstanding musical talent of its students.  Furthermore, the city of Manchester – whilst well endowed with music venues, ranging from the classical elegance of The Bridgewater Hall to the vibrant energy of Band on the Wall – lacked a space designed for chamber music, combining the intimacy of a small venue with impressive visual and acoustic design.

When Chetham’s New School Building opened in 2012, funding limitations meant that the planned concert hall existed only as a void.  Three years later, generous donations from the Stoller Charitable Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation turned the vision into reality, and building work began. On 21 April 2017 it opened its doors with a celebratory Opening Weekend, beginning with a live broadcast of BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and including performances by jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, comedian Ted Robbins, and conductor Sir Mark Elder alongside an orchestra of student and professional musicians.

The Hall’s stunning architecture, designed by Stephenson STUDIO, resulted in a national RIBA Award in 2017, when it was named one of the 49 best new buildings in the country. Acoustics by Arup have set a standard described by Robert Beale for the Arts Desk as, ‘deliver(ing) the music as if every hearer is in the conductor’s shoes’.

The Stoller Hall is establishing a reputation as a home for professional touring artists and for Manchester’s musicians, in a vibrant programme of music and performance. Festivals, family and school concerts, new music, comedy, folk and jazz together offer something for every audience, and running through the programme is the ethos of learning, collaboration and exchange which have come to epitomise Chetham’s role in the city.

The Hall has also proven its worth as a centre for conferencing, rehearsals and recording, with a succession of high profile clients from the city’s cultural and business community. The Hall has its own entrance on Hunts Bank, superb technical facilities and boasts superb transport links, located directly opposite Victoria Station.

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NYCGB (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)

Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, UK

North-East England


The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University.

Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK’s vibrant and diverse choral tradition.

The NYCGB Vision

NYCGB’s vision is to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK.

Our goals are to:

  • Discover exceptional musical talent
  • Provide inspirational teaching and guidance
  • Create exceptional performance opportunities
  • Enthuse young people from all backgrounds in the joy of singing
  • Enable outstanding cultural leadership

We aim to inspire our members through stimulating creative processes, diverse performance opportunities and through exciting encounters and collaborations.

Underpinning these goals is the aim to ensure participation and inclusivity from the widest range of young people.

How many choirs are there?

Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25:

  • The National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15. Incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices.
  • The National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15.
  • The National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
  • The National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-22.
  • The National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25. Incorporating the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

When do the choirs rehearse?

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. This means that you can still sing with your regular choir/s during the rest of the year, and at Christmas – in fact, we think regular choral singing is a really good idea.

These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop your vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.

Where do the courses take place?

We visit a number of different places in the UK for our residential courses, because our members come from all over the UK.

As a national organisation, the choirs of NYCGB perform in geographically diverse locations across the UK. Reaching people in different areas helps the organisation to join up with people involved in singing at different levels all over the country, and to find young singers who might not otherwise realise that they can apply to join in.

What happens on a residential course?

NYCGB residential courses include full and sectional rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship. Junior choirs also practice Alexander Technique with qualified practitioners.

We aim to stretch and challenge our members to develop a flexible and creative approach to performance and to help them to embrace a diverse repertoire.

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Handel & Hendrix in London

+44 (0)20 7495 1685

25 Brook Street, London W1K, UK

Handel & Hendrix in London is dedicated to learning and education. We aim to promote knowledge, awareness and enjoyment of Handel, Hendrix and their music through inspiring, engaging, fun, creative and informative learning programmes.

Our historic buildings and new learning studio create the perfect platform for as wide an audience as possible to see, hear, do and learn. Find out more on our website.

Live music is an important part of what we do at Handel & Hendrix in London to bring to life the world of these two musical greats.

Rehearsals, masterclasses, talks, late night openings, and the weekly Baroque concert series celebrate both Handel and Hendrix’s London.

Many of the Baroque recitals taking place in the historic Music Room where Handel would rehearse his latest operas or oratorios with musicians and singers. You can find out more on the rehearsals that take place in Handel’s Music Room during regular opening hours here.

