The Stoller Hall is part of Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest specialist music school and the only one based in the north of England.
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 Garfield Weston Foundation and the Stoller Charitable Trust turned the vision into reality, and building work began.
The Stoller Hall will be a home for professional touring artists and for Manchester’s professional and amateur musicians, and will host a vibrant programme of music and spoken word. It will have something to offer to every audience, but running through its work will be the ethos of learning, collaboration and exchange which have come to epitomise Chetham’s role in the community.
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 will help 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.