We are extremely grateful to the individuals, trusts and foundations for supporting Handel House.
Academy of Founders
Founding Patron
Co-operative Insurance Society

Founding Benefactor
Heritage Lottery Fund

Principal Benefactors
Foundation for Sport and the Arts
Fidelity Investments through the Fidelity Foundation
Horace W Goldsmith Foundation
In loving memory of Anne Gumerlock Lee
Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement
Blyth Watson Charitable Trust
Simon & Glennie Weil
The Welton Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation

Fellow Benefactors
The John Ellerman Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Sir John Fisher Foundation
The Golsoncott Foundation
Nicholas & Judith Goodison
The Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity
Hubert James
Christopher & Phillida Purvis
Anthon & Diane Vonk
The Wolfson Foundation

Associate Benefactors
Richard & Diana Allan
Arthur Andersen
The John Coates Charitable Trust
Coudert Brothers, James B Sitrick
The Drapers’ Company
Simon Eccles
The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust
Donald & Jeanne Kahn
The Kohn Foundation
John Lewis Partnership
National Foundation for Youth Music
Pilkington Family Trusts
Giles Ridley
Seddons Solicitors
Hugh & Catherine Stevenson
John Studzinski
The Wilson Family Foundation

Charles & Miranda Alexander
Tom Bendhem
Gerry Byrne
John Chown
John S Cohen Foundation
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Fleming Family & Partners
Dr Gert-Rudolf Flick
J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
The Grocers’ Charity
The Nancy Hadwen Charitable Trust
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Alexander Hamilton
The Idlewild Trust
The J P Jacobs Charitable Trust
The Jephcott Charitable Trust
Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
Brad Leissa
John H McFadden
Macmillan Publishers Ltd
The Stone Mallabar Foundation
The Parthenon Group
The Parthenon Trust
The Pilgrim Trust
The Rayne Foundation
Rothmans UK Holdings Ltd
Rothschild Trust Charities
David & Sandy Scholey
Michael & Mary Scott Morton
The Seymour Foundation
Michael & Rosemary Warburg
The Duke of Westminster
Mike & Kim Wilson

Major Donors to the Capital Project
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Sir Siegmund Warburg Voluntary Settlement
Garfield Weston Foundation
J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
Linbury Trust
Adrian Frost
James and Laura Duncan
Mike and Caroline Howes
Supporters 2016-17
Handel House Circle
Jim and Laura Duncan
Adrian Frost
Simon and Glenda Weil

David Bailey
Michael and Caroline Howes
Michael Ridley

Sir Nicholas and Lady Goodison
Janine Rensch
Michael and Rosemary Warburg

Miranda Alexander
Richard and Diana Allan
Richard and Rosamund Bernays
Francis and Angela Chronnell
Laurence Cummings
The Hon Simon Eccles
John Galt
Jane Gibson
The Hon William and Mrs Gibson
Charles and Kaaren Hale
Charles Hindson
Daniel and Tamasin Hochberg
Richard Hopkin and Richard Clark
Mark Loveday
Lord and Lady Phillimore
The Hon Olga Polizzi
Sue Powell
Hamish and Carol Ritchie
Christopher and Phillida Purvis
George and Joy Sypert
Dr Christopher and Lady Juliet Tadgell
George and Patricia White

Handel’s American Circle
The Arthur L Loeb Foundation
Mary Deissler
Nancy Freudenthal
Ellen and John Harris
Robert and Rosslyn Hicks
Patricia Loveland
Mike and Kay McCarthy
Nicholas McGegan
Robert Ronus
Robert Shapiro
Robert Strassler

John Roberts
Sir Charles and Lady Mackerras
Ian Ivor Cane
D.H. de Carle
John Watkins

Grants and Foundations
The Heritage Lottery Fund

Ampelos Trust  (in honour of Ruth Rendell)
Anglo-American Charitable Foundation
Artisa Foundation
Barrington Foundation
Bircham Dyson Bell Charitable Trust
California Community Trust
Cecil Pilkington Charitable Trust
Charles and Carmen Hale Foundation
John Lyon’s Charity
Kathleen Hannay Memorial Charity
New York Community Trust
Olwen and Edwin Powell Award
The Segelman Trust

The mission of Handel & Hendrix in London is to promote knowledge, awareness and enjoyment of Handel and his music to as wide a public audience as possible.

We strive to inspire, educate and inform through the interpretation of the Georgian house at 25 Brook Street, where Handel lived and composed for 36 years, through live music performances, educational and outreach activities and collecting, exhibiting and interpreting objects related to Handel’s life and works.

In addition, we aim to promote the continuing and diverse musical and cultural heritage of 23 Brook Street through its association with Jimi Hendrix who lived here in the late 20th century.

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The National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain (NYWO) is the UK’s premier youth wind orchestra for approximately 75 young musicians aged 14 to 21.

Established as a charity in 1986 by Stephen Dodgson, Leonard Salzedo, Andrew McGavin and Robert Montgomery, the orchestra was originally named the British Youth Wind Orchestra when it was first founded in 1968 by founder and clarinettist Eric McGavin. NYWO brings together some of the finest young woodwind, brass and percussion players in the country.

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Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO)

+44 (0)1675 442050

United Kingdom

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra is now widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands.

Its reputation has been founded on a consistently high quality of performance over two decades. In addition, audiences find they are infected by the enjoyment which band members bring to performances, and the excitement which the band generates.

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+44 (0)20 7638 8891

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, UK

A world-class arts and learning centre, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. 

We work with artists to create an innovative international programme that crosses art forms, collaborating with organisations from around the globe to give audiences opportunities to experience the work of acclaimed international companies and artists.

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Xiqu Centre

+852 2200 0022

88 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Located on the eastern edge of the West Kowloon Cultural District, at the junction of Canton Road and Austin Road, the Xiqu Centre is directly accessible from the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (Express Rail Link) and Austin MTR station, and easy to reach by public transport from all parts of Hong Kong.

The building’s striking design, created by Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects) and Ronald Lu & Partners, was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form. Stepping through the main entrance, shaped to resemble parted stage curtains, visitors are led directly into a lively atrium with a raised podium and space for presenting the rich and ancient culture of Chinese traditional theatre.

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Islington Assembly Hall

+44 (0)20 7527 8900

Upper Street, London, UK

Islington Assembly Hall is a Grade II listed live music venue and events space on Upper Street in London’s Islington.

Once the home of tea parties and variety shows, the historic building has adapted well to life in the 21st century, becoming an important venue in the capital’s exciting live music scene while continuing to provide for the local community.

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National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

35 Stanton Road, Bristol, UK

Launched in September 2018, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

NOYO musicians will be empowered to radically redefine the idea of ‘The Orchestra’ – inspiring new musical instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century.

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Orchestra of St John’s

+44 (0)77 7590 4626

22 Anna Pavlova Close, Abingdon, UK

Musicians, critics and concert promoters say that Orchestra of St John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets.

Our Chamber orchestra was founded 50 years ago by conductor John Lubbock and boasts some of the most exceptional musicians in the country. We have performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall with world famous soloists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Sir James Galway, John Lill, Dame Janet Baker, Tasmin Little, Stephen Isserlis and many others.

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Philharmonia Orchestra

+44 (0)20 7921 3900

6 Chancel Street, London, UK

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century.

Led by its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia creates thrilling performances in the concert hall and reaches new listeners and participants through audience development projects, digital technology and a learning and participation programme.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

+44 (0)1202 644714

2 Seldown Lane, Poole, UK

Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893.

The Orchestra performs over 150 concerts each year in its home territory of over 10,000 square miles, from full symphonic concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Cheltenham, Brighton and beyond to intimate ensemble performances in smaller venues. The BSO also tours internationally and has appeared on many of the world’s great stages including Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Musikverein, Vienna.

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Pop-Up Opera

+44 (0)7834 898 311

6 St Paul's Pl, London, UK

At Pop-Up Opera, we’ll be in a dilapidated chapel one day and a castle the next, making every performance unique.

Our audiences range from aged 5-95 and everything in between – including opera newbies and opera lovers – and this diversity is what we exist for.

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La Nuova Musica

London, United Kingdom

La Nuova Musica is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque and early Classical period. 

Placing drama and theatricality at the heart of its performances, La Nuova Musica has rapidly established itself as ‘one of the most exciting consorts in the early music field’ (BBC Radio 3). La Nuova Musica performs at the pre-eminent Early Music venues and festivals in Austria, Germany and Italy, and is a regular guest at Aldeburgh Music, Brighton Festival, London Handel Festival, St John’s Smith Square, Spitalfields Music and Wigmore Hall.

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Early Opera Company

+44 (0)7967 127734

8 The Ridgeway, Smeeth, Ashford, UK

Founded by its Artistic Director Christian Curnyn, Early Opera Company’s vision is to celebrate baroque music in ways that delight and inspire audiences.

They collaborate with world-class partners, inspire audiences with outstanding productions, recordings and broadcasts of baroque opera and early music, and invest in the professional development of the next generation of baroque-specialist musicians.

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London Early Opera

+44 (0)77 79284262

London, UK

The London Early Opera is a leading exponent of baroque research as it works closely with musicologists, historians, editors and researchers in finding new programmes and unrecorded music featuring detailed historical performance practice.

The group is directed by harpsichordist, conductor and early music specialist Bridget Cunningham, and they have performed to acclaim at several major venues, including Southwark Cathedral, Grosvenor Chapel and St James’ Church, Piccadilly and across France. London Early Opera offers concerts, operas, educational workshops, lecture recitals and recordings, and collaborate on other projects such as their recent recording of George Butterworth.

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St George’s Hanover Square

+44 (0)20 7629 0874

The Vestry, 2A Mill Street, London, UK

St George’s, Hanover Square, is an Anglican church in the City of Westminster, central London, built in the early eighteenth century.

George Frideric Handel was a regular worshipper at St George’s, which is now one of the venues used by the annual London Handel Festival. St. George’s has a full-time professional choir and a strong choral tradition and is a venue for classical music concerts. The church is also one of the two main bases of the Orpheus Sinfonia, an orchestra of players recently graduated from music colleges.

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St George’s Hall, Liverpool

+44 (0)151 233 3020

St George's Pl, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK

Situated opposite Lime Street station, St George’s Hall provides a magnificent welcome to Liverpool, reflecting the pride and passion of the Victorians who built this land-mark venue.

The Hall can rightly claim to be the emotional heart of the region; it has been the spontaneous gathering place for the people of Liverpool in times of celebration, vigils and commemorations; important moments happen here, moments following the deaths of the Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison; the homecomings of Liverpool and Everton football teams after Cup Final victories; the Peoples’ Opening of our European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008, when Ringo played from the roof of the building to over 50,000 people.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

+44 (0)151 709 3789

Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street, Liverpool, UK

Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gives over 80 concerts each season in our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as performances throughout the UK and venues throughout the world.

We are proud that we are at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life. Liverpool Philharmonic has been working with schools and the community through its orchestral programme since the 1940s, when Sir Malcolm Sargent first introduced a concert series for schools. Today, our Learning Programme offers a range of inspirational lifelong learning opportunities to enjoy and take part in live music-making of the highest quality.

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Leeds Town Hall

+44 113 376 0318

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD, UK

Leeds Town Hall is the city’s landmark location.

The magnificent structure dominates the skyline at the centre of the city – which in turn is in the heart of the UK. Leeds’ favourite building, opened in 1858, hosts the best in classical music, gigs, comedy, film, festivals and more.

